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Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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?
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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 to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 06
Bending Spoons: Power to Create the Practice You Want
By Rita Woods, LMT
Massage therapists are a rare breed of people. When most people of the world see despair, the massage therapist sees a ray of sunshine. When most people of the world see hate and anger, the massage therapist can find love and peace.The massage therapist is typically on the cutting edge of spiritual awakening, of acknowledging a deeper purpose to life, and is tolerant to life's injustices. After all, massage therapists are healers at heart and you can't be a healer if you are judgmental, depressed or angry.
But when you take the events of the world in the last few years and combine that with our evolution and awakening on a spiritual level, it's easy to understand why people are acting out with violence and depression. Negativity plus uncertainty equals confusion. It's a well-known fact in the world of salesmanship that a confused customer does not buy. A confused person either does not take action or they react wildly and irrationally. It's like bumping into a wall over and over again.
You have clients who are caught in this web and may have stopped coming to see you. Your business may be dropping off which is creating a similar cycle for yourself. You are a good person with good intentions, so it's hard to believe this is happening to you. Some of you may completely change your life. Move to a new city, change relationships, shift your practice or even close your office. It's not you; it's the shift in consciousness that is changing the way you live, forever. Do you feel it too?
The good news is (and this is good news) that you have more power to create the life you want than ever before. When your world is in a state of flux, it can be molded. It becomes malleable like a ball of molten glass on the end of the glass blower's rod; it must be made into something by thought and action. Failure to recognize this opportunity will leave you with a blob that serves no purpose for you.
Your thoughts will indeed be the architect of your future. Your challenge is to watch and control what you are creating. Your dreams and aspirations are attainable. It just appears as if the rules for reaching them have changed.
Guard your thoughts as you would a precious commodity. They are your future. Here's a challenge for you: keep a small notebook with you for a week. Make two columns on each page. One column for negative thoughts and one for positive thoughts. Every time you have a thought, mark it on the notebook in the appropriate column. At the end of the week, see what you are creating. I know, it's sort of a pain to do that every time you have a thought, but try. Until you know what your mind is doing unconsciously, you will not have control of your creations.
Recently I attended a weekend marketing workshop. One of my goals is to create excellent marketing material for therapists who are certified in my face massage program. So my action was to attend a workshop to get help from people who know more about it than I do. Much to my surprise, my biggest ah-ha moment came at lunch when we learned to bend spoons. Now, I did not go to this event to learn to bend spoons, nor did I have any idea that would be on the agenda. I just wanted to learn better marketing tactics. Lunch was a ladies-only luncheon sponsored by the promoter's wife. She is great about finding ways to empower people and this experiment was no exception. Because I believe we all need to be coaxed out of our comfort zone, I want you to try it too.
First, go buy some thin cheap spoons at the dollar store. You will be physically bending the spoon not thinking it to bend. The spoons we used snapped and broke if bent with too much force. Therefore, we knew when we pushed too hard too soon - before it was time. To get started, standing is best. Your energy flows better and you are in a more powerful position when your spinal column is straight. Hold the spoon resting your thumb on the area between the handle and the bowl-like section. Center and ground yourself energetically, you may want to take off your shoes to help ground.
Visualize the energy coming in through your left hand and out the right. Rub the spoon in the spot where you want it to bend. Imagine it heating up in that area. Stay with that for a few minutes until you feel ready. You should feel the area warming and there will be a slight drag under your thumb. Then with your thumb, begin to push it to bend. It will take some effort but do not force it. It will succumb and bend. I watched our hostess bend two spoons then twist the ends like a pretzel. Amazing. Did I bend mine? Yes, but right at the end, I forced it too fast and it snapped.
My lesson: keep the pressure on but don't try to force it to happen. Massage therapy continues to grow, research continues to validate the benefits of our work and therapists continue to seek new and better ways to help people. But let's face it; your world is not the same as it was just a year ago. It's time to step out of the old box, be courageous and challenge yourself. If you lead, others will follow.
I'd love to hear from you about challenges that you and your clients are having. I'd also like to know if you tried bending a spoon. Please email me at and let me know.
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