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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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 10
The Universal Language of Massage
By Cary Bayer
Vacationing recently at the Caribbean resort of La Samanna in the French part of the beautiful island of St. Martins, I opted for a massage at the spa in my luxury hotel. Little did I know when I booked the session, the therapist who would be treating me that day would be French, as in "not speaking a word of English" French.Having learned Spanish in high school and college, I was unable to comprends my masseuse.
However, she could communicate with me. And it's not because she studied English in college. It's because she studied massage after college. Massage, I would soon realize on her table, is a universal language. Pascale, my French therapist, spoke it fluently. While I settled into a more relaxed state of consciousness as she worked my feet, it dawned on me that this Gallic masseuse also demonstrated a transportability of talent; a gift that she could take wherever she chooses to go on planet Earth. Wherever Pascale is, so are her hands. And that can carry her further in life than her feet ever will.
That day, she demonstrated a powerful reality that so few massage therapists who work on others' muscles and bones, really know in their own bones. And that is, that they're highly employable and can go to work in the cities of their choices. This is an important fact that could give you, if you're a massage therapist, far greater freedom than you probably have ever realized.
Are you doing Thai massage at an office in Ohio, but secretly are hankering for hot stone at a clinic in California? Then go west. Are you doing deep tissue at a chiropractic office in Michigan, but really sweet on a spa in Arizona? Go for it. Are you busy doing sports massage in Minnesota, but would rather do craniosacral in Florida? You have a portable set of skills; take them wherever you'd like. This capacity to move and work how and where you'd like, applies beyond the borders of your state as well. I've taught continuing education classes at a couple of Florida State Massage Therapy Association conventions and nearly 10 different chapter meetings. I've also privately coached dozens of therapists from Key West to Pensacola, so many of whom talk about the summer as their slow season. (That concept warrants its own column so tune in at a later date for that.) If it's slow where you are and you have the freedom of movement, then go where it isn't slow. Sure, if you have a family and kids in school, it's not easy to pack up your gear and go elsewhere. But many therapists are single and do have that freedom. Few, however, have a visceral realization that they speak a universal tongue that's heard and desired everywhere. And that, more than any other reason, is what keeps most therapists here during the "slow season" instead of in more populated locations of summer in more delightful climes.
Choosing to work in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, the Catskill or Adirondack Mountains of New York, the shores of southern New Jersey or the cape in Massachusetts means that you've gotten the message that massage is portable. You already take your table into your car for outcalls that might require drives of 12 miles. So why can't you pack it into your car for a drive of 1,200 miles?
Speaking your universal language in cooler climes enables you to choose an appealing lifestyle, something I personally relate to. When I first came to Florida in the winter of 1997, it was for one cold February. As I discovered that my work, too, was portable, I expanded snowbird getaways to three months. Within two years, I'd bought (what I thought was) a winter home in South Florida. It didn't take long to see that the delightful weather was quickly transforming me from a snowbird that spends four months per year in the Sunshine State, into a summer refugee, who leaves the humid summers for the mountain breezes of legendary Woodstock, New York, for five months. Whenever I tell people of my two homes (seven months in Florida and five in New York), I invariably hear the expression, "best of both worlds." Well, guess what; depending on your personal situation, you might be able to have the very same, even if your northern home is a rental.
When you recognize that you speak a universal language, you also understand that virtually everybody wants what you offer. It's important that you speak it daily, many times every day. Doing that every day might even bring so many new clients onto your table that, while other therapists complain of their slow season, you're busy massaging in July as if it were January. And you won't need to think about going anywhere else to find clients. This means that you, along with every massage therapist you know, will have broken through the limited thinking of how hard it is to find new clients. The deeper truth isn't how you can get new clients, but rather who is going to become your next client today. This one shift in consciousness is so powerful that it can literally transform your entire massage business.
Who will become your next client? Is it the lawyer standing by the chips and dip at the party whose stiff neck is crying out desperately for deep tissue work? Perhaps it's the single mom of three on the mat next to yours in your yoga class who is bending and stretching to relax her harried nerves. Or maybe it's your tennis partner or opponent who needs to soothe an aching tennis elbow or tight hamstring?
In cities like New York, Los Angeles or our own Miami, which have high concentrations of Latin American citizens, you'll frequently run across stores that have signs in the windows that read, "Se habla Espanol." In other words, "Spanish is spoken here." It's time that you put an analogous sign on your forehead that reads, "Universal Language of Massage Spoken Here." Those Spanish signs help those merchants succeed; your sign can help you, too.
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