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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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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 to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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?
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Making the Most of Sounds That Soothe
Submitted By George Skaroulis
I have been a fan and regular recipient of massage therapy for years. Over that time, I have made many friends in all aspects of the massage industry. Great massage therapists have a passion for their work, much like my passion for creating music.We share a desire to provide comfort, either by touch or by sound, and we can improve the quality of people's lives every day. That truly is a good feeling. Massage and music therapy can both achieve similar results and, when combined, can be quite powerful, comforting and emotionally cleansing.
I have always said that if I weren't a musician, I would be a massage therapist. As of June 2006, I have completed my certification in reflexology from The Heal Center in Atlanta. I feel more connected to the purpose, power and importance of touch now more than ever because I can combine my two passions - music and touch - and for that I am grateful. I am so grateful for this connection that my newest piano CD release is inspired by and dedicated to massage therapists, reflexologists, natural healers and caregivers around the world. As part of the giving back, I joined Massagewarehouse, a Scrip Company, for the AMTA Foundation event in Atlanta in October and agreed to donate my music and my reflexology services to help sponsor the event. It's another way for me to show my appreciation for an industry that has given so much back to me.
Because of my affinity toward music and the power of touch, I'd like to share a few tips to keep in mind when selecting music. This will help you make sure you are using it to its fullest potential.
Use Good Judgment When Selecting Your Music: Choosing the right music for your work, and ultimately for the relaxation of your clients, is just as important as buying a comfortable massage table, or choosing the right massage products and linens. Keep in mind, your goal is to create a relaxing environment that takes the massage to a higher level. The proper music enhances this experience and separates a good massage from a great massage.
Listen Before You Buy and Look Beyond the Cover: A CD cover may look perfectly relaxing and calm on the outside, but sometimes that's as far as it goes. It has been my experience, as I am sure you can relate, that one wrong song can ruin the entire intent of your session. Whenever possible, go online and preview the sound clips before making your selection to purchase a CD. If purchasing from a catalog, read through the description, and then contact one of the sales reps and have them describe the CD for you. I have found that most companies require their associates to listen to each CD to make recommendations, if listening is not an option for the customers.
Check the Time Frame of the CD: When I create new CDs, I often get feedback from several of my trusted CMT friends before finalizing a recording. I also try to release CDs that run at least an hour long; this is a helpful tool if you offer one-hour sessions, because there's no need to change the music during the session.
Variety Is the Spice of Life: In addition to listening before you buy your music, once you have selected the proper music, change it occasionally. Sometimes, people tell me they have three CDs in their collection and they have been using them for years. Yikes! Your regular clients will appreciate the variety. Changing or adding new music to your play list keeps your session interesting, and also keeps you revived, refreshed and rejuvenated. This is most important for your own sanity.
Feel the Rhythm - Set the Pace: Use the music to set the pace for your work. Listen to the music and work "to" the music. If some of your song selections are rhythmic, incorporate that rhythm into your moves, if possible. If the music is slow and smooth, you might slow your strokes to fit the pace. Work as if you are dancing or interpreting what you hear through your hands. If you find this difficult, it could be that you simply need new music to inspire you!
Silence Is Golden: In many cases, due to our busy lives, people want to disconnect, relax and heal during the time they are with you. For many people, massage is an escape from a hectic world. Try to allow "talk time" before the session begins. During the session, keep conversation minimal or even silent. Allow the client to take their "escape" and let the music be their guide.
Select the Right Equipment: With today's advanced technology, you have a variety of ways to enhance your massage. If you work in an office, clinic or day spa, you might choose a CD player, com-puter, laptop, iTunes, or iPod as your source for sound.
If you prefer to use a CD player, here are a few suggestions:
If you have a computer or laptop in your session room, or utilize iTunes, an iPod or a similar music library, you are enlightened! The beauty of these players is that you can hand-select your favorite songs and keep adding songs to your "massage music" file. Again, use the shuffle option and you will have hours of music.
Remember, you can take this service with you during out-calls. An iPod, for example, can plug into your client's home stereo system if you carry an RCA adaptor cord. Your clients will appreciate the thoughtfulness of you being so prepared, and it's much easier than carrying a boom box around.
For those of you who offer corporate or chair massage, take it to the next level and give your clients a completely new experience. Take a good set of headphones (the around-the-ear variety are best) and a small portable CD player or iPod with your chosen music. Let your clients escape from outside distractions; they'll enjoy your massage work much more and appreciate the calming effect of the peaceful environment that only they can hear. I have tried this at various noisy massage tradeshows and conventions with great success. If you see several clients back to back, you can take along some sanitary wipes to clean the ear pads between sessions.
Sharing the experience: In our world of convenience, I have one more suggestion. If your clients constantly are complimenting and inquiring about the music you play, why send them on a wild goose chase to find it? Connect with the record label or a massage supply company to purchase CDs at your professional cost. It's a small investment and you can sell the CDs to your clients directly. You are going the extra step of providing great service, especially for those clients looking for last-minute gift ideas. Also, it's rewarding you with the additional income from the sale of the CDs.
I have several independent massage therapists who resell music to their clients. When buying in quantities, you also can afford to give the CDs as gifts to your better clients on birthdays or special occasions.
And one last tip: Remember to slip your business card inside the CDs, so your clients will be reminded of you when they listen to the music at home!
George Skaroulis is an award winning pianist and composer known for his ethereal and soothing piano style. His peaceful music is used by therapists and spas around the globe. George has dedicated much of his time toward events that have raised thousands of dollars for massage therapy research, benefiting both the Touch Research Institute and the Massage Therapy Foundation. His latest CD, the George Skaorulis Essential Collection and his 16 CDs are available at www.GeorgeSkaroulis.com, iTunes and Amazon.
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