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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
How Do You Say "No" When Your Client Says "Yes"?
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
Heads up, readers: we have some work to do! Put yourselves in the place of these bodyworkers:
What do you do? What do you say? How do you handle it when your client says, "yes," but your instinct says, "no, no, NO"?
Massage therapists are better trained in contraindications today than we've ever been, and I'm proud to be part of that movement. Our clients depend on us to make informed decisions about whether Swedish massage or other types of bodywork are the best choices for their needs. Still, it is inevitable that some people who may be at risk may seek massage - and the responsibility for causing any harm rests squarely on the massage therapist. All of the scenarios described above are based on real-life situations in which clients could be injured or have their condition dangerously neglected. It could happen to any of us, at any time - in some instances, it already has.
I believe that getting good training in pathology in the context of massage and bodywork is the first step in being able to work with clients who aren't perfectly healthy. We must develop critical-thinking skills so that we can make wise choices about different types of bodywork in different situations. But the next step, often the harder step, is taking action on those choices when they may not be in agreement with our clients' wishes.
How do you do that? How do you say, "No, we can't do this today, because if we do you could end up in the hospital"?
So many obstacles are in our way: staying within our scope of practice; not wanting to lose clients; not wanting to make a mistake or overreact; not wanting to get sued; but above all, not wanting to inadvertently hurt someone!
I have some ideas about how to frame these difficult conversations with our clients (which I will share in my next column), but I work in a bit of a vacuum. I am not in a full-time practice, and I don't work in a setting in which I see a lot of people who may be ill. Instead, I spend the bulk of my professional hours teaching and writing. This is a topic that needs to be addressed by the people who are really doing it - that's you!
So here is your invitation - no, here is your assignment:
Think about the last time you had to change your plans with a client to adapt to his or her health situation. Maybe you couldn't do Swedish massage, but had to switch to something else. Maybe you had to avoid an area the client hoping to have worked on. Maybe you had to reschedule your appointment altogether. How did you do it? Did your client object? How did you handle it? Would you do it differently next time?
Send me a description of your experience. It doesn't have to be eloquent or fancy; it just has to be real. I'll edit it, and change the names to protect the innocent. I'll clear my final draft with you, and then it will appear in Massage Today so that we can all learn from your experience.
This column is meant to be a forum to share our success stories and, maybe more importantly, our mistakes for the benefit of all massage therapists. Be brave. Let us know how you handle this delicate issue. Allow us to learn from each other.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Until then, good health and happiness...
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President.
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