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News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
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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