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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.
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.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
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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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