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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
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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