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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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
Do the Massage Work You Love and the Money Will Follow...But When?
By Cary Bayer
About a year ago, a massage therapist friend of mine who never tried to build a business after receiving her training and license was fed up with the job she was doing to pick up a paycheck.About six months earlier she had read the book, "Do What You Love, the Money will Follow," by Marsha Sinetar, and decided it was time she quit and pursued her passion: to build a massage business once and for all. But after six months of failing to bring enough clients to her table to get her practice off the ground, the money still didn't follow.
She did a lot of waiting and complaining, but little else. She did little to proactively make the money follow, something I've observed often in many of the three dozen massage therapist clients I've coached over the past few years. She was living off her savings, which was running low. Panicked, she asked me what to do.
I told her what I tell all my clients - whether they're massage therapists or in sales: If you do what you love, the money will follow. But - and this is the pivotal point - the time it takes for each person's money to follow is radically different. This is particularly true if your relationship to money and marketing is passive at best, or adversarial at worst.
Some moons ago (a few dozen more than 200, if you're counting), I quit the last job I ever had in order to pursue what I loved. At that time, it was writing comedy. Within the "lame-duck" two-week period between giving notice and leaving, I got an offer from a movie producer to write a screenplay for his feature-length comedy. This is doing what you love and having the money follow quickly.
Not everybody has such rapid manifestation time; I certainly don't all the time, and quite rare is the person who does. Christ said that if you have faith and ask the mountain to move, it will move, but few of us have that degree of faith, and transportation departments, when building highways through the mountains, tend to complement their faith with their bulldozers.
If you're going to do what you love so that the money follows, go after it with passion, enthusiasm and good, old-fashioned American marketing "know-how." Remember: "God helps those who help themselves." A variation on this is: "God helps those massage therapists who market themselves." Don't passively wait for it to come to you. As another proverb goes, "If the mountain doesn't come to Mohammed, Mohammed goes to the mountain." I also suggest combining marketing with some inner work on your mind and heart.
Keep your heart pure. Money miracles happen most frequently to those whose hearts are pure. If there are people you're angry with, now is the time to forgive them. (It also helps to forgive yourself for your own procrastination in building your massage business.) To help toward that end, there is a three-part letter-writing process that can enable you to reach true completion with that person:
This letter actually can be sent. I say "can" in a qualified way, because working with hundreds of people in this way has shown me that it usually takes several drafts of that final letter before it's ready for postage. (If there's any anger in it, you need to go back and write the first letter again; this is a letter of completion and forgiveness, remember.) It also helps to show this letter to someone with objectivity, like a coach, therapist or close friend.
Do an inner overhaul on your mind. Your consciousness needs to be prepared to receive the money that will follow. It's one thing to consciously believe that if you do what you love, the money will follow; it's quite another if you believe that when you do what you love, the bankruptcy will follow. A study was done some years back in Canada among a group of people who suddenly struck it rich by winning big money in provincial lotteries. An astonishing statistic emerged: Within five years, the vast majority had gone broke; these winners had become losers. The Canadian governments dumped fortunes into their laps, but never taught them how to handle the money.
One way to prepare your consciousness for allowing the money to follow is through affirmations. Here's one I recommend: "I'm here to work as a massage therapist, and my persistence in marketing makes me succeed." The best way to use affirmations is through writing, and by including the response that emerges from the unconscious. Divide your page in three. At the left margin, write the affirmation; in the middle of the page, write the response that arises as you write it. Suppose it's "I can market all I want - but what if nobody cares and nobody comes?" The last step, in the right column, is to create a new affirmation that specifically treats this negative response. A good one would be, "When I bring the work I'm here to do to the market, the market responds and clients fill my practice."
This process honors the material from the unconscious that opposes the affirmation. Such material is there in spades - if it weren't, you wouldn't need the affirmation that brought it up in the first place. Writing the response releases the resistance from your being. Write this affirmation 10 times a day for at least a week, and then speak it 10 times a day, with feeling, until its truth manifests in your daily life.
If the money isn't following from doing the massage work that you love, it will follow when you follow your own enthusiasm and let marketing bring new clients to you.
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