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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
February, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 02
Let My People Go...To See You as Often as They Like
By Cary Bayer
"How often should I see you?" It's a question that just about every licensed massage therapist is typically asked by new clients or prospective clients with regard to the ideal frequency for treatments.It's a terrific question for any massage therapist to be asked for a number of reasons, the least of which is that it generally means that the person doing the asking will soon be receiving the benefit of your healing hands, and they be revitalizing their achy body and tired mind.
Unfortunately, I have seen far too many therapists answer this important question in ways that sound something along the lines of:
I'll comment on each of these answers and then offer an alternative that provides a win/win/win scenario. Why three wins? Because getting massaged more often benefits the client in obvious health-giving and emotional ways, it benefits the therapists in obvious financial ways, and it benefits all those around the client in a variety of subtle ways.
Whenever You Think Best
One of the things that, in my position as a business coach for massage therapists, I tell my clients who are licensed massage therapists is that if the person who's asking you the questions about frequency of treatments happens to be new to massage and you're the professional, why in the world would you ever possibly think about passing the decision off to them? After all, they are asking you in the first place.
Suppose you asked a dentist whom you were considering seeing for treatment how often they recommend that you should see them. Would you expect a highly-trained health care professional like a DDS to say something along the lines of "Well, whenever you think best?' Or better yet, "Just ask your teeth; they'll know." I'm well aware that you probably have four wisdom teeth in your mouth — but, take it from me, they're much better at chewing food than at chewing over health maintenance schedules.
Once A Month Is Usually A Good Frequency
After doing an informal poll, I discovered that people who get massaged regularly rank the experience as among the top ten pleasures in their lives. So, why would you ask them to wait so long to have this feeling of well-being? Bob Hope, the great entertainer who lived more than a hundred years, used to get a massage once a day. While your prospective client most likely doesn't have the comic star's many millions, a frequency of once a week is a pretty nice one for you to recommend. If they can't afford to pay for a massage each week, let that be their decision, not yours. If they say their are too busy to come in to see you once a week, let that also be their decision, not yours. Don't make financial decisions for your clients and prospects, and don't make scheduling decisions for them either.
An Alternative Response
I like to tell my massage therapist clients the following, which I think is a perfect response to the question that their clients ask, "How often should I see you?" The simple response is as follows, "When I ask my clients how they feel right after a massage ends, they almost always reply by saying, 'great or terrific.' So I ask you, 'How often would you like to feel terrific?'"
What I like most about this answer is that it isn't a lecture. Your client is lectured to by bosses, parents and spouses, on a sometimes daily basis, so the last thing they need is to be lectured to by you, their prospective massage therapist, as well. (Lecturer is also a terrible role for you to play with your client, in this context or in any, because lecturers drone on and on with words and you have the ability to bring your client to a wordless state of silence for an hour. Don't confuse them with such a dichotomy. Far too many people in their life at home and at work bombard them with spoken words, to say nothing of the hundreds of others who bombard them with words in emails.)
What I also love about the answer is that it lets them decide — but only after you've provided an enlightened context within which they can think about it; namely, the state of feeling terrific. There are very few people in their personal or professional lives with whom they come into contact who give them the opportunity to feel terrific — and who do so consistently. That's a rare gift and blessing that you enjoy. Don't short-change them by turning into someone who bores them with words.
Never forget that your massage table is like an oasis for your clients, a calm place in the storm of their lives. You're the lighthouse in a dark and stress-filled world. Never underestimate your importance to their bodies and psyches. You make a difference in their lives and, as a result, in the lives of everyone they touch. If they take a long time between treatments, they carry extra stress and tension around with them for a longer period of time than is necessary, and may wind up taking it out on the people in their lives. Too often, it's those who they love the most who receive their worst. On the other hand, if the frequency with which they see you is, say weekly, you give them the chance to share more of a stress-free, harmonious vibration with their friends, family and co-workers. It also means that you're giving them the chance to share more love with those who they love the most. And that's a huge blessing for you, for them and for their loved ones.
As Moses said to Pharoah repeatedly, "Let my people go." I'm no leader of the Hebrew people, but I'd like to adapt this edict from this great Biblical prophet by saying to you repeatedly, "Let your clients go to see you — as frequently as possible."
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