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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
Massage Your Balancing Act
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
In my May column, I talked about how to empower your clients using simple communication skills. It doesn't matter whether you work in a clinic, a spa or as an outcall massage therapist; chances are you have encountered one or more clients who experience feelings of hopelessness and depression because of their physical pain.
Keeping an open dialogue and educating your clients about their bodies, as well as maintaining a positive attitude in the treatment room, are as essential to a client's well-being as the bodywork itself. Sometimes, this is easier said than done - especially when you are in the midst of your own challenges.
As massage therapists, we often are so focused on helping our clients that we neglect our own professional, financial, personal and spiritual lives. So, how does one go about creating balance in all of these areas? I will walk you through five steps that can help you balance and produce positive changes in any area of your life.
If you've listened to the news in the past couple of months, you've heard the buzz about the economy. Prices for basic goods, services and gas continue to rise, and many experts are predicting some tough times ahead. Obviously, some things - like the economy - are outside of our control. And it's not healthy to expend large amounts of energy on the things we can't control. Rather, what we need to do is focus our efforts on those things in our immediate lives we can control, evaluate the challenges and take steps to overcome them.
In addition to running a massage practice, we all perform various juggling acts. I am on the road several weeks a year teaching seminars, as well as running a clinic and continually working to develop new, and improve upon, existing products. This doesn't take into account trying to maintain a social life and my relationships with friends and family. Perhaps you are dealing with similar issues: running a massage practice, trying to devote more time to yourself and your family, and a host of other personal and professional obligations. So, here is rule number one: It's easier to deal with the stresses of life when you are flexible. There is no doubt challenges constantly will be thrown your way. Maintaining flexibility and a willingness to adjust your plans will make dealing with these challenges much easier.
Five Steps to Positive Change
1. Acknowledge that something is out of balance and needs your attention. No one ever improved a situation by looking the other way. No matter how painful, scary or unpleasant the circumstances, it's generally best to face it squarely.
Professional Challenges. Are you worried about increasing volume or just maintaining your massage practice in this unsettling economy? Try one or more of the following:
Check out my article, "Building Raving Fans," in the April issue of Massage Today for a host of additional practice-building tips.
Financial Challenges. Are you making a decent living or barely making enough money to get by? Hire a financial planner who specializes in small-business money management. A financial planner can help you create a reasonable budget you can stick to; help you plan for retirement and unexpected financial emergencies; and help you get organized so you can see the bigger financial picture down the line. Can't afford to pay a financial planner? Consider trading services with one. Or check out your local bookstore - there are plenty of great books that specialize in financial planning and small businesses.
Personal and Spiritual Challenges. You won't be much good to your clients unless you're taking care of your mental and physical health. Exercise, eat healthier and take time out to recharge your brain and do the things you enjoy.
2. Ask empowering questions that include a specific positive outcome. Ask yourself what you can do right now to immediately improve your situation.
Professional Challenges. Empowering questions include:
Financial Challenges. Empowering questions include:
Personal and Spiritual Challenges. Empowering questions include:
3. Implement change by taking action. The empowering questions you asked in step two will help determine the actions you need to take. There is a saying that goes, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." The key is to start and then constantly move in the direction of the outcome. Don't get frustrated if things don't happen right away. Most things take time to come to fruition - and patience is a virtue.
4. Assess and modify your plan to achieve your outcome. This is where flexibility comes into play. Always prepare for unexpected challenges and try not to get overwhelmed when things don't go exactly right. Instead, ask yourself, "What did I learn today?" When you hit a wall, start at step one and repeat the cycle. Realize there will be occasional bumps in the road. For more about achieving your desired outcomes, check out my article, "The Power of the List," in the January 2007 issue of Massage Today.
5. Maintain a positive outlook. It's important to see the silver lining in everything we do. Most people will never completely understand the challenges we face as massages therapists, but you chose this profession because you wanted to help people. No matter what challenges you are facing, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Stay positive. Take the lemons in your very capable hands and make lemonade.
Join me again next month for more valuable information. Until then, stay focused, be positive and enjoy the process.
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