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Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
September, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 09
Re-Gifting Is a Good Thing
FSMTA Attendees Show Major Generosity
By Angie Patrick
The power of positive energy was never more apparent than at the 2009 Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) Convention held in July at the beautiful Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, Fla.While there, I personally witnessed the caring and gentle nature of the profession as a whole as well as random acts of selflessness and kindness on a more individual basis.
First let me share with you an event I witnessed that truly warmed my heart. During Successful Start, a program to provide new therapists with important tips to begin a successful career (sponsored by Massage Warehouse and Performance Health), prizes were awarded to attendees based on having their ticket number drawn from a hopper. Our stage was full of prizes donated by manufacturers and distributors for the benefit of the newly emerging therapists. Our first prize drawing of the night was for an NRG massage table. The name was called and the winner came forward and graciously accepted her prize. The night wore on, and many more amazing prizes were given out. At the end of the evening, the grand prize drawing for the Massage Warehouse Ultimate Business Starter package was drawn. This package contained much that a therapist needs including a table, massage chair, table cart, and much more. When the ticket number was called, incredibly, it was the same young woman who had won the first drawing of the evening for a table. Needless to say, she was absolutely thrilled! She then did something I felt was truly generous. She asked us to place the original table back in the mix so another person might enjoy it as well. We did, and then drew the ticket of a young gentleman who was elated about winning the table. After accepting, he then returned to the podium and explained he was thankful to have won a new table, but he already had one. He had been sitting next to a young woman who had fallen on some hard times in the recent year, and stated that he would like to give the table to her instead. What a tremendous gift this was for her! And she was completely and wholly thankful for the kindnesses of these two perfect strangers.
What Comes Naturally
In a world where the economy is tenuous at best, and we are all in search of alternate streams of income, these two generous and kind-hearted therapists opted for the road less travelled. Instead of taking their winnings and posting a sign stating, "Massage Table for Sale," keeping the winnings for themselves, they chose to offer kindness and charity for others. Their selflessness was humbling, and it made me proud to be a part of this industry, where having a heart is the rule rather than the exception, and where giving comes naturally.
This was just the beginning however. The giving did not stop there! Massage Warehouse hosted our fundraising project, Sanctuary, raising money and awareness for massage therapy research. At this event, a donation of $10 entitled you to 10 minutes of spa-quality treatments designed for the feet and for the face. We had the tremendous good fortune of having the talented students of Everest, under the leadership of Candy Morris to volunteer their time and hand to provide the treatments. These students were the epitome of professionalism, arriving on time, en masse, and ready to do whatever needed to be done. My arms are not wide enough to hug and thank them all for their selflessness and generosity.
Our corporate event sponsors also gave from their heart to a great cause. Our thanks to Bon Vital, Performance Health, Soothing Touch, TH Stone, Sa-Wan, Unique Skincare, Spot-On Energy Patch, Massage Magazine, and of course Massage Today for their generous donations and support of Sanctuary. Without these sponsors, Sanctuary would not be possible.
Additionally, the response to Sanctuary by the attendees was overwhelming to say the least! Donations were made in excess of the $10 because people believed in the cause. More people donated without requiring treatment because they felt the need to support the future of their industry. Our treatment bays were continually full, and when all the numbers were in, we were proud to present $6,583 to the Touch Research Institute in Miami to further the research of Dr. Tiffany Field on the effects of touch on premature infants.
I would like to personally thank each and every one of the guests who attended Sanctuary, and enjoyed the treatments of their choice. It is comforting to know many believe in the need for greater research, and choose to show their commitment through participation.
We will be back in Orlando once again presenting Sanctuary at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Convention in September. We invite you to come and see what all the excitement is about, and to further engage each of you in the need to raise awareness and funding for research. In September, the event will benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation, and funds raised will be gifted to them. It is my hope you will be able to attend and be a part of something that benefits each and every practitioner in the industry.
The art of giving is certainly alive and well in Florida at the FSMTA convention! And it lives within us all. I urge you to take a few moments, and find a way to give back to your profession, reach out a hand to someone in need, or be the inspiration that affects positive change in those around you. We have the power to turn tides, and it is through our open hearts and healing hands we can make a difference.
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