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Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
The Winner of the Game
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
In my opinion, massage therapists' success rates are incredibly low. Of course, success means different things to different people, but I am talking about the kind of success that means being able to pay your bills and still have some funds left over for savings.All too often, I hear my colleagues talk about how difficult it is to make a living in this profession. Many therapists are forced to work a job in another profession to be able to support themselves and their families. There also is evidence to support the fact that many massage therapists leave the industry within three to five years. This is astounding to me, considering it takes a fair amount of time and money to become a massage therapist in the first place. Why are so many therapists not realizing success and leaving the industry too soon?
Attitude plays a large part in the big picture. I believe how you approach something has everything to do with its outcome. There is a mental strategy that might help some of you. It's a shift of mind, but it has very specific actions to back it up. Any mental practice is only as good as the actions that follow. Merely thinking about something doesn't work. What you do to make your thoughts an "action plan" will have everything to do with the results you achieve.
For the sake of argument, let's talk about success in terms of finances. Being able to pay your bills, put some away for savings and live comfortably is the goal. The first thing to do is have a mental shift in attitude. So, consider success in the massage industry a game. That's the first thing to think about. As with any game, someone comes out a winner. Everyone wants to be the winner, but not everyone can be. There have to be some losers. Unfortunately, there are a lot of losers in this industry; therapists who, for one reason or another, just can't make a go of it as a career. In my opinion, they have not taken the action steps to realize the success they want.
It's this simple. The winner of the game is the therapist who understands massage marketing and is willing to put the time and effort into it and apply it to their business. These are the action steps necessary to achieve the dream, accomplish the goals and obtain the success you desire. Without this effort and action plan, there is no success.
Amazing statistics support the notion that many more massage therapists can be successful in this industry. There also are statistics indicating the market is becoming saturated, with hundreds of graduates coming out of schools and more schools opening all the time. For example, the AMTA states there are 300,000 massage therapists in the U.S. Additionally, 47 million people received massages last year. No doubt, people are more willing than ever to spend money on their health care, paying to take care of themselves with personal training, chiropractic and massage. Ask yourself, what are you willing to do to tap into these clients and set yourself apart from the sea of other MTs?
The only thing that's going to determine whether you reap the rewards of a great economic time or suffer the pain of a saturated profession is your understanding of massage marketing and your willingness to sharpen your skills every year. That's right, every year. All too often, therapists flock to hands-on classes to sharpen their massage skills. The hope is that this will make them more successful. But this just isn't true. Successful massage therapists are the ones found in the marketing classes or the other practice-management seminars, reading literature on successful businesses and sharpening their business skills to take back to their practices. Once back on their home turf, they put the time and effort into what they've learned in order to apply these newfound skills.
Time and effort seem like vague terms, so let me elaborate with examples. When I say time, I mean about 20 percent of your anticipated client hours. If you want to see 20 clients per week, then four hours should be spent on marketing efforts per week. When I say effort, I mean doing something that might be outside your current comfort zone. Meeting new people and networking are the best ways to boost business. Commit to these things and watch your business and bank account grow.
I want you to be successful. I don't want you to be another statistic, leaving the industry after only three years. Be the therapist willing to learn about massage marketing and devote the energy necessary to achieve the dream of success. Set yourself apart from the others by committing to nothing less. This is my wish for you.
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