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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 07
The Zen Teachings of TV Commercials, Part Two
How to Live Your Way and Enrich Your Massage Business
By Cary Bayer
In part one of this two-part article, I showed you how television commercials inadvertently are teaching you how to find happiness and peace of mind.In this concluding column, I'll point out how these same electronic mantras are leading you to live your way, and to unfold great possibilities in your business, too.
A couple of millennia ago, Maharishi Patanjali brought kernels of wisdom to the world called The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Sit back (you needn't be in a lotus position), and read these "Yoga Sutras of Television Commercials" as a way to enhance your massage business.
The Sanskrit word dharma means the Truth, or Way, of the universe, as well as the career path you choose in life. By doing massage therapy (your dharma, for example,) you help others heal, have a more enjoyable livelihood, and can more quickly come to understand the Truth.
Verse 1: Have it your Way - Dharma via Burger King
Since 1974, Burger King has been suggesting that you "Have it your way." They're talking about hamburgers, but the Creative Intelligence of the Universe, which inspired the copywriters who developed the ad campaign, is talking about something much bigger than a Whopper. The whopper of an idea being communicated through the commercials is that you can live your life the way you wish to, you can innocently be who you are in the world, and succeed as well. The campaign aims to remind you that, because you have greatness within you, you can have it your way both personally and professionally. In other words, you deserve to design your massage techniques according to your interests and charge the fees you desire; because you can have it your way.
Verse 2: Mastering the Possibilities - Unfolding Your Greatness with MasterCard
When you were young, the chances are high that your parents told you it was okay to dream about doing something you really wanted to do, but you should always have something to fall back on. They were talking about career safety. Unless you're standing in front of something soft, like a bed, there's nothing safe about falling back - and it easily can lead to the breaking of an ankle or a neck.
Enter MasterCard in 1986, to tell you that you can "master the possibilities." Oh sure, they want you to spend money you don't have on a portable massage table or Thai massage training, so they can charge you high interest rates you don't pay in full each month. But they're also giving you great wisdom in the process. You can master the possibilities. You can do the work you love as a massage therapist, and be paid well in the process.
Verse 3: Be All You Can Be - Unfolding Your Potential via the U.S. Army
With all the untold fatigue and strain the U.S. Army exerts on the body during basic training, it might be hard to see what this rigid organization can teach a massage therapist. But it becomes a lot easier when you recognize that, since 1981, they've been telling you to "Be all you can be." They're telling you to stop settling for mediocrity or even second best. They want you to go for it all, because there's much more to you than even you realize. They want you to be all you can be spiritually in your soul, and professionally in your massage office.
Verse 4: Just Do It - Putting All of You Into Action via Nike
Once you become all you can be, it's essential to bring that fullness into the world. That's the message, since 1988, of Nike, the Oregon-based shoe and apparel manufacturer, which took its corporate moniker from Greek mythology. Nike was the goddess of victory. And what greater victory can there be than bringing your full potential into your every action?
If you enjoy Yoga classes, you might know that Yoga - first taught thousands of years ago in the Bhagavad-Gita - reminds you to, "Be without the three gunas (impulses of Nature)... possessed of the Self." (Chapter 2, verse 45). In other words, "Be all you can be." Three verses later, you're told, "Established in Yoga ... perform actions." In other words, just do it. Just doing it brings that balance of mind that Yoga achieves into your everyday world. Just sitting in meditation doesn't accomplish that.
Verse 5: When It Rains, It Pours - Building an Abundant Practice via Morton's Salt
The earlier verses indirectly help put you into a frame of mind that attracts success. The present verse suggests that abundance can continue when you're set up in your consciousness to receive it. Since 1912, Morton's Salt has been reminding you to get yourself attuned to the flow of abundance that can rain down on you.
Verse 6: Reach Out and Touch Someone - Making Human Contact With AT&T
As a massage therapist, you're reaching out daily and touching someone. You touch her shoulders, her neck, her feet and help her to heal while on your table. You also touch her soul. Beginning in 1979, AT&T was telling you to make human contact with people through the telephone. In other words, they were helping you get more people onto your table.
One technique I coach my massage therapist clients to practice is something I call "tele-connecting." It's a right-brained art that's much warmer than telemarketing. It involves calling ex-clients and sporadic clients who haven't had a massage in many months. You pick up the phone, much to the delight of AT&T, and ask them how their back or elbow is doing. Inquire about the body parts that caused them pain. If they still hurt, chances are good that these clients might very well suggest they resume getting massages. If not, simply ask them if they'd like relief from their pain. That's a no-brainer kind of question invariably yielding a "yes" response. Make sure you have your appointment book open and ready to book a session.
Practice these "Yoga Sutras of Television Commercials" and you'll feel better, live a higher quality of life, attract more clients and prosper.
Click here for previous articles by Cary Bayer.
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