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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 10
Massage Therapists Are Super Heroes
By Angie Patrick
Although you likely do not wear a cape, leap tall buildings, have X-ray vision or wear a stylish (yet cartoon-like) spandex suit, it is really true. Consider the typical client who calls you for an appointment.They are calling you because they need pain management, stress relief or therapeutic massage as a regimen they have implemented and adhere to for their own wellness. They look to you to provide these invaluable services to them, flawlessly and without error. They expect to walk out of the session feeling relieved, less stressed, at peace, and well.
Wow. That is really a huge expectation to have of any profession, but nonetheless, it is fully expected in massage therapy. If a client visits a medical doctor and gets an initial consultation, they will likely go ahead and schedule a follow-up exam, regardless of whether the initial visit had any tangible results on their health when they leave the office. The same cannot be said of the massage industry. If a client walks out of a massage session feeling as if they have had no real benefit, they will likely not rebook.
Now consider that the client also expects you to provide all these fantastic immediate results, regardless of whether you're having a bad day, the bills are late, you missed your dentist appointment, your child has the flu or your dog ran away from home. Your stresses are somehow supposed to be placed on hold and completely out of mind, so you can fully concentrate on making the client feel better. If this is not a feat worthy of a super hero, I don't know what is!
So, how is it accomplished? How do you pull off this miracle, day after day, and be fully present and available for your client and their needs? How can you live a normal life with all the stresses everyone else has, and still be able to give of yourself freely and uncompromisingly to better the lives and health of others? I don't have all the answers, but I do have a few tips to help you stay grounded and centered so you can be clear to provide the service they expect and, ultimately, retain your clientele.
As we preach, so should we abide by the suggestion that massage is essential therapy? Simply put: Get regular massages. I can't tell you how many therapists I speak to at conventions and on the phone who lament about how long it has been since they received a massage. How can this be? We know the therapeutic value and health benefits, yet we will not always take the time required for our own well-being. If costs are the concern, find a therapist in your area and trade services. No doubt you are not the only therapist who could use a good massage. Then it simply becomes a scheduling concern. Schedule this time for yourself as you would schedule an appointment for a client, and do not miss it. This time investment will build major equity in the longevity and success of your practice. Do not overlook this important part of self-care.
Take care of yourself and practice quality self-care techniques that can prevent injury from using improper body mechanics. Make sure your table is at the proper height for your frame, which will prevent over extension. Have your supplies close at hand so you do not have to twist and reach them, (holsters are great for this)! Perform stretching techniques and exercise to keep your body in shape, because massage therapy is a very physically demanding profession. Be certain to take the appropriate time and measures to heal properly should an injury occur.
How do you clear your mind of all the day-to-day clutter that can distract you from your client? Some people meditate for a brief period before giving massage, while others perform yoga stretches. Whether you chant, hum, stretch, walk or just breathe before your client arrives, find a pocket of time to just relax. I like to simply take three or four deep breaths, slowly in and out, and focus on emptying the clutter for a while. You are not ignoring your issues; simply think of it as hitting the "pause" button. There is plenty of time to address your issues, but while we have a client on the table, we must think of only them. To do anything less will come across in the treatment and cloud the client's perception of a successful session.
Taking the time to do a couple of these suggestions will inevitably make your body and your mind more open to providing the client an experience they will enjoy, and give long-lasting effects that will help heal and leave them wanting more.
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