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Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Are You Ignoring the 10,000-Hour Rule?
Having trained interns and mentored new practitioners, it has been my observation that their No. 1 clinical concern is adjusting skills. Their second clinical concern is their ability to read X-rays. Physical diagnostic skills are a distant third.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
Are You Ready for the 2016 Patient?
In October, Apple released its iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The new system includes Health, a new app that will interface with an ever-growing number of other apps.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
Avoiding "Just a Pop Doc" Syndrome
Yes, it's harsh. Patients don't like to admit it. They have an unspoken plan when they first visit you: to come one time, get rid of their pain and then get rid of you. They know it's unrealistic, but they'd like to pay nothing for this service.
DC App – The Next Generation
According to a survey by technology firm CDW, health care professionals gain approximately 1.2 hours per day in productivity simply by using a tablet computer in practice.
We Get Letters & Email
Is It Time for a Popeye Moment? The Flaw in Recommending Chiropractic as a Career.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
The Death of the Travel Card
As long as I have been in practice, the travel card has stood as the primary style of documentation for chiropractic. It is quick, simple and direct. Unfortunately, the rules have changed.
Solving the Pain Puzzle
Legendary former New York Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." He would have been a great chiropractor. We are trained to become experts with our hands: palpation, adjusting, soft-tissue release, etc.
Step by Step: Long-Term Treatment of Soft-Tissue Injuries Combines Skill and Care
Treating soft-tissue injuries with long-lasting results starts the moment an individual enters the office. When it comes to pain, the only thing that matters to the patient is relief.
Home Safety: Help Families Avoid Common Injury Hazards at Home
These days, many parents childproof their homes before a baby is even mobile. You will see an array of electrical outlet covers, bumpers on the corners of the coffee table and safety latches on the cupboards.
Why Drugs and Supplements Can't Cure Disease
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be cured with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Hypertension is the best example of this.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Announces First Group Member
The Michigan Association of Chiropractors has joined the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress as its first group member.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also referred to as photobiomodulation, has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade.
Treating Acute and Chronic Neck Pain With Ischemic Compression and Exercise
There are many reasons not to manipulate the neck with cavitation: the patient is too old, their neck is too tight, etc. But the most common reason is that plenty of patients are afraid of "the crack," mostly because of the bad publicity about that procedure.
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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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