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Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
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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