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The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
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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