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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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
How to Say "No," Continued...
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
I am absolutely overwhelmed with the volume and heartfelt quality of your replies to my last challenge ("How do you say 'No' when your client says 'Yes'?").I received dozens of letters from all over the country, from people with extraordinary stories to tell. I was so excited to share with you the wonderful ideas and experiences people have sent me. And then my hard drive melted. I was able to salvage some things, but not, alas, any of my e-mail. It disappeared into the ether. It is gone, gone, gone.
I quickly (well, as quickly as I could think of it) sent a letter to Massage Today, asking if they could put a squib in the July issue to request that my respondents resend their wonderful letters --but of course, I missed the deadline.
So, wonderful letter-writers, if you still have copies of the letters you sent me, could you please send them again? I promise I'll be conscientious and save them not only in an e-mail file, but also in a place where they can be restored if necessary.
In the meantime, I did have a few letters that I have been able to save. It's hard to choose what topic to address, since so many rich ones came up, including...
This month, I decided to try to address the most common theme I heard. Here's an excerpt from a registered massage therapist in Texas:
I respond to these clients by educating them on the effects of a deep tissue massage on a body that has not been prepared for it (extreme soreness, nausea, headaches, flu like symptoms, and the process of how the body eliminates metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, etc.). I tell them that this is not the type of massage they will receive from me, as it is not in the best interest of their body at this time. If a deep tissue massage is what they want to work towards, then we set up regular scheduled appointments to accomplish that.
I refuse to do any type of bodywork, on any client, that I feel is not in their best interest at that time. I would rather lose that client.
My advice is, the massage therapist is the professional and educated person in these situations, and the client relies on us to know what we practice and what is in their best interest. We need to act like the professional educated people that we are, and say "no" when we know it's the right thing to do for that client.
Our profession loses many potential clients due to negative experiences resulting from a therapist not saying "no" when they should have.
Among many important issues raised here is who is in charge of a session. This therapist absolutely nailed my point: in the client-therapist relationship, the therapist is the authority. We are obligated to make decisions for our clients' best interest, even when it's not what they think they want. This writer went on to describe another situation in which massage therapist complied with a client's wishes for a deep tissue massage, against better judgment. The client was injured, she required extensive physical therapy to recover, and she will never seek massage again. How much damage is done to our profession when this happens?
Many writers had wonderful insights about how to frame difficult conversations with clients. Based on these and my own experiences with clients, students, and active listening skills, here are some basic guidelines that are pretty universally applicable:
This is a simple format for difficult conversations that can be applied to a wide variety of problems, from health concerns, to chronic lateness, to someone who has a habit of canceling appointments at the last minute. Sadly, when we're on the spot, sensible communication skills go right out of our heads. That's why it can be useful to have a simple, clear-cut formula for dealing with these difficult situations. In my next article, I'll outline some other communication guidelines that can make these relationships nurturing, fruitful experiences that can allow both therapists and clients to grow and benefit. I will also describe some of the other alarming scenarios that therapists have described to me in recent months.
Again, to those of you who wrote last time, and to any other readers who have problems they would like to see addressed, please, please, please resend your letters! Until then, good health and happiness.
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President.
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