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Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
Hold Your Nose and Jump
By Rita Woods, LMT
Well, it's my debut article in Massage Today and I'm much more nervous than I thought I would be. With most things, however, it's the starting point that is most difficult. The good news is it's a new year; a good time for stepping out and becoming more of the person you want to be. I have little clichés I use for myself that have evolved from years of experience and admittedly, trial and error. One such cliché is "hold your nose and jump."
You see, I'm not much of a swimmer, but once upon a time I was in boot camp and had to learn how to save my own life in the water - Navy boot camp with sinking ships and all. I knew the longer I hesitated, the harder it would be to climb that high diving board, wait my turn while others in front of me continued to chicken out, assume the abandon ship position (tightly crossed arms and ankles to force you deep into the water), jump off that board, float as required, then swim the length of the Olympic-sized swimming pool and get out without letting my feet touch the bottom.
Mental anguish sets in: "What's the worst that can happen? Will you drown? No, the Navy SEALs are in the water to keep us from that. So, if you don't jump, then what? Well you'll have to come back again and again or risk spending eternity in boot camp. Not an option." And then it happened; I finally had enough of myself. Like a calm breeze blowing gently, I heard "hold your nose and jump." So I did without hesitation. I courageously stepped to the edge of the plank and stepped straight out ... into the air.
It's often that sort of leap of faith we need in order to get to the next level. Keep in mind it isn't the event that we fear, as we all have different fears; it is whatever stops you from moving forward in life. Once you take that step into thin air, another step will appear on which you can safely and securely rest your foot.
You see, we don't always have a clear picture of the situation when we are in the middle of it. And fear, our worst enemy, clouds every aspect of our being. However, you can't turn back now so the mind has to shift gears to save you. Turn the tide so to speak; force the conscious and subconscious minds to work together. This is when you really start to see the benefits.
Down I went, and then I remembered seeing how other people put their arms over their heads and kicked to the surface. Apparently, I looked dazed and confused because a Navy SEAL swam over to me and said: "Are you OK?" Then he asked: "Can you float?" I say, "Sort of." He smiles and puts his hand under the back of my head and holds me there until he knew I was steady. After my required floating time, the same man swims over to me and now asks: "Can you swim?" I say, "I used to swim some as a kid." He turns me around in the water, points me down the length of the pool and says, "I want you to swim as if your life depended on it." And he meant it, too! And so I did. I became a certified Navy swimmer.
Now there's proof that good things will come to you when you hold your nose and jump. Words of encouragement can go further than you can ever imagine. What we say to someone can have a lasting impression. It's our responsibility to use that tool wisely. As therapists, we have opportunities to impact the lives of many people. Remember, thoughts and feelings are really neuropeptides stored in the tissue; they have physical implications.
I have used the "hold your nose and jump" theory a lot over the years. When I left my job as a clinical laboratory technologist to go to massage therapy school, that worked out for me. When I moved to bustling Atlanta from my nice, quiet, peaceful country home in Florida, that worked out for me. Most things have worked out for me when I found my inner courage and acted on it. And so it is with my first article for Massage Today. Sometimes a gentle reminder that there's work to be done is needed and sometimes - you just need to hold your nose and jump.
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