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An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
The Courage to Go for It
By Cary Bayer
Vince Lombardi, who coached the Green Bay Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowls, was not just a taskmaster obsessed with winning; he was also a coach committed to having players give their all and not give up.It's fundamental to the yang world of football as much as to the yin world of massage. Mary Pickford, the movie star who co-founded United Artists with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, wrote: "If you have made mistakes...there is always another chance for you...you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."
It's not the falling down, but the staying down. This is precisely where so many LMTs get confused. They have dreams of developing their massage businesses in a particular way, but their fears of doing what is necessary to realize their dreams stop them. They fear that if they go for what they really want - like creating a well-known and successful practice, for example - they might fail. They might like to do chair massage in corporations or incorporate more exotic massage modalities, like Thai or Lomi Lomi, but are afraid to approach corporate executives or worry that such techniques might cause more conservative clients to think less favorably of them. They think that failing in and of itself is something terrible. (In baseball, the best players - Willie Mays, for example - make it to the Hall of Fame even if they fail 70 percent of the time!) The truth is, you fail if you don't try.
Future hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky, who scored more goals than anyone else, said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." Imagine what would happen if you started to take some new "shots," like going after more affiliations with chiropractors, spas or physical therapists; studying new massage techniques; or going after more clients by marketing yourself in a big way.
I coach my massage therapist clients that success results from living life with gusto. Every time you go after what you really want, you win. That's because going after what you really want involves unfolding your inner being and requires overcoming fear and resistance - and that's a huge win. If your actions don't meet with the results you desire, you still win for the simple reason that you went after what your heart truly desired.There are also times you win twice because sometimes, when you go after what you really want, a wonderful thing happens - you get it!
I've privately coached some three dozen massage therapists in the past couple of years and have seen how frightened they can be of feeling discomfort; at the slightest tinge of fear, they pull back and never go after their hearts' desires. Others give up after one failed attempt. I coach my clients to persevere, commit, and show the universe that they mean business. When they do, the universe shows its commitment to them and responds in a positive way - with support. Synchronicities take place, and they find themselves in the right place at the right time, meeting the right person. It could happen anywhere: in a supermarket checkout line, at the dry cleaners, at a Starbucks. They might find their next client: a corporate human resource manager to hire them to do a big chair massage program, or a chiropractor looking for a massage therapist.
Imagine how many more decades of slavery the Hebrews might have had to endure had Moses given up each time the hard-hearted Pharaoh refused to let his people go. Thomas Edison, who failed some 10,000 times in experiments to find the proper material for the filament in his light bulb, wrote: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." You might be reading these words by candlelight had Edison been a quitter, and consider this: The genius inventor was actually grateful each time an experiment failed. His rationale was simple: He knew that he had one less road to go down to reach his goal. Imagine conducting your massage business with such certainty, faith, patience and fortitude.
Many massage therapists believe that if things don't come easily, it must not be what the universe wants for them. This couldn't be further from the truth. Liberation didn't come easily for the Hebrews, even with Moses working as a veritable channel for the highest power of the universe. Nirvana didn't come immediately to the Buddha either; he had his own challenges to deal with. Think of your favorite movie: doesn't the hero or heroine overcome some obstacle to realize a higher greatness? The universe often wants to see what you're made of and wants to see your commitment. Show your mettle and desire and you will receive support to handle the obstacles.
Do you stay in life's slow lane, content with the status quo, attached to your comfort zone? If you do, it might prevent you from getting into the real zone, where the universe blesses you with grace, success and greater income. "To the degree we're not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves," wrote Peter McWilliams. So, which zone do you want to live in - the seductive comfort zone where your life is really about just coasting - or the liberating zone, where your actions carry a gift of grace beyond what you normally could accomplish on your own?
Beverly Sills, the great opera singer, wrote, "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." When you pursue your desires with passion - whether they're desires for enriching your personal life or desires for expanding your massage business - life becomes infinitely richer even if you don't succeed. Who you become in the process is much greater than who you were in your comfort zone. To taste heaven on earth, you must reach beyond your limit. Imagine running your massage business and your life the way the hero of Man of La Mancha did in that show's classic song, The Impossible Dream:
You can create a massage business that grows out of your deepest dreams. Now isn't that something worth getting up for each morning?
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