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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
Accentuate the Positive
By Cary Bayer
Massage Today is pleased to introduce our newest columnist, Cary Bayer. Cary is a life coach and CEU provider licensed by both the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the Florida Board of Massage Therapy.He has successfully coached more than two dozen massage therapists in several states in the past year, and conducts private sessions by the ocean in south Florida and the mountains of New York state.
Half a century ago, Broadway's Tin Pan Alley offered the above advice to Americans who wanted to succeed in love and business. It's still true today for therapists who want to succeed in life and massage.
Most massage therapists think of their massage work as a "practice." If you want to "practice" massage, call me; I'll be glad to let you practice on my back. If you want a massage business, I'll show you how to change the attitudes about money and business kicking around in your subconscious mind that hold you back from success.
A powerful way to accomplish this transformation is to "rewire" your mind through affirmations. Naturally, it's important to discover the negative thoughts preventing your success. I have discovered five common negative thoughts in coaching more than two dozen massage therapists this past year, including the following:
These limited thoughts must be healed to take your massage business to the next level. Let's focus on the second thought (probably the most detrimental of the five): "Doing massage is so enjoyable, I don't need to get paid much for it." For this thought, I recommend the following affirmation:
On a piece of paper, draw two vertical lines to form three columns. In the left column, write down the affirmation. Writing down the affirmation helps create its truth in your life, and transforms your mind's resistance. In the middle column, write down the negative response it elicits. For example, suppose the negative thought that comes up is: "If I do the massage work that I love, not enough people will come." Write down your negative response without judging yourself for having it. In the right column, create a new affirmation to specifically treat this response. A good one would be: "The same force of nature that helps my clients heal on the massage table, supports me when I do the massage work I love."
This process accepts, without judgment, the negative thinking that prevents the affirmation from being your current reality. Writing the response to the negative thought releases that resistance from your being. I recommend writing this affirmation 10 times a day for a week; the following week, say it out loud 10 times a day with feeling, until its truth manifests in your daily life, then return to this three-part written process the following week.
To recap, each written repetition has three parts:
Repeat this process three times; then, on the fourth repetition, write your affirmations in a second-person voice. For example:
Continue the three-part pattern until you reach the seventh repetition, then switch to a third-person voice:
Continue using this voice until completing the 10th repetition, then start at the beginning, using the first person, and so on. It's like coming full circle, ending where you started. In your final repetition, only repeat the first affirmation.
It would have been wonderful to have had daily affirmations as children, or to be told bedtime stories about our future success. Since that often was not the case, it is up to you to train yourself. It's high time you became loving and loyal to your "higher self", and this once-a-day affirmation exercise can help a great deal.
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