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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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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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