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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
February, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 02
Communicating the Importance of Frequent Sessions
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question: How do you get a person to come two or three times a week to work on an injury? It's often tough to get a client to come once a week.
Answer: I am often asked this question by practitioners who are new to orthopedic massage. Working on people who have pain and injury problems is quite different from performing relaxation massage. Relaxation massage therapy might be effective if the client comes once a week, twice a month, or even once a month -- depending on the degree of stress the person's body is under.
In order for orthopedic massage to be effective, the client usually must come a minimum of twice a week, and sometimes more frequently. However, the sessions often can be shorter in duration; they are frequently just 30 minutes long.
If you take the time to set the context of your work, getting someone to come two or three times per week is not that difficult. What do I mean by setting the context of your work? Most therapists are anxious to get the client on the table and start working on them right away. When dealing with a pain problem, that's not the best way to begin.
Before doing any hands-on work, it's important to establish the therapeutic relationship -- take a slow and thorough history, do an assessment with whatever testing methods you use, talk to the client about the type of treatment you suggest and give the person plenty of time to ask you questions. This is all I do in the first session. At that point, I tell the client I want them to think seriously about whether or not they want the treatment. I tell them that it's a big commitment. I also explain that I don't take on any client unless I believe I have a good chance of being able to help them. Then I outline how I expect the treatment to progress.
For example, I might recommend the client come for one-hour sessions twice a week for six to eight weeks. Once they start to show improvement, I'd cut the sessions down to 45 minutes. As they continue to show improvement, I'd see them once a week for a while, and then once every other week. Meanwhile, I would be teaching the client exercises to do on a daily basis, and in certain cases, I might suggest they see a nutritionist for some dietary counseling.
After providing all of this information, I ask the client to think about their decision for a few days and then give me a call. Only if the person has absolutely decided to get treatment and insists on making an appointment right away, do I go ahead and give them an appointment at the end of the initial assessment session. Proceeding in this way helps to ensure that before clients begin treatment, they fully understand and agree to the time commitment that is necessary to enable their injury to heal. If an individual has a financial constraint, I will, in certain cases, take the person on for a nominal fee. If my life doesn't permit me to do that at the moment, I will refer them to someone else trained in orthopedic massage.
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