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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
Reinventing the Wheel
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
I had the great opportunity to present at a virtual roundtable with seven women who lead in the industry. It was for the World Massage Conference last June, and the panel consisted of the women who make up the Massage Today Women in Bodywork Business Blog (WIBB).It was a question and answer format, led by a moderator that lasted 90 minutes. It is both a privilege and an honor to be chosen to be part of WIBB and on the panel for this educational event. When I was in school for massage therapy, almost 20 years ago, some of these women were already well-known and had established themselves as icons. Others are newer to the field but have made their imprint and are affecting how we practice today. We determined there was over 100 years of experience between all of us. WOW! That's a lot of know-how.
So it begs the question: who do you learn from? Is there someone who you admire in the industry you can follow and copy? Is there someone you meet with regularly to discuss business ideas? Do you have a resource in a trusted colleague? I hope so but if the answer is no, start looking for someone. It saves time and money to mentor with someone, especially when you are in business for yourself.
Find a Mentor
When I was in massage school, I met a guy who was about a year ahead of me. His name was Andy. We were practically clones of each other and became fast friends. Because he was a year ahead of me, he started his private practice first. Upon graduation and starting my private practice, life got busy and we saw each other less. Six months into my practice, I had a business question and decided to call him. At the time, Andy was also dealing with a business "issue" and said he was about to call me. We chatted and talked "shop" and within minutes, it became clear that we could assist each other in our businesses and decision making.
Part networking, part mentoring, part consulting, part cheerleader, Andy and I started a mentoring relationship that lasted almost 10 years. That first phone call where we shared business advice was so successful that Andy and I started meeting every month for the next 10 years, until he passed on. It was a set appointment in our schedule and barring an emergency, we always made it a priority. Even if we had the opportunity for a paying client, our breakfast meeting was paramount, knowing we would gain so much.
Here's the thing. Many people have walked the road before you. Almost every business issue you can think of has been dealt with by someone ahead of you. So why go it alone? Learn from the masters. Seek out the advice of someone who is ahead of you or someone who you admire or trust. It doesn't necessarily have to be someone ahead of you either. It can be a classmate or even in Andy's case, someone who was behind you in school. The point is to find someone who has good business acumen and is interested in sharing tidbits of experience. That being said, every once in awhile someone comes up with a new and original idea. But for the most part, it's all been done before. You just need to tap into a resource that can share it with you.
Be a Student
So that leads me back to the World Massage Conference. As I was on the call with the roundtable, I found myself acting more like a student than an educator. I was scribbling notes and picking up marketing advice like crazy. It was such an unexpected gift. Some of the ideas I knew but had forgotten about. The resurrection of ideas is always a good thing. Other ideas were brand new to me; a little golden nugget over the phone. I came away with a list of about five things that I can immediately implement into my current massage practice.
Even though the industry of massage is in a growth spurt and seems new age, it has been around for centuries. Massage therapy has been a viable career in the United States for over 20 years. Many people have walked in your shoes and paved the way. Why not use this expertise to your advantage?
Learn from the masters and those who have blazed the trail. If not, at least learn from your colleagues and contemporaries. Don't make the same mistake that someone else has already made. Find someone who inspires you, helps you keep your energy levels high, provides tidbits for success, shares marketing experience and is willing to commit to meet regularly to do it. It can be some of your best spent time. According to recent statistics, there are almost 300,000 massage therapists in America. With all those potential mentors at your disposal, why reinvent the wheel?
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