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Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
January, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 01
It's Not All About You
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
When meeting someone new, the most frequently asked question is "What do you do for a living?" It happens all the time, everywhere you go. Our occupation defines us on so many levels; it has become the all-time introductory question.In the sea of massage therapists, the answers don't vary much. "I am a massage therapist," or "I am a Reiki practitioner," or "I am a licensed body worker." The answers are basically all the same. And truth to tell, most people aren't inspired by those answers.
Often, when I am at a networking group or working with professionals who are introducing themselves, I hear a diatribe of details about them. Ranging from education, certifications, locations or sales numbers, many people feel these details are what can make or break a sale. Nothing is further from the truth. A potential client wants to learn what you can do for them. They want you to be interested in talking about them and their issues, not you and your practice. The acronym WIIFM stands for "What's In It For Me?" and should be the mantra of all introductions.
Imagine you have a toothache and go to the dentist. The dentist welcomes you, sits you in the chair, straps the bib on and starts to sell you of her certifications, licenses and latest procedures. Only after she finishes talking about herself does she address your tooth. Sounds crazy? Yet, that's what most massage therapists do when they meet a potential client.
Don't despair. You were probably trained to introduce yourself this way. You may have been encouraged in school to develop a sound bite or elevator speech for meeting new people. I have personally taught my undergraduate students to prepare a speech for meeting new people. This comes from being new in the field and needing to gain confidence and establish your credibility. Even if you came to massage therapy from another profession, you were green when you graduated and needed to practice introductions by listing your experience, modalities and schooling. However, now that you are a graduate and attempting to build a thriving practice, change it up. Your credibility will be established from the questions you ask, not from your verbal resume.
People love talking about themselves. Even more, people like talking about their problems. As massage therapists, I am sure you know way too much about complete stranger's frozen shoulders, arthritis and low back pain. Call it an occupational hazard; it comes with the territory. But if you meet someone who may be a potential client, try this. Introduce yourself, state what you do and start asking questions. Get them talking. Find out about them and from that, glean how and if massage therapy can help. If you can answer WIIFM, you are on the right track. Save explaining why you're the right massage therapist for the job until you've really identified their specific wants or needs. If they have questions about your background or expertise, they'll ask. Keep the focus on the person you are speaking with and you'll increase the likelihood that if you have the right skills, you'll be the massage therapist they choose.
For many massage therapists, it is hard to meet new people. It is even harder to try to sell yourself and your skills. But if you can forget that is what you are trying to do, have an honest conversation with someone and keep the focus on them, you've got a good chance at gaining a new client. Remember, it's not all about you.
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