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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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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