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A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
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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