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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
Last time, we explored factors that lead to business survival in the practice of massage ("Meaning Business," Feb.2005, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/02/07.html). What I emphasized were the skills of attitude, business, presentation, niche identification that provide a focus for work, and a stream of clients to work with. This time, I'm focusing on factors that allow you to physically stay in practice. Some of these are mostly within your control and planning; others - like the direction of the wind - can only be known and contended with.
To survive physically, respect massage as a body-based endeavor. Our bodies have their rules as to training and accommodating to new stresses. One of the cardinal rules of increasing sports training is to increase activities by no more than 10 percent per week.3
Physiologically, the ability to increase use is partly due to the effects of super-compensation on muscle strength and endurance discussed in my article, "Training Effects." (June 2003, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/06/08.html).
The structural accommodation of bone and connective tissues to stress, over time, is conceptually captured in Wolf's and Davis's laws, respectively. Increase your use of a given body area too fast and it can't accommodate before it breaks down. Respect your body, and its time for adjusting in your enthusiasm for doing the work.
Apart from controlling the rate of ramping up the total amount of massage you do, it's important to control both how the massage is done and the cumulative after-effects. Less stress is placed on your body when you vary the means of applying pressure, alternating the work you are doing between different body surfaces - fingers, palms, open fists, knuckles and forearms. Just as important, is learning to work equally with both sides of your body rather than always using a dominant side.
As your work becomes deeper, the additional pressure should come more from your weight and stance rather than your hand and arm muscles. Having a table that is about fingertip high is one measure of height I use for sports or deep-tissue massage. Another measure is having a table at a height that allows me to place a flexed knee on its surface with my other foot flat on the flow, while still being able to freely lean forward to apply weight. Using a stance with one foot in front of the other will allow you to push your body forward and back from your legs in a rocking motion, rather than pushing from your shoulders. Movement training from tai ji or qigong can help in getting the feel of moving your body with intent. Squeezing petrissage that intensely uses hand and forearm muscles can be supplemented or replaced with rolling the tissue as you rock forward. Finally, both getting massage for yourself and using body-care techniques, such as those given by Sharon Butler and Lauriann Greene, can increase your professional longevity.4,7
Staying in the massage business goes beyond just doing the work. In the United States, provision of health insurance is largely gained through employer plans (or by marriage to an employed person). Distinctions are made between individual plans, small-business plans covering two to 50 persons, and larger employer plans. Planning for health care can be vital to both your family and business finances. A recent review of 1,771 bankruptcy filings revealed that 52 percent of them resulted from medical costs.9 The study showed that involuntary lapses in health coverage can be financially devastating. Even when people had medical insurance coverage, the co-payments and deductibles for serious health crises coupled with loss of income accumulated overwhelming debt.
While there is little you can do outside of politics to change the structure of health insurance provisions, there are a number of resources you can use to learn about small business health insurance, including coordination with the new, pre-tax, health savings accounts (HSAs).1,2,8,11,12
In looking through the state health insurance guides by Georgetown University8 and the coverage offered by organizations, such as the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE),10 I noticed much of the provision was done through a single Internet broker.5 May the days of your practice be long and fulfilling.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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