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Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
Word Watchers: Putting Your Vocabulary on a Diet
By Cary Bayer
In this column, I have previously talked about the conscious use of affirmations to help you, as a massage therapist, expand the ways you think. This is vital and wise if you want to truly prosper.After all, as Norman Vincent Peale, who taught the world how to think positively, said: "Change your thoughts and you change your world." It's just as wise, however, to change your speech. If you want to lose weight, watch what you eat; if you want to prosper, watch what you say. Think of this kind of conscious attention to your speech as "Word Watchers."
Speaking of eating, you've been told that you are what you eat. This explains why some people are hotdogs; others are hams; and still others, couch potatoes. If you've eaten out in Jamaican restaurants, you have, no doubt, also run across your share of "jerks."
Two thousand years ago, people asked Jesus what they should eat and what they should drink. His reply surprised them then, as it still does today: "...not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man" (Matthew 15:11). If some of the following words come out of your mouth, isn't it time to stop letting your speech bring you down? Remember: What holds you back also holds back the number of massages you do - and that holds back the amount of money that you bring in.
I have been a life coach to dozens of massage therapists over the past few years and have heard them speak regularly in ways that are highly dis-empowering. But this is not just specific to massage therapists - the general population does it all the time. It just happens that massage therapists are, by nature, a great deal more sensitive than the average person, and they can correct their behavior more quickly and easily. (Also, as a massage therapist who helps people rejuvenate and come into greater balance, you have a greater responsibility to help people maintain a more conscious lifestyle.)
Fearing a layoff at her husband's job, a part-time massage therapist in a recent class of mine said that she was "waiting for the other shoe to drop." Another massage therapist started a sentence with the phrase, "With my luck..." - implying that since his is so bad, there is no chance his desires will ever be realized. Another called herself "a credit card junkie."
Whew! Can you see how talk like that sets your progress back big time? Someone who speaks this way repels money and prosperity. Who wants to be massaged by a junkie or someone waiting for shoes to drop? Your words are heard by the subconscious part of your mind and are taken literally, even if you speak them in an exaggerated or humorous way. Let me repeat that: Your words are taken literally by the subconscious part of your mind.
Don't get me wrong. I love humor more than the next guy - and I know first hand how valuable it is. I use it regularly in teaching, and I have worked as a professional comedy writer and comedian. But make sure that when you use humor, it's not to dis-empower yourself in a self-deprecating manner. Your words are also messages broadcast throughout the universe; make sure that the messages you send out are consistent with your higher Self, not your "lower" self.
The following expressions are from the lower self. If you speak in a similar way, I encourage you to eliminate those words from your vocabulary. You'll be glad you did.
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