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Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
October, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 10
High Tech/High Touch Can Mean Much Growth for LMTs
By Cary Bayer
At the end of the 1980s, futurist John Naisbitt wrote a book that envisioned, among other things, a more sensitive world growing out of a response to the high-tech revolution. His Megatrends camped out at the top of the New York Times best-seller list for nearly two years, selling 8 million copies in 57 countries.Naisbitt's crystal ball was so polished that he could see the emerging trend, "high tech/high touch," a trend with much to teach massage therapists.
High tech is embodied by left-brained engineers and people like Bill Gates - people with analytical skills and a highly developed, rational approach to seeing reality. On the other hand, the eyes of high-touch, right-brained people often cross when confronted with a computer manual. But, they might be extremely gifted at undoing knots in someone's neck. High touch is embodied by massage therapists, who employ a high degree of touch (literally) throughout the day to make a difference in the lives of every client. The massive penetration of your work in the marketplace also could revolutionize the world.
Naisbitt's crystal ball saw that hundreds of millions of people would have a strong urge for a high-touch response to an increasingly high-tech world. We're forced to spend so much time on new high-tech activities like "Googling," "TiVo-ing" and "IM-ing," that we crave time with something far more high touch. Witness the phenomena of an increase in the numbers of people getting massaged and the spa industry explosion.
In 1989, just before Megatrends was published, I used to buy my airplane tickets while sitting in front of Renee, a delightful travel agent in Woodstock, N.Y. Today, I buy my airplane tickets while sitting in cyberspace. Something high touch got lost when I stopped taking a load off my feet and letting Renee handle my itinerary. So, it's not surprising that a forthcoming stint in front of my computer screen will result in a flight to Phoenix for a multi-day package at the Enchantment Spa in the powerful vortex among the red rocks of magical Sedona. High tech literally creates high touch.
In 2003, for example, there were 136 million visits to spas in the U.S., up from 95 million just four years before, according to a study conducted for the International SPA Association by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Revenues soared from $5 billion in 1999 to $11.2 billion in 2003. That's more than $1,750,000,000 more than was taken in by American movie theaters that year. The domestic spa industry was employing some 287,000 people in 2003, up from 151,000 in 1999, according to the study. That opened up a lot of work for LMTs.
Between August 2004 and July 2005, 47 million Americans received massages, up 2 million from the corresponding period the year before. Those numbers will climb. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, licensed massage therapists can anticipate a 21 percent to 35 percent increase in job opportunities through 2012. And, it will be easy for massage therapists to meet the demand because the average LMT is grossly underemployed, doing only about 38 massages per month.
Two out of every three adults are walking around with tremendous stress in their shoulders and necks. What's more, only 17 percent of men have been massaged in the past year; more than eight of every 10 men you see haven't been massaged in more than 365 days. Talk about an opportunity. If the "metrosexual" male trend continues, expect a huge increase in the number of American men who will plunk down $70 apiece for an hour of rejuvenation on your table.
When you add that to the research finding that 73 percent of people who receive massage would recommend it to others, it's high time you start asking your clients to recommend massage to their friends. Look at the numbers: The average LMT has the time to easily triple his or her business. Suppose, for example, you work at a day spa or two. At least two far more lucrative choices are available to you. Number one, you could quit and open your own massage business. Number two, since day spas are growing at a faster rate than massage therapy, you could open a day spa of your own and have others work for you, doing massages, facials and nails. Suppose you choose the latter option. Instead of having half or more of the massage fee taken from you by your spa, half or more of the fee that someone else gets from the massage they give at your spa can go to you. Talk about a 180-degree turnaround! Imagine the turnaround that could make in your financial life, to say nothing of the excitement that comes with expressing who you are in the world through the work you love to do. You're in the right line of work, with demand intensifying for a high-touch response to the painful effects of a high-tech world that's completely out of balance. You're there to help restore that balance.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, isn't any kind of a mission impossible. It's a mission very possible, a mission delightful, a mission that grows out of your heart and soul. It's a mission to start communicating: first to yourself, as to what you want, and then to others. Once you know you would like to be ready to service the soon-to-come greater demand for your talents, it's imperative to set your life up for it. That means, if you're massaging entirely out of someone else's business, carve out a slice, even if it's a small one, for yourself to do massage in your private business. Even if it's just one afternoon per week, it's a start. Once you fill that on a regular basis, add a morning or an evening, or whatever time frame works best for you. If you're already operating your own business and are considering expanding it from a one-person business (you) to include others, start looking around to find those people. The space would be the next item on your agenda. And remember ... if you build it, they will come. "They" are dozens of new clients.
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