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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.
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.
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.
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.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
Stuck With Positioning in Seated Massage?
By Lee Chaffee
I feel a need to address the subject of client positioning during seated massage. I hurt for those clients I've seen in airports, malls, and wherever chair massage is administered, who are positioned with necks over-contracted, shoulders up to their ears, and severely arched low backs.No wonder there aren't lines of people waiting to jump aboard! Just as a client cannot be expected to climb onto a massage table, lie down, and have everything "comfy," a seated massage takes some adjusting. It takes being familiar with your chair and "sizing up" the client.
Get familiar with your massage chair. Open and close it several times, and position your friends and family in it, adjusting for different body builds, before you attempt to sit a paying client in it. As clients enter your room, notice their height, weight and proportion. Sizing up clients will become easier with practice. For the comfort of the client, the neck muscles need to be elongated, not contracted. This position also gives you the ability to get your hands in between the upper traps and base of the occipital ridge.
Observe the positional needs of the client throughout the massage, since it can change based on the amount of pressure applied. Usually, asking the client to put his or her chin a little closer to the chest will correct any loss of position. If the neck is contracted after a few moments of applying pressure to the back, the client will usually end up with a headache. Would you want to pay a minimum of one dollar a minute to obtain that result?
This is how I help direct clients sit comfortably in my massage chair: First, I tell them to sit, then kneel on the kneepads and place their hands on the armrests. Then, with me standing in front of the chair with all levers unlatched (no matter what brand of chair I'm using), I ask them to put their chin to the chest and aim their forehead for the top of the hole in the face cradle, applying a little weight until they feel comfortable. Then I lock the face cradle in place.
Next, I check the client's shoulders to make sure they are not too high or low. I also make sure that the traps are not too contracted or over-stretched, and will raise, lower, or angle the chair's arm rest accordingly. If the chest plate is adjustable at an angle (as well as for height), make sure it is not pushing in on the diaphragm. Doing so can cut off a client's breath and may cause them to faint. I prefer a 45-degree angle, if possible.
The position of the knee rest is up to the clients, as to whether they feel comfortable with their feet touching the floor or not. Usually, if they are not comfortable with their toes touching the floor, they can slide their knees forward. On some chairs, the knee rest comes off.
On some chairs, the seat adjusts but not always to my height. If possible, and if it does not disturb the client's comfort, I prefer the seat of the chair to be a bit higher than my knee. I have found that this height works for any modality. Experiment with this aspect of chair adjustment so that you and your clients are as comfortable as possible.
With a little adjusting, clients can also sit face-forward in a massage chair. I have used the chair this way when clients want work done on their face, head and shoulders. The client carefully sits backward on the seat and leans back against the chest rest, while the headrest is brought up as far forward as it will go. Most chairs have an added adjustment to bring them forward for larger clients. I hope these suggestions have helped. Happy seated massaging!
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