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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.
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.
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.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
ABMP Survey Highlights Trends in Massage Therapy
By Rebecca J. Razo
In late February, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) announced the results of its national survey regarding consumer use of and sentiments toward massage therapy. Harstad Strategic Research, Inc., a national public opinion research firm in Boulder, Colo., conducted the telephone survey on behalf of ABMP, which included a representative sample of over 1,000 adults, ages 21 and older.
Among the key results, the survey found that 12 percent of respondents had received massage an average of nine times in the year 2004 - a frequency on par with their visits to chiropractors and physical therapists.Of those respondents who had received massage in 2004, 96 percent had favorable feelings toward massage therapists, compared to 72 percent of previous massage users and 32 percent of those who had never experienced massage therapy.
The survey also found that a 45 percent plurality indicated their feelings toward massage therapists have changed for the better over the past 10 years. Forty-five percent of those who received a massage in 2004 did so for pain relief or muscle soreness, followed by relaxation and stress relief.
Although massage therapy received high marks from those who have previously experienced it, other survey results indicated that consumers might still lack some basic information on the benefits of massage, especially among those who haven't experienced it firsthand.
For example, of those who did not receive a massage in 2004, 53 percent reported they did not find it "necessary" or there was no "perceived value in receiving one." Thirty-eight percent of this same group said they "probably" would not have a massage in 2005, while 33 percent said they "definitely" would not, compared to 62 percent of those who received massage in 2004 that said they "definitely will" have a massage in 2005.
If "experiencing a massage therapy session is its own best advertising for changing perceptions," as ABMP President Bob Benson said in a press release, massage therapists might be well-served to focus a substantial portion of their education efforts on those who have never experienced the benefits of massage and bodywork.
"Whether massage therapists are speaking to a large audience or one-on-one to potential clients, it is important to emphasize the benefits of massage," says Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, author of the Success Beyond Work, a marketing book and consulting business designed to help massage therapists increase clientele and revenue. "People are interested in hearing what problem you can solve for them and will be more inclined to use your services if you name their specific problem. Uneducated people think of massage only as a tool for relaxation. By telling people that it is useful in treating migraines, chronic shoulder and neck pain, and so forth, you are providing them a solution to what ails them."
Other recent consumer massage surveys include the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2004 Massage Therapy Consumer Survey and a 2002 survey developed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use among adults in the United States.* The chart below compares key data from the ABMP, AMTA and NCCAM surveys.
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