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Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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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