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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
January, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 01
Raising Fees by Raising Self-Esteem
By Cary Bayer
The easiest way to raise your income as a licensed massage therapist is to raise your fees. You don't need to get any new clients, you don't need to sell existing clients any new packages, and you don't need to sell any new products. The easiest way to raise your fees is to raise your self-esteem. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The whole issue of raising your fee is a charged topic for many, so let me backtrack and first set the groundwork. Virtually every massage therapist, even those who are self-employed, has some history of being an employee. The same is true for most employers in our country. As a result, most of us have had a history of asking for a raise. For those who are more timid than not, that experience was fraught with butterflies. That's a nice way of saying that they were scared s*#$less.
Those experiences probably taught us two things: (1) Asking for a raise (in other words, increasing your income) is filled with anxiety; and (2) It can be hard to get a raise (easy to think if you were often unsuccessful in your attempts to procure one in the past).
The emotional traumas incurred from asking for raises are stored in your body and mind, even if you're now self-employed. If you're a massage therapist, these old scars will likely surface when it comes time to raise your fees. If you're a timid massage therapist, they might not. That's not because you've healed more quickly than more-confident LMTs, but because you're less likely to attempt to raise your fees in the first place.
Let's assume that it's time to raise the fees that you charge for your massages. The good news is that you no longer have to convince a boss or a committee that you deserve such a raise. Now that you're self-employed, all you have to do is make the decision for yourself. Clients will either accept the raise or they won't. Having raised my own fees many times in the 24 years that I've been self-employed, I'll give you one simple, but highly effective, shortcut to successfully raising your fees: convince yourself first that you deserve the increased rates.
If you succeed in doing this, you'll likely receive little or no resistance from your clients. But if you don't take the time to persuade yourself, if you don't do the inner work that's necessary to make such a transformation, I can guarantee that you will receive resistance from your clients. I don't say this to be negative; I say it because it's true. We're such mirrors for each other. I've seen this play out countless times in countless self-employed professionals from all walks of life and across different industries over the past couple of decades.
Taking the time to accomplish the inner transformation is somewhat analogous to a piece of advice I've received countless times from massage therapists throughout the country. Namely, that as an avid and active tennis player who's on the courts three or four times per week, it's vital for me to stretch before and after matches. When I take the time to follow this wise counsel, my body recovers faster and with less strain from the intense workout. When I arrive late and other players are waiting to get started, I'll sometimes forego the stretches. Or if, after finishing play, I'm late for a meeting, I'll often take a pass on the post-play cooldown. The people giving the advice are always right - my body suffers as a result. As the wise maxim goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It's as true for a tennis player stretching muscles as it is for a massage therapist stretching self-esteem.
The reason for the inner change is that our self-worth is intricately linked to our net worth. This is such an important principle - and one that many therapists have not heard stated so succinctly - that I'll take a moment to repeat it so that it sinks in more deeply: Self-worth is linked to net worth. Those with low self-esteem often find themselves in dead-end, low-paying jobs. They usually find it hard to ask for a raise, and if they muster the courage to do so, they're often denied. On the other hand, those with high self-esteem often find themselves in higher-paying positions, with many opportunities for growth and expansion in their careers, along with the higher salaries and bonuses that naturally come along with that.
When you feel poorly about yourself, you wouldn't dare think about asking clients to pay you more money than they've been accustomed to. Conversely, when you feel great about yourself, the prospect of getting paid more for your services doesn't seem as daunting.
Now that you've come to see the relationship between self-worth and net worth, let's take a moment to look at the word discount. When you discount yourself, you don't appreciate yourself. As a result, you don't take in the compliments and praise of others. You shuffle them off as if they meant nothing, because you think you're nothing. Then the idea of changing your fees can mean only one thing: lowering them, rather than raising them. We have a word in English for lowering prices: it's called discounting. And it comes about when you've first discounted yourself. When you do, you discount your fees. When you praise yourself, you raise your fees. You make the choice.
Let's say that you propose to raise your fee from $60 per session to $70. One good affirmation you can use to help create the inner transformation is: "I'm so talented and experienced as a massage therapist that my clients are getting a bargain to pay only $70 for my massages." It's worth a few minutes a day to transform your belief system. As the old Johnny Mercer song goes,
"You've got to accentuate the positive
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