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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07
Inner Vitamins for Massage Therapists
By Cary Bayer
While preparing for a road trip recently, I was packing jars of vitamins and happened to examine the minimum daily requirement labels on each one. It dawned on me that human beings also have minimum daily requirements for what I call "inner vitamins."
Inner vitamins, you ask? I'm referring to emotional qualities that build the heart and soul.They're analogous to the vitamins that build our bodies. After coaching more than six-dozen licensed massage therapists on how to empower their businesses, I've discovered that there are reasons why some LMTs feel forced to take full-time jobs to pay their bills, while others thrive doing the bodywork they were trained to do. The biggest factor - assuming that the therapists are good at what they do - is the lack of self-confidence.
As human beings, we have a minimum daily requirement for various nutrients, minerals and vitamins. If we don't get enough vitamin A, for example, our immune system can be compromised; our vision, bone formation, hair and skin can suffer. We also have a minimum daily requirement for what I like to call vitamin A2, or appreciation. We also need vitamin A3, acknowledgment.
The word "vitamin" didn't appear in Webster's dictionary until 1912. For centuries, medical people didn't know that there existed "organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals." Similarly, for centuries we didn't know the need for analogous emotional substances. Few medical people today think of such needs either. Fortunately, many of you reading this column now are becoming increasingly aware of the need for this. Perhaps by 2012, medical professionals will also recognize the inner role they play in keeping us healthy on all levels.
"Inner vitamins" can be made available through a simple process that involves you and another person, and takes no more than two to four minutes. If you have a significant other, it's wise to do this exercise with him or her. Or do it with your roommate, a friend or even a coworker. This process can be done in the workplace or on the telephone. Here's how to get your minimum daily requirement of vitamin A2: Acknowledge your partner in this process while he/she says, "Thank you."
It goes like this:
And so on. After a minute or two, switch roles so that you can acknowledge your partner. Use your willpower to resist saying, "If you knew me better, you'd never say such nice things about me." When you're done, thank each other for providing your minimum daily requirements of appreciation.
Massage therapists are professional givers but often have a difficult time receiving. This can mean receiving acknowledgment and compliments, love and respect, and reduced revenues for their professional talents. Many therapists have a difficult time simply taking a compliment on their clothes. How many times has someone acknowledged a dress you were wearing only to have you reply, "This old thing?" or "I got it at Marshalls for 50 percent off."
Vitamins A2 and A3 aren't the only inner vitamins you need each day. Others include vitamin E2 (Enthusiasm); vitamin H1 (Happiness); vitamin H2 (Hugs); vitamin K (Kindness); vitamin L (Love); vitamin R (Respect); and vitamin V (Visualization). If you'd like real health, add these essential inner vitamins daily.
While many of these inner vitamins involve another person like the appreciation process described above, some of them can also be done alone. For example, another terrific acknowledgment process can be done alone verbally by you or with another person present, like the following: "Something I want to acknowledge myself for is what a great shiatsu massage I give" or "Something I want to acknowledge myself for is how sensitive my hands are to a client's pain."
And so on. If you do it alone, run these acknowledgments one after another for about a minute. If you do it with a partner, have him/her say thank you and continue again for a full minute. The value of this is immense - it gives you a clear and powerful awareness of just how good you are as a therapist and therefore how you deserve financial success. This level of self-confidence inspires clients and inspires you to persevere, even if your client roster drops.
Another inner vitamin is vitamin V, visualization. Olympic champs wolf down this "substance," visualizing winning performances, whether they compete on a high bar, a skating rink or in a pool. Successful people in sports and business fill their mind's eye with thoughts and images of success. Try visualizing a full appointment book or see in your mind's eye a client signing up for a package of 10 massages. Vitamin V can make a difference in your massage business.
Additionally, reminding yourself of your successes throughout the day is another powerful exercise to transform your consciousness so that you can build a more prosperous massage business. Perhaps you gained a new client or received a call from a friend you hadn't heard from in years. Perhaps you received a gift. It can be small stuff too: the great buys found at a yard sale, the quarter found in the street, the CD burned by a friend.
For the days where "everything went wrong," you need to look harder. Consider the compliment on the sweater you wore to the party where your boyfriend left with someone else; the nice backhand you hit in a
Do this two-minute process at the end of the day before going to bed. When you find that it takes 10 minutes because your day is filled with so much good news, grin and bear your growing success. Soon, you'll no longer need to keep reminding yourself of the obvious.
Click here for previous articles by Cary Bayer.
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