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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
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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