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Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
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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