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The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
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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