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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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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!
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.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
Five Fundamentals for Building Your Massage Business, Part 1
By Cary Bayer
As a life coach, I see so many people in pain every day - suffering in relationships, in unconscious communication, in desperate financial situations. As massage therapists, you see pain, too. We face similar challenges, namely, how do you get people to recognize they deserve relief from pain? There is an answer. In your case, it's knowledge and techniques to help break through to better health. In my case, it's better relationships, more money and greater happiness.
I've seen similar patterns in the more than 100 therapists I've coached, so I'll draw on them to offer motivation now and tools for the future. To become successful and happy, you need more than massage techniques alone. Being alive means you're on an intriguing journey to self-knowledge, peace and prosperity. So, what do you know about journeys? "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step," said Lao-Tzu. Yogis offer wisdom, too: "You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going 'cause you might not get there." That yogi was named Berra.
This article will give you knowledge of five "S's" for creating a successful massage business. They are: knowledge of self; strategy; serenity; sales effectiveness and successful thinking.
Knowledge of Self
You need to know what you want from business and who you truly are. Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." He might have added, "The unexamined massage business is not worth practicing." Self-employed people often are so busy trying to make ends meet, they overlook taking time to shape their businesses. So ask yourself vital questions:
Managers hustle to get things done in time; leaders create visions to evolve into and a strategy to accomplish them. Strategies are necessary for people or organizations intent on growth; they incorporate short-, mid- and long-term goals. When you've a plan, you know where you're going and can guide your actions effectively.
People want to work with you because of your hands and your spirit. Many clients see you as a healer who helps them manage stress. Clients don't want stressed-out massage therapists. Therapists with good hands and vibes succeed. So much success depends on our serenity. Pascal said, "All of man's troubles stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone." I could give you the experience of profound serenity, but I'd need to put on my hat as a Transcendental Meditation teacher. In one minute I can give you a small dose of serenity. Close your eyes now and take a deep breath. Release all your cares and breathe like this for a minute. Do you feel silence and peace? Can you see what this one- minute breather can do if you center this way before massages? This is the value of serenity.
Many therapists dread selling their services. Mostly it's because they think they're selling themselves, and if nobody buys, they're not liked. A person can't be sold in America. You can rent your services by the hour on your table. Once you get the distinction between selling yourself and renting your services, anxiety and the sense of rejection can disappear.
Remember in kindergarten, when you played show and tell. You brought something to school you loved and shared it with the other kids. Perhaps a favorite doll, baseball glove, or teddy bear and you inspired the others, but they had no way of getting it. Show and tell is a selfish tease because your enthusiasm interests people in having something they can't have. Therapists can play a similar game, spelled slightly differently: It's show and sell, similar to show and tell except you don't have a stuffed animal to show and tell. But you do have massage techniques you can tell about.
So if somebody asks what you do, show and tell them. Their neck and back are very interested in what you can do. You've no idea how people value your work. The famous actress Hedy Lamarr once said, "I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away." Virtually every adult you see every day wants what you offer. Everyone wants less pain. When someone is interested in having less pain, ask, "Would you like to set up a session to relieve this pain?" This question sets show and tell apart from show and sell. But you're not five years old anymore and neither is this person. They have been holding tensions in their body for longer than five years. It's innocent to ask if they would like less tension. It's what we call selling. It doesn't need to be more complicated than that.
Learn these five S's because an increasing number of people will be coming to you for massages. According to AMTA research, through 2012, massage therapists are likely to see a 20 percent to 35 percent rise in job opportunities. Some 47 million Americans got massages between August 2004 and July 2005, with 34 percent of adults receiving a massage in the past five years. With only 17 percent of men in the past year having been massaged, more than 8 of 10 men haven't in 365 days. That's a huge opportunity for them and you. Two of three adults haven't been massaged. Virtually everyone wants what you offer. Ask clients to share their benefits with friends. Seventy-three percent receiving massage would recommend it to others. Talk to health professionals, too. Seventy percent of therapists receive two referrals monthly from health care pros. Talk to them. In the next installment, we'll examine in great detail the fifth S: successful thinking.
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