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Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
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.
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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