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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.
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.
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?
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.
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."
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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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