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The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
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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