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The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09
By Angie Patrick
According to Merriam-Webster.com, release is defined as:
In massage, release is a good thing. It heralds the relaxation of sore muscles due to activity or stress, brings about positive momentum, and can mean the beginning of the healing process. We seek this in our clients. When we reach this goal, we are met with a sense of satisfaction and success. We are reminded of the reason we chose this profession; to heal and help others, and provide a means of release from the pain and stress that restrains, confines and oppresses them.
By its very definition, it also means "to let go." Many gifted therapists love and adore the profession they have chosen, but feel burdened or confined when faced with the task of marketing themselves and staying abreast of the latest in the industry. I would like to share with you a few ideas to help you release yourself from the stress of feeling out of touch, and perhaps give you a starting point in your own quest to market yourself, your talent and your desire to help others while earning a living for yourself and your family.
R: Research the research. There are a number of online repositories of research data and published papers where you can learn about the latest findings in massage. A couple of great Web sites you can check out are www.massagetherapyfoundation.org and www6.miami.edu/touch-research/research.htm. Both of these sites will give you a great deal of insight into the research that gives medical validity to the industry you have chosen to make your livelihood. By reviewing these sites regularly, you can be sure you will be in the loop on any emerging modalities, their medical benefits and therapeutic applications.
E: Engage your brain and keep your business acuity sharp. Learn ways to market yourself and your practice in your local area. Find new pockets of opportunity by attending Chamber of Commerce meetings and networking. Invent new ways to partner with local businesses to co-advertise or exchange promotional opportunities.
L: Learn how to maximize the marketing value of the client on your table. You have successfully gained a client, and that client looks to you for guidance in their pain management. They come to you with the hope you will treat them and provide relief from their ailments or stress. They will most assuredly discuss their massage experience with friends, family and coworkers. Make sure you are sharing with them ideas and product suggestions that will help make them feel better between massages. No doubt this type of positive experience and word-of-mouth promotion will set you up as an expert therapist in the eyes of your client, as well as all those they speak with about their experience.
E: Educate yourself in ways to augment the basic 60-90 minute massage session. Opt for continuing education courses that will expand your arsenal of modalities and stretch you a bit beyond your specialties. There are so many great courses out there to choose from, you might be challenged in trying to discern in which to invest your time. Contact your local or state massage associations for suggestions or check out the ads in industry periodicals like Massage Today. These can be invaluable resources for locating the right courses for your interests.
A: Add-On Treatments can mean more money to your bottom line. Don't misunderstand me; I am not advocating taking advantage of anyone or suggesting therapeutic treatment in an unethical fashion solely for the purpose of monetary gain. The truth is, in a world where many of those who seek the talent of a massage therapist also will seek the refuge and relaxation of a spa treatment from time to time. Other massage therapists often perform these treatments. By learning a small array of spa-like treatments such as a body scrub, foot massage, aromatherapy massage or body wrap, you will be able to offer these services to your clients. They likely will prefer having them administered by someone they know, with whom they already have a rapport established. Ultimately, you are providing a service they likely will seek out anyway, giving your client yet another reason to retain your services.
S: Selling retail is not taboo! It's an excellent way to augment your income and is ultimately expected by your clients. Make sure you are offering an array of items about which you feel confident and have the appropriate knowledge to educate your clients about proper usage. You are the expert they have chosen to provide massage therapy. This does not stop at the end of the session. Provide your clients the means to facilitate proper self-care between visits. Be it small exercise tools or analgesics to educational pamphlets and stretching charts, retail products in conjunction with your healing touch can aide your clients into a speedy recovery or release from stress or pain.
E: Enjoy your client session. Be fully present for your client both physically and energetically. When you are enjoying the experience of helping another, it will translate into your care. Your client will know and feel you love what you do and are focused on their well-being. Intent in your massage is almost as important as technique. Without positive intent and emotion, your therapy, regardless how technically proficient, will fall short of the client's expectations. This will not only leave you feeling as if you have let your client down, but it most likely will result in the loss of the client. Prevent this by simply taking a few moments before caring for a client to breathe, and clear your mind of all but the person on your table. You will be rewarded with a fully satisfied client and a personal sense of accomplishment.
Making the most of every opportunity you have to expand your knowledge of the massage industry and all it offers will only help you along your road to success. Be on top of your game, and provide quality, well-informed advice to your client. Give your clients undivided attention, and always have their best interest at heart. Following these basic (albeit important) guidelines will help to ensure your longevity as a massage therapist, as well as lay the foundation of a fulfilling and rewarding career.
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