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Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
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.
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