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The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
Lee Chaffee, LMT
By Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB and Lee Chaffee
Author's note: Professional of Note is a column devoted to recognizing individual practitioners and what they are contributing to the profession. Each article will highlight a unique feature of a practitioner's professional practice.The purpose of the column is to take note of people who are not necessarily nationally known, but who make significant contributions to the field.
Lee Chaffee of Peterborough, New Hampshire is known to massage therapists throughout the state as a trailblazer in the business of on-site seated massage. With a great reputation for quality service over the past 16 years, Lee focuses on taking her hands and heart, along with her table and/or chair, to clients at their home or work. Lee is state-licensed in NH; nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork; and a member of the AMTA, holding a specialization in event sports massage.
Referring to the massage technique she created, known as Lee's Portal Hands, Lee says, "I created a unique protocol for doing seated massage by exploring ways to prevent repetitive pain patterns on myself." Injuries to her thumbs and wrists from a previous profession were a motivating factor in her quest to prevent further injuries for herself and other therapists. "As far as I know, I'm an innovator of seated massage in New Hampshire, and 10 years ago I was the first one to make a living solely on seated massage."
She has provided massage to hundreds of people in major businesses at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Phone) and Digital Computer (now Compaq), as well as at a local hospital, and real estate, computer and medical offices.
As is the case with many of us in the profession, "word-of-mouth" promotion can be attested by many of Lee's clients. Patsy Franklin from Auburn, NH, says: "A colleague told me to see Lee when she was doing on-site seated massage at Compaq. I was 34 weeks pregnant and could not stand up straight due to sciatic pressure. After Lee massaged my side and lower back, I started feeling much better, and continued to do so with regular visits. Now it's been eight years, including another pregnancy, since she started providing me regular massage in my home."
Lee developed her sequence, which she calls "Lee's Russian Method of Seated Massage," based on techniques learned through her study with educators teaching the Russian methods. Russian techniques require minimal use of the thumbs. By incorporating the use of the dorsal side of the hand against the surface of the client's body, along with using a fixed wrist and fingers, and providing the thrust of movement from the therapist's shoulder, the wrist remains in neutral position most of the time.
When working on clients, Lee initially follows a choreographed sequence that lasts 25 minutes. As she gets to know the client, she will vary her patterns to suit the needs of the person. Lee explains: "I also incorporate my neutral hand technique into my table massage, so I'm able to continue to work without experiencing the pain symptoms I had several years ago. It's important when practitioners start out to be mindful of their own body, to keep a repetitive pain syndrome from slowing or ending their career."
Lee has a creative approach to educating all her clients about a simple self-help tool, while combining it with the marketing strategy of getting her name out there. Clients appreciate receiving what has become Lee's trademark gift: two tennis balls encased in a stockinet sleeve that has been imprinted with her business name and tied with a bow. As client Patsy Franklin says, "After my pregnancy, she taught me to roll the tennis balls under my feet and in the lumbar and buttock areas to help relieve pressure points."
These days, Lee has a varied professional massage schedule. To make time for developing and balancing other massage-related venues, she limits her seated massage to about 10 hours per week. Consequently, she has expanded her professional skills into education, as an instructor of Russian seated massage in an area massage school. During the past several years, she has developed her business and marketing acumen from "trial and error" to fine-tune and market her teaching video on Russian seated massage. Lee's current focus (and source of "a great deal of professional satisfaction") is presenting workshops on Russian seated massage and demonstrating her seated massage technique at massage seminars and conventions.
Click here for previous articles by Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB.
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