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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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