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New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
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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