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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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
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!
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."
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
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.
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.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
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.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
Accountability to the Profession
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Ethics are dictating principles that reflect one's moral values. These values arise from an innate sense of right and wrong. Practicing according to this intuitive sense brings integrity to our personal and professional lives.The same ethical policies pave the road to success for the massage profession. How we conduct ourselves as therapists directly impacts the progress and reputation of the massage and bodywork profession as a whole.
This discussion includes internal accountability (integrity and honesty in practice) and external accountability (advancing the profession as a whole). Use the following to guide you in your practice:
The massage and bodywork profession has come a long way in the last two decades, becoming a leading alternative therapy. Currently, 37 states have passed laws to standardize the massage profession, each establishing a unique set of rules to regulate the profession by licensure, certification or registration. As professionals, we must know and respect the laws and regulations in our jurisdiction and be honest in all applications. In establishing a standard protocol to practice, the reputation of massage therapy will be amplified.
The massage and bodywork profession has come a long way in the last two decades, becoming a leading alternative therapy.
Uniform laws and regulations have set a standard of care that the public can trust. By working with our legislators, we change and utilize these laws to promote bodywork within our communities. Staying informed on the progression of laws and regulations in our jurisdiction is vital. We must stay active in the political processes that dictate the guidelines shaping our procedures and the quality of our care.
By participating in the development of these laws, we gain not only the respect of the public and the government but the respect of other health care professionals, as well. This respect builds a convenient way for doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors to refer their patients to us with confidence. Creditability and trust between massage practitioners and other health care professionals is strengthened with a state-regulated license.
Along with a formal license or statewide certification, joining a professional association and being nationally certified leads to further accreditation as therapists. Regular meetings and participation in seminars and conventions is a great way to stay updated with colleagues and exchange ideas or concerns with other practitioners. Frequent communication of personal successes and failures among associates will continue the advancement of the massage profession.
Furthermore, we communicate professionally through our image. This includes several things in practice such as the way we dress, our attitude and our body language. The way we dress is a powerful, non verbal communicator. A cotton, collared shirt and long shorts or pants seem to work best to move freely and stay cool. A uniform dress code or color for your business also is helpful to identify yourself and portray a sense of respect for one's client and business.
Along with a dress code, a routine process in practice is important. Following a routine can produce the mental conditioning for a comfortable transition into receiving bodywork for the client. Greeting clients in the office and on the phone with politeness and honest concern is always best. Creating a specific tradition in the procedures of treatment promotes a confidence in our abilities and an assurance in our instructions. After all, most successful health care professions follow routine procedures within their area of expertise.
Massage and bodywork therapy has become a respected leader in alternative health care and continues to gain popularity in the public eye. Staying within the scope of practice and not performing any procedures outside our area of proficiency also is crucial to our reputation as professionals. We must never make false promises to our clients about treatment results or products and referrals that will not help them. We must continue to make the right ethical choices to succeed individually and for the profession to prosper as a whole.
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