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Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
March, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 03
Massage the Chiropractic Connection
Practice Building for Mutual Benefit
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Marketing your skills, as a massage therapist, to chiropractors can be beneficial to both parties. Massage therapists approach chiropractors frequently for full or part-time employment.So how do you set yourself apart? What unique skills do you, as a massage therapist, bring to the practice?
Since the mid-1990s, I have been presenting at chiropractic conventions. Often the topic involves integrating massage therapists into chiropractic clinics. This article will discuss various ways massage therapists can market themselves as a beneficial resource in a chiropractic office. Use the examples in this article as a guide to customize a working relationship with a chiropractor in your area.
Clarifying your targets and outcomes at the beginning of every project is imperative. For tips on designing empowering questions to help clarify your goals and determine the actions you need to take to get there, read "The Power of the List" (MT, January 2008) and "The SMARTER Approach to Achieving Goals" (MT, February 2010). Achieving your goals is easier than you think when you implement a few straightforward time-proven strategies.
Chiropractors offer you a unique way to learn while you earn. Typically, they have more extensive training in the human body and how to run a business. Look for locations that have good signage (visible to large numbers of people) and where they treat a large amount of patients that could benefit from massage therapy.
Ask yourself: Are you really in a position to make a legal obligation like signing a multi-year lease on a commercial office space? Could you fulfill the financial commitments of security deposits, insurance, rent, utilities, office equipment, furniture, and signage before you even open the doors to treat the first client?
Working with a chiropractor can remove many of the obstacles massage therapists encounter when trying to start or maintain a practice totally on their own.
A chiropractic clinic is a unique environment that allows you to learn, under a doctor's supervision, while treating individuals suffering with a variety of conditions. Another reason for working with a chiropractor is the security of a regular working schedule and paycheck. Each of us is faced with different circumstances and working with a chiropractor may be perfect for this stage of your life and career.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines if you are an employee versus an independent contractor. You should talk to your accountant for the specific details. Be sure to follow all the laws and codes of all governing authorities. Depending on your employment status, benefits may include health insurance, an annual amount toward continuing education and/or paid holidays.
Each chiropractor will have their own way of running their practice and integrating a massage therapist. The role you play in the practice will change over time based on your knowledge, experience, communication skills and the doctor's comfort level with your abilities.
Massage therapists can offer much more than hands-on therapy to the practice. They can play an important role in maintaining long-term patient loyalty with existing patients, as well as attracting new patients to any chiropractic clinic.
Gift certificates for holidays and special events are another way for the public to be introduced to the services at the clinic. So what else can a massage therapist bring to the practice?
A free postural analysis that includes digital photos and a consultation, could be offered to new and existing patients. The offer should be limited in duration or connected to specific treatment packages. This is similar to a chiropractor offering a special with free X-rays and spinal exam.
The massage therapist could perform the entire service start to finish. (Read "Practice Building: Getting Inside Your Patient's Head" MT, January 2011.) Initially, the doctor might want to play an active role, teaching the therapist to deliver the postural analysis findings to the patient in a specific manner.
In this case, the therapist will position the patient in front of a postural analysis grid chart and take digital photos from different views with a camera built into a device like a smartphone with a large screen or any digital camera. Then, the doctor will deliver the report of findings, zoom in on the photos to show a forward head posture or high shoulder for example, set goals and lay out a treatment plan that includes massage therapy when appropriate.
Massage therapists also play a support role by further educating and reinforcing the information presented by the doctor. They have the time with patients during therapy sessions to explain how muscles position bones in space, effect posture, range-of-motion, and the role trigger points (TrPs) play in causing pain.
The same model used during the postural analysis findings can be implemented with TrPs. The doctor can tap the skills of the massage therapist to provide patient education about TrPs. For specific pain conditions (temporal headaches or lumbar pain) either the doctor or the massage therapist can show the patient each trigger point pattern related to the specific pain zone. (Read "Headaches: Trigger Points and Practice Building" MT, August 2010.)
It is suggested you also connect the muscle to the postural analysis findings and its relationship to a vertebral subluxation. Present a clear and logical explanation of the treatment strategy with well-organized trigger point charts that display the muscles by compartment, superficial to deep. Laminated trigger point wall and flip charts allow you to use a wet erase marker to circle specific images and customize the treatment plan.
Under a chiropractor's supervision a massage therapist may be able to help with resistance training, exercise balls, reviewing self-care techniques and other activities.
The combined sales of all services and products in the clinic contribute to its ultimate success. Product sales are another way a massage therapist can help the clinic. The reality is many patients are buying other products at large outlet stores. A therapy session is a perfect opportunity to introduce patients to topical analgesics, and hot and cold packs. Providing patients with a little education on how a topical works, a complementary application and a few sample packets to use between therapy sessions can create a long-term buyer.
Over time, the sales of these items add up. Facilitate purchases by placing a display case featuring the different application types in each treatment room, reception and checkout counters.
Your massage career will evolve over the years and working for a chiropractor may be part of that journey. Determine your goals and the actions you need to take to achieve them. Set yourself apart, from the other therapists seeking employment, by showing the unique skills you bring to the chiropractic practice.
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