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Patriot Project: Serving Those Who Served; CTCA Chiropractor Receives Clinical Innovation Award.
The Deficiency Myth
If you went to the same kind of medical school I did and took the same kind of licensing exam I took, you were trained to seek out and expect to find primary deficiencies here in the U.S.
Peer Points: Spreading The Word
Pedram Shojai describes his venture into Traditional Chinese Medicine as a journey led by various "mystical experiences." Shojai decided to change the course of his career when he looked deeper into the basics of TCM.
Eucommia Bark Helps Maintain Strong Bones
Eucommia bark is a major tonic herb used in Asia, and now throughout the world, that supports and helps mend the skeletal structure and its related tissues. Eucommia bark is collected from Eucommia ulmoides trees that are more than 10 years old.
Qigong to Empower Our Youth
Qigong is an ancient form of exercise and meditation used to promote longevity and health. This practice has traditionally been used by adults to balance the body through mindfulness, focused breathing and gentle movements.
VA Names Sites for Pilot Chiropractic Residency Program
The Veterans Administration has announced the five VA medical facilities that will serve as initial sites for the administration's recently established pilot chiropractic residency program.
Grape Seed Extract: A Multifaceted Herb for Promoting Healthy Circulation
One of my favorite herbs is grape seed. Modern research has identified some intriguing health benefits attributable to the seed of this ancient fruit. I particularly use grape seed as an extract standardized for OPCs (oligomeric procyanidins).
Gallop Confidently Into The New Year
Happy New Year! As you may know, this is the year of the Wooden Horse. I received a wonderful gift for Christmas. It is a beautiful glass sculpture of a horse, by Luili Gong Fong, a Chinese artist.
Weighing in on Weight Loss
If your practice trends anything like the U.S. population, you are probably noticing over two-thirds of your patients could benefit from weight reduction, particularly if their main complaints include chronic back or joint pain.
Managing Hallux Hypomobility Disorders (Part 2)
In part one of this series we discussed the unique properties and significance of the first toe in the propulsive phase of gait. In particular, we discussed the importance of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ).
Diagnosing Flexion-Intolerant Lower Back Pain (Part 2): Exercise Rehab
One of the things that has puzzled us for years is the presentation of the flexion-intolerant patient. We have realized there is a large overlap with sacroiliac indicators. In acute lumbar pain, the SI often twists, subluxes, goes haywire.
An Alternate Method For Choosing The Right Formula For Your Patients
A constant question for us in the clinic is when to make adjustments and when to stay the course. A patient comes in and says, "Things are the same as last week."
The Urinary Bladder Official
The Bladder Official is known as the Official Who Controls the Storage of Water. In Western medical terms, this organ collects the urine excreted by the kidneys.
The Importance of Staying Focused
Our world is so full of over stimulation and constant information. We live in a fast paced, ever-changing society. If you seek you will receive.
Asymmetrical Pronation: Effect on Adjustments
When your patients don't respond as well as expected to their chiropractic adjustments, oftentimes there is a source of interference in the pedal foundation – asymmetrical pronation.
The Power of Words: DCs Share Drug-Free Approach
There's no doubt that words are powerful and important – especially in the chiropractic profession, where we have been struggling for years to find the right words to describe who we are and what we do.
Don't Believe It
One of our staff came into my office last week, very concerned about an article she had just read on a news media website. The article suggested researchers found "no health benefits" associated with taking multivitamins.
Acupuncture Ambassadors: A Chat with Leader Anthony M. Giovanniello, MSAc,LAc
When you first meet Anthony Giovanniello, you realize he's a humble practitioner, yet is bursting with a type of dedication that you can't help but be overwhelmingly inspired by.
Preserving the Natural Resources and Culture of Chinese Herbal Medicine
As the world experiences unprecedented population growth and ever-increasing ecological pressures, the topic of preserving Chinese medicine's natural resources has attracted steadily increasing attention from practitioners.
Embracing the Light
Four years, ago I was diagnosed with a labral tear in my hip that was excruciating and "required surgery" according to an orthopedic surgeon. I tried everything and although the symptoms had mostly abated, I had to give up Yoga practice and everything that could exacerbate the tear.
Gaining an Independent Occupational Code with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
One of the most important national activities currently taking place in relation to the development of the field of AOM profession is the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) revision of the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
Ever Heard of the Lateral Raphé?
We have all had acute patients enter our offices listing laterally to the side at the level of the lumbar spine or expressing pain on lateral lumbar bending.
Common Disorders of the Temporomandibular Joint
The evaluation and management of craniofacial pain is a complex endeavor, which often encompasses the presence of temporomandibular joint disorders.
Using Facial and Scalp Acupuncture To Treat Neuromuscular Facial Conditions
As a practitioner and instructor of facial rejuvenation acupuncture I have gotten many calls over the past 10 years from individuals seeking help for various conditions affecting the facial muscles, nerves, and overall function of the face.
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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