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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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Including Exercises as Part of a Treatment Plan
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question: When you teach a client exercises as part of a treatment plan, how do you ensure that they do them regularly?
Answer: It depends on the client. Each of your clients may be motivated by something different. It's important to remember that people have different learning styles, so an explanation or instruction that works for one person may not work for another. Some people learn visually -- they need to see something on paper or watch you demonstrate what you're talking about. In contrast, auditory learners learn best by hearing what you have to say, and kinesthetic learners need to have a direct experience, either physically or emotionally.
With any client, I tend to give a verbal explanation first. I might say, "Healing while you're doing these exercises means that you'll have a fuller range of movement when the the status of the injury has improved. If you heal without a full range of movement, there's a greater danger that you'll re-injure yourself when you become more active." Then, for a visually oriented client, I might show the person a drawing that illustrates how adhesive scar tissue contributes to re-injury.
For auditory or kinesthetic learners, I might tell a story about a client who healed more quickly once she started doing the exercises. I'd also have the kinesthetic learner practice the exercise as I explained it. In addition, I often bring up the financial benefits that come from healing more quickly. I explain that doing the exercises will make the treatment process much shorter, saving the client a good deal of money. This is often a strong motivator -- both for relatively wealthy people and for those whose financial situation is less secure.
Some people have a strong desire to do the exercises, but need some support to make that possible. For a person who is not very physically active, doing any kind of exercise daily may feel challenging and unnatural. Establishing a new routine takes a long time. Research has shown that it takes at least a month of doing something every day to create a new habit. I often work together with my clients to develop strategies that will help them take ownership of the exercise process. One client asked me to send her an email reminder every day for a week until she got the hang of it. Another client came up with a unique strategy. He said to his 10-year-old son, "Every time I do these exercises you get 50 cents. If I forget, I don't pay you." His son never forgot to remind him to do the exercises.
Of course, there are some people who will never do their exercises. Don't take it personally. We all have challenges in different areas and can be resistant to doing certain things even though we know they're good for us. For instance, I personally don't like exercising alone or taking vitamins, so I devise strategies to help me. All you can do is be patient and do the best you can to help your clients form healthier habits.
Author note (submitted after this article was published):
I neglected to mention an important fact: In some states, massage therapists are not allowed to teach exercises or stretches to their clients. According to my sources, it is permissible to mention exercises if you do so as a suggestion rather than a prescription. If you would like to offer your clients the option of doing particular exercises that you think might help them, I recommend saying something like "Some people find doing these exercises helpful. You may do them if you wish." Or "Some people recover more quickly when they do exercises like these."
My thanks to the thoughtful reader who brought this issue to my attention.
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