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Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
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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