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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?."
CMT & Stroke Risk: Myth vs. Fact
By now, most of you have probably heard that the American Heart Association recently published a statement regarding the association between cervical dissection (CD) and cervical manipulative therapy (CMT).
Chiropractic Research in Review
Predicting Pain With Disability in Office Workers; Traction Approaches for Discogenic Cervical Radiculopathy; Intra-Articular Gas Bubbles Following Manipulation; Nonresponsive Chronic Ankle Sprains: Think Tendon Rupture.
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.
Correcting Pelvic Rotation Around the Long Axis: Adjustment Protocol
The pelvis can be considered a ring that can misalign on the sacrum rotating around the long axis. The following is a description of an adjustment that helps to correct sacroiliac rotation around the long axis.
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."
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 2)
As mentioned in part 1, using a flexion-distraction table is a great way to unlock this particular fixation. You have found the stuck segment. You have determined whether it is unilateral, midline or bilateral.
Communication 101: Please Explain Yourself!
Twice this past week, I overheard conversations about chiropractic. As you can imagine, it is a topic my ears naturally pick up. In both cases, a patient was talking to a friend about their experience with a chiropractor.
Sports Science: What's in That Drink?
Athletes frequently ask me what the best liquid is to drink during exercise – water or a sports drink? Water provides the necessary hydration, but unfortunately, it lacks the key nutrients to aid in performance and recovery.
Uncle Sam Needs You (Part 2)
Where chiropractic care has been used in the military health services, it has been deemed very successful.
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.
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.
Essential Orthopedic Testing: Tests That Involve Standing on One Leg
Since these tests have a common mechanism of performance (standing on one leg), there are differential diagnostic concerns during testing. The tests cannot be completely isolated from each other for performance.
Dr. George Goodman and His Legacy to Logan University
Those who knew him called him a revered leader, a visionary and one of chiropractic's biggest advocates. George A. Goodman, DC, Logan University's sixth and longest-serving president, passed away on Sept. 9. He was 70 years old.
The Case for Immunization
As long as I have been a chiropractor, I have seen many in this profession oppose vaccinations. Indeed, it has often been taken as a "given" that to be a principled chiropractor requires a curmudgeon's willingness to hold aloft that banner of opposition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commingling Money: 12 Questions for the ACA About the CHAMP / NCLAF Merger
The American Chiropractic Association recently announced it was merging the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the Chiropractic Health Advocacy and Mobilization Project into a single entity that will support both legal and legislative actions.
May, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 05
Overcoming the CST Language Barrier
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
One of the biggest challenges CranioSacral therapists face today is the same one with which I wrestled when I began marketing CranioSacral Therapy (CST) back in 1994. "How do you describe CST to prospective clients?" I asked therapists. What I heard was such a jumble of anatomical terms, it made my head spin.
Overcoming this language barrier is still a hurdle many talented practitioners struggle with. It would be a simple problem to solve if all you had to do was take a handful of modality, add a dash of physiology and sprinkle in a fascial system or two. But most of your prospects probably won't know a modality from a mole hill.
So how do you speak their language? By translating the technical jargon into terms even a 6th-grader can understand. It's not about talking down to your prospects. It's about making it easy for the information to enter the brain - and even easier for them to say, "That's for me!"
A Good Place to Start
Try this. Instead of saying something like, "CranioSacral Therapy is an innovative modality that enhances the flow of cerebrospinal fluid via the meninges to remove chronic restrictions in the fascial system to restore homeostasis," say something like this: "CranioSacral Therapy is a very gentle, light-touch approach that releases tensions deep in the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax and self-correct. It helps you naturally free yourself from pain, stress and discomfort. And it's performed on fully clothed clients on a comfortable massage table."
See how the most important elements are all still there?
It's a very gentle, light-touch approach. Now your prospective clients know it involves touch but it doesn't hurt. And they can easily understand how CST can be effective for all ages, from newborns to seniors.
It releases tensions deep in the central nervous system. While many of your prospects won't be able to tell you exactly what the central nervous system is, they generally understand it's an important part of the body that has a great deal of influence on every other part. This focus on the central nervous system also helps distinguish CranioSacral Therapy from many other forms of bodywork.
It allows the body to relax and self-correct. This jargon-free phrase reinforces the gentle aspect of CST and makes another appealing point: It's a natural therapy that works with the body, not against it. And in a complex health care system, that's a refreshing distinction.
It helps you naturally free yourself from pain, stress and discomfort. You may choose to view your prospects as perfect, whole and complete. But the truth is, they classify themselves first by their pain and discomfort. Spelling out what CST helps in this way reminds your listeners that this is for them.
It's performed on fully clothed clients on a comfortable massage table. This one might surprise you, because it's an answer to a question most of your prospects will never ask. But believe me, they're thinking it. When you remove this mental barrier, you can almost hear them breathe a sigh of relief.
Next time you begin to describe CranioSacral Therapy in terms you personally know and love, take a moment to realize you may be in layman's land and translate accordingly.
Your Handy Translation Guide
Whenever you find yourself launching into "CranioSpeak," try translating some of your favorite terms into words any prospective client could understand.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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