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Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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.
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