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The Art of Observation
How many of us spend time just watching our clients walk, climb in and out of cars, rise from a chair or navigate a flight of stairs? Spontaneity is the key. Along with a subtle ability to observe without the client knowing or being made to feel like a lab rat.
The Bottom Line ... From a Surgeon Who Knows
Regardless of individual relationships between providers, there continues to be a type of Hatfield-McCoy feud between the philosophies of medicine and chiropractic, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal ailments.
News in Brief
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Enrolls Second Group Member; Focus on Chiropractic Education at WFC-ACC Conference in Miami; Are You Ready for Another "Have-a-Heart" Campaign?
MUIH Launches Doctoral Degree Programs
Maryland University of Integrative Health recently announce it will now offer doctoral degrees.
Hon Lee: Scholar, Warrior, Spy, Teacher and Healer
It was fun. Growing up in New York's Chinatown was like living in a Chinese village that had been transplanted to a five square block area in southern Manhattan. The thing I liked most about the city, and still do, is it's rich cultural diversity.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Behavior as Symptoms of Energetic Imbalance
Karen and Josh said they wanted me to help them fix their marriage. That is why they were sitting on the couch in front of me, complaining about each other. She was too domineering, he said, overly controlling and bossy.
Yo San University Celebrates, Supports Community Clinic
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine recently celebrated 25 years of teaching excellence and serving its community by awarding actor Pierce Brosnan the Robert Graham Visionary Award and raising money for its popular community clinic.
The Power of Vitamin K
You may have heard rumblings in recent years that vitamin K helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, and is administered intravenously by some integrative medical doctors who combine it with high-dose vitamin C in cancer treatment.
The McGill Approach to the Lower Back (Part 1)
Stuart McGill, PhD, brings a unique combination of tools to the table. He is a scientist who also functions as a clinician. He describes himself as a medical consultant who is referred challenging patients. He is both evidence based and practical.
What TCM Never Had to Deal With
You probably started getting a sense of it when you were in school. The professors would talk about diabetes as "wasting-and-thirsting disease" and you had a thought that you didn't know anyone who was wasting away in any way, shape or form.
Ancient Chinese Medicine Meets Modern Anatomy Dissection
Have you ever thought it would be beneficial to explore under the skin and examine qi deficiencies in every system of the body? Would you like to see traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis patterns as they relate to western biomedical symptoms and conditions?
Eight Ways to Help Manage Your Content
You have just completed your last session for the day, checked your voice mail and emailed a new patient about their appointment, but something it gnawing at you, something you just can't quite put your finger it on.
Giving Chiropractic Some Much-Needed PR
Public relations has not always been the chiropractic profession's strong suit, a shortcoming that has subjected the profession to countless attacks on its legitimacy and seemingly perpetual confusion among the public and the health care world as to the skills and services doctors of chiropractic provide.
Drug War Rages in Wisconsin
Based on its actions over the past 15 years (review the sidebar in the app version of this article), controversy and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association seem to go hand in hand.
"Turn, Turn, Turn"
Many people are credited with saying, "If you remember the '60s, you really weren't there." Given the fact I didn't become a teenager until 1970, I actually do remember the '60s (or at least part of it). And as a child of the '60s, I was, of course, influenced by the music.
Body and Skin Rejuvenation Through Inner Balance, Equals Outer Beauty
First of all, I will draw a line in the sand. You know how there is often a big divide between the methods of Western medicine and holistic or energy medicine?
Cultivating Our National Strength
The time has come to seriously look at the state of this profession and its influence in the U.S. Where are we? What has happened? Where do we go from here?
The Power of Positioning
During the evening, I like to relax while either reading a book or watching television. One of my shows, NCIS, has the main character always drinking coffee. Everyone knows it is a Venti from Starbucks because of its distinctive color and style.
Treating Our Veterans with PTSD
As July 4th, Memorial Day and Veterans Day continue to pass year in and year out, we honor our veterans from past wars with parades, BBQs and a day off from work, but our veterans live daily with the spiritual scars of war.
Alcohol Consumption Strongly Linked to Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Alcohol intake is one of the primary risk factors for many human cancers, and is strongly associated with cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, and notably, the colon and rectum.
February, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 02
Quiet the Fear and Then Open Your Heart
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
I've had the privilege of teaching hundreds of massage therapists about serving frail elders and people in hospice care. I've learned from these therapists that, no matter what, we all have a few things in common.We are compassionate, heart-centered people. We want to make a difference in other's lives. And we have a desire to serve people in nursing homes, hospice or home care. But, even massage therapists who feel drawn to this work, struggle with fears and lack confidence in their ability to successfully reach out to this special population. "I don't feel I know enough." "I don't know the proper techniques." "I've never worked in this kind of health care system so how do I get started?" "I'm afraid of the emotional toll it might take on me." I want to challenge you to admit, then let go, of some of your own fears about working with this special population.
There are two themes of concerns that therapists seem to share. (Did you notice I've substituted the word "fear" with "concern"? Feels better already, doesn't it?) One theme centers on questions about how to market your services and how to create clinical programs in long term care or hospice. The second theme has to do with working with these special clients and how to handle situations that arise in say, the nursing home environment. These concerns going to be the focus here.
Your concerns create obstacles. There are obstacles that affect our confidence but, more importantly, obstacles that become barriers to getting in touch with your ability to be a compassionate and therapeutic presence and fully serve your clients. So, how do you go about identifying your own concerns? Try this brief activity as a start. Get a piece of paper. Now, imagine this scenario. Let's suppose you are just getting started with a new position in a large eldercare facility. You have several new clients with a range of conditions and abilities. Three have dementia. One has had a severe stroke. One has advanced Parkinson's disease. Two are non-verbal and spend most of their time in bed. And two are in the facility short term recovering from hip surgery and will be returning home soon. As you get started with your day, the director of nursing asks you to join a staff meeting to introduce yourself and tell them about your work. Okay, now ask yourself, "Is there anything I feel nervous about? Is there anything I don't know if I'm prepared for? If I imagine such and such happening, do I feel a twinge of anxiety or a tightening in my body?" Quickly jot down whatever comes to mind. These reactions represent your personal concerns.
There are four areas of concern that emerge over and over when I do this exercise in my workshops. I will share the most common ones with you here in hopes that you will feel some relief knowing that you aren't alone. The truth is we all have concerns and it doesn't matter how much experience we have. What follows is each of the four areas of concerns and the top three situations that therapists commonly share.
We all could add our own things to these lists. I want you to hear that just because you have these thoughts, it doesn't mean that something is wrong with you or that you aren't cut out for this work. It means you're normal and willing to take an honest look at yourself. There is a great little book by Susan Jeffers called, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. She tells us to, "accept fear as simply a fact of life rather than a barrier to success. Whenever we take a chance and enter unfamiliar territory or put ourselves into the world in a new way, we experience fear." I like to think of it as finding my edge and then, expanding it.
If you give yourself a break and soften your fears just a little, then you can operate from a heart-centered place rather than being caught up in your thoughts. If we are able to be in the moment rather anticipating what comes next, we are guided in our actions. And if we accept the situation as it is we are able to be fully present to the individual we are serving at the time. After all, at the end of the day, isn't that what it's all about?
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