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East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Inspire to Be Higher
By Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB
I have been a part of the massage therapy profession for 24 years. Like most therapists, I entered the profession because I find joy in helping others feel good about themselves. Consequently, massage therapists often succumb to the demands of caring for everyone else and neglect taking care of themselves. My goal is to inspire you, the massage therapist, to reach higher than that.
One of the most important choices an individual must make in their life is to take complete responsibility for their own well-being. It's the core of developing high self-esteem and strong self-worth. You can't hold yourself in high regard if you don't take care of yourself. If your time is so consumed with the care of others that you become exhausted, sick, injured or burned out, what message do you ultimately send to your clients? Most therapists learn the importance of teaching their clients to stay healthy in body, mind and spirit. However, are they inspired enough to live that lifestyle for themselves?
Therapists tend to sleep less than the recommended eight hours their bodies need to re-energize each night. They disregard their nutritional needs and avoid the proper amounts of stretch and exercise needed to stay strong enough to do the job. In general, they work too hard and play too little. I encourage you to self-evaluate and take a long look in the mirror. If you see a healthy, energized and stimulated individual looking back at you - great! If you don't see something you are happy with, don't be discouraged - get inspired! Begin by doing small things for yourself; things that not only make your body and mind feel better, but raise you higher and build your self-esteem and self-worth.
"Where and how do I start?" might be the question running through your mind right now. Start at the beginning. Be kind to your body and begin a self-care program. This is not something that has to be fancy or expensive. Get more rest, drink water and add a more balanced diet including fruits and vegetables. Take time to walk outside and enjoy the fresh air.
As massage therapists, we need to target specific muscles to stay healthy and active, and prevent injuries. If we neglect to do this, we run the risk of ending our careers much sooner than needed. The abdominal and lower back muscles always are a good place to start, as they are largely over-used in this profession.
Unless you have a medical condition that would contraindicate such exercise, I recommend an exercise ball. This is a great tool to assist in doing crunches and keeping the core muscle groups strong. Some therapists like to replace their chair with a ball to sit on because it makes you use your core muscles without even thinking about them. I stretch my back using the exercise ball by laying on it and gently rocking myself back and forth.
For the mid-back, I like to stretch the pectoral muscles in three planes. Place arms straight out in front of you, palms together at chest level. Bring the arms behind you as far as is comfortable. Then repeat the stretch at a 45-degree angle above your shoulders and then at a 45-degree angle down by your waist. I like to use an exercise band to strengthen my trapezius and rhomboids by holding the band in front of me and contracting my muscles, bringing my shoulders toward my spine.
Remember, if you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, don't feel bad - get inspired. Become higher in body, mind and spirit.
The Self-Care Wellness Team
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Click here for previous articles by Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB.
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