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The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
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!
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
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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