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Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
What Does Success Mean to You?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I recently celebrated an anniversary. In November 1979, I had my first professional massage in Lisbon, Portugal. That experience was the beginning of a cascading series of events. I've been fascinated by and enjoying the myriad benefits of massage therapy for the past 26 years, and I wish I had started sooner.For the past 14 years, I've been pursuing massage therapy as a career choice, as well as hopping on as many tables as I can. My practice is a good one and has been flourishing almost from the start, so I think I'm pretty credible in conversing with others about success.
I'm in the middle of preparing to moderate a panel discussion on "Success Strategies for Massage Therapists." Members of the panel are all people whom I consider extremely successful and should have much to share with the audience. I'm excited about the panel and hope the massage therapists in attendance get a lot of thought-provoking material to ponder in their own quests for success. In my preparatory research, I've uncovered several things worth sharing.
I like beginning projects with defining the parts, so in dealing with success strategies, I begin with baseline meanings. Success in a business, a relationship or a life is an extremely personal thing. We all have our own yardsticks with which to measure it. For generalities, though, I use a trusty dictionary. Success is defined as the achievement of something planned or attempted. This tells me success is the result of an action or series of actions. Strategy is defined as a plan, method or series of maneuvers for obtaining a specific goal or result. Thus, strategies are the roadmaps that get us to the success result. The defined antonym of success is failure.
For the purposes of my discussion, success is not just the opposite of failure. I think the very use of the word failure hinders the achievement of success. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying failure is always a bad thing - but the timing of failure is critical! When exceptionally successful people begin a new venture, they frequently try to fail as many times as possible at the very beginning so they uncover all the ways not to proceed. They keep trying to fail even as they begin to make progress, just so that they can determine if there are even better ways to reach their desired ends. For those of us who don't fall into the "exceptionally successful" category, I suggest we get rid of the negative aspects that present themselves with use of the word failure. Let's replace it with the word feedback, which allows us to gather all the information we need to travel the road toward our own desired ends.
So, what do you think makes a massage therapist successful? Clients? Money? Respect of peers? Notoriety? Referrals? Feelings of personal worth? Helping others? How do you obtain those things you think make you successful? Do you have goals? Are they written down? (Unwritten goals really are just wishes!) How strong is your work ethic? Do you regularly ask your clients to rebook before leaving your treatment room? Do you regularly ask them to refer their friends and relatives? Do you regularly ask your doctor/baker/candlestick maker to refer their friends and relatives? Do you truly focus on your clients and try to exceed their expectations? Do you continually learn about the body and the skill sets you can use to affect it? Do you dwell on the positive and throw away words such as if, but, can't and other negatives. Do you befriend others whom you see as successful (even if they don't see themselves that way - remember, success is personal)? Do you smile and say thank you a lot? Do you meet each client confident in your own worth and skill and entitlement to be well-compensated?
I was pleased to see that Southwest Airline's November 2006 in-flight magazine, Spirit, featured an article under the business section that dealt with massage therapy. (Unfortunately, it was titled "There's the Rub.") It was a pretty good overview of the prolific nature of our profession and reviewed several different visions of professional success in massage therapy. It gave readers insight into the advent of chair massage and a new endeavor to make chair massage a branded venture. It covered the growth of massage in airports, malls, convention halls, office buildings and other places in everyday life. Perhaps, most importantly, the article made clear, "Once a specialized therapy for injured athletes, an indulgence for the idle rich, or a thinly veiled euphemism for prostitution, massage has become a popular, legitimate and seemingly ubiquitous enterprise."
I'm hoping that in the success strategies panel discussion, we are able to get many to better define their own visions of success and uncover new or better ways to obtain those visions. Wish me well in facilitating that outcome! I wish that all of Massage Today's readers could participate in that discussion, since I see our profession as less confident in our skills and abilities that many others. We are worth it!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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