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Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
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.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
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.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
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.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
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.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
More Than Just a Pretty Face
By Rita Woods, LMT
As many of you know by now, I teach a two-day certification class covering a rejuvenating facelift massage technique. I admit that anti-aging and "facelift massage" work is not an area in which I ever thought I would be working.Like many of you out there, I used to think it was a bunch of fluff with no guts. However, I also know that nothing comes to us by accident, so I was well-aware that my life would be changing when I bought the business. My journey into this field has, quite frankly, surprised me in that it has reconnected me with my roots in stress management.
We are all aware of the relaxation response our clients can experience during a massage. This is not a new concept. It was taught to us early in our careers and then reinforced through experience. We also learned that the mental and emotional state of the therapist directly impacts the client and the ultimate outcome of the session. Depending on your massage textbook and instructors in massage school, you may have been introduced to something called entrainment. Entrainment, used in this instance, describes the synchronization between the therapist and the client. As you know, being "in sync" usually produces better results. We also can refer to this as being "on the same wavelength" because from an electromagnetic perspective, you are. This happens between people, with our animals and even between various organ systems within our own body.
Thanks to research, we now know that 15 minutes of compassionate touch can positively affect the physiology of the body for several hours. We also have learned that positive emotions, such as gratitude, have a positive affect on our physiology. This type of research continues at a rapid pace, and new methods of collecting and quantifying the data are being developed and perfected. Tools to measure these shifts and changes within the individual are vital to our profession. They provide the proof needed by the medical community to accept the technique as having true value. We need that acceptance in order to move viable complementary medicine into its rightful place in mainstream health care.
Now that you have a little background, I want to share with you what I first experienced at a spa show in New York City last fall. I went there to volunteer my time and services at the "Sanctuary." You'll find it at massage and some spa trade shows. You get a 10-15 minute session for around $10. All of that money is donated to touch research. (For more information about the Sanctuary, see "For the Good of the Profession" in this issue.) The Sanctuary was the brain child of Angie Patrick, who, after giving birth to a special-needs baby, saw firsthand how important healing touch was in her daughter's early months. If no research had been done, we would not have known to offer compassionate touch to this baby.
During my 15-minute facelift massage mini-sessions, I noticed clients were drifting into a deeply relaxed state in a short period of time. It soon became apparent that whatever I was doing - acupressure points, small deliberate strokes, specific muscle work, who knows what else - was eliciting a dramatic relaxation response from the client. It probably helps that the client doesn't talk while you're working on the face! My interest was piqued. What was happening? Was it possible to get a relaxation response similar to a full-body massage just from working on the face? Anecdotal feedback from the clients supported this theory, so I had some of my own research to do.
I have used specific mind/heart techniques to entrain my heart and brain centers to act as one coherent unit for a couple of years. Part of this work includes using equipment that gauges changes in the autonomic nervous system. It basically tells you when you have everything in sync. When you do, some very important things happen. First, your immune system gets a boost with an increase of IgA antibodies; then your aging process slows with an increase in DHEA production. There are lots of other positive effects, but you get the idea. I hooked my research clients up to the equipment before and after their facelift massage session. There it was - a dramatic increase in coherent synchronization within their body. I realized the work I was doing on the face had much farther-reaching implications than just making the face look better.
Our face usually is the first thing we look at in the mirror, and the image we have of ourselves is based partly on what we see in the mirror. By the same token, the image we leave with others is based partly on what they see. I know it sounds vain, but it's true. When you look good, you feel good. And when you're deeply relaxed and become internally synchronized, you literally change more than 1,200 chemicals in the body that support healthy function, repair and youth.
There are a lot of benefits of a good facelift massage. Some important benefits are:
I guess what I'm really trying to say is this: Sometimes our direction in life changes. To make the most of it, we need to be open-minded. As always, remember there is more to the story than we see at first glance. Next month, we'll talk in more detail about facial massage. So, in the meantime, get out there and get involved in some research! And if you are in Florida for the FSMTA Convention in July, come by the Sanctuary, make a donation and let me work on your face!
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