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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Helping People Feel Like a Million Bucks for Just $70 (Bucks)
By Cary Bayer
Yesterday, in a coaching session with a massage therapist from Florida, I asked what her clients typically say when they're asked how they feel after a treatment. "Great, like a million bucks," she said. A light bulb went on because last week, a massage therapist client in New York also said, "Like a million bucks."
Last night, I had a lovely dinner that cost $70, but I never, for a moment, felt like a million bucks. I bought a great shirt at Bloomingdale's in Boca today for $70, but it doesn't make me feel like a million bucks. Recently, I bought a bottle of red wine from France for $70, and, while it went down smoothly, it never made me feel like a million bucks. High, yes; like a million bucks, no.
I scratched my head to discover where else can you spend just seventy bucks and feel like a million. No hot shot Wall Street guru could take an investment of $70 and turn it into a cool million. As hard as I thought, no $70 purchase yielded anything close to a million. Nothing, except for massage therapy.
Not only are you giving clients a subjective high they can't find anywhere else for just $70, you're also providing great healing benefits to their entire nervous system.
Deeply Desired Work
When you look at your work in this light, you realize the most important secret that so few LMTs ever really grasp: namely, that virtually every adult whom you see every day deeply wants what you offer. (I say adult, because kids and teenagers are so busy playing that they usually haven't amassed the disposable income that working adults typically have.) Therapists who haven't understood the desire for their work often feel frustrated, trying to figure out how and where they can get their next client. Therapists who have understood that virtually every adult whom they see deeply wants what they offer feel relaxed because they know that they can find a new client that week, that day, or even that hour.
If you doubt how powerful a tool massage is for making people feel really good, take a poll among your clients. That's exactly what I did. I polled friends and colleagues not clients, since many of my clients are LMTs, and are naturally biased toward massage; I didn't want that to skew my research.
Go ahead, and ask your sample group to rank the things they did during the previous month from one to 10 that made them feel the best. The answers you'll find will probably be similar to what I discovered when polling 25 people. They are listed in no particular order:
Top 10 List
What I noticed in polling 25 people, was that getting a massage was on 20 of the 25 lists. Not everyone had access to playing with a baby. Not everyone had grandkids. Not everyone had a pet. Not everyone had access to a beach to walk. Not everyone could afford dining at a great restaurant or plunking down the big bucks to see a Springsteen or a Streisand. But all of them could afford a therapeutic massage. That's good because that's something you can give them. (By the way, the five people who did not list a massage for that month, did not list marriage either.)
If you do this study for yourself, the importance of what you do for a livelihood may start to sink in on a cellular level. I hope so, because my telling you that virtually everyone you see every day could use one often doesn't get through. I know, because I say it many times each time I present a continuing education seminar for massage therapists. I usually say it almost every hour in my 6-CE class, "Build a $100,000 a Year Massage Business in Just 1 Hour a Day Without Burning Out" and still see that it goes in one ear and out the other of some therapists. That's why I spend nearly half the time in that seminar working from the inside out, transforming the small and negative thoughts that therapists have about themselves, their earning potential, and the possible success of their businesses. It takes transformation to take in how valuable what you do is.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that you have gotten the fact that your work is deeply desired by virtually everyone. Now I'll ask you some simple questions. What would you do differently if you realized that you have the ability to give virtually anyone the pleasure of feeling fantastic for just seventy bucks? Would you think differently about what you do? Would you speak differently about what you do? Would you market differently than you do? Would you advertise differently? Would you realize that a business card-size ad that lists your name, the modalities that you practice, and how to get into contact with you is usually a waste of money? Would you realize that, with regard to advertising, that size does matter? So does the message that you communicate? Would you realize that, on the whole, the average person suffering with tennis elbow, backaches, and neck pain doesn't care a whit about modalities, that he just wants relief from these maladies? Would you network more among health care professionals like medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists?
Most importantly, would you stop worrying and asking where you're going to find your next client? Instead, relax; and start asking just who among all the people you'll see in an hour is going to be the next lucky person to feel like a million bucks?
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