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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."
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.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
The Future of the Profession and the Evolution of Massage
By Velvete Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI
As with any career growth, is inevitable to maintain success, massage therapy included. Just as the medical profession continues its growth with research and new technology, massage therapy strives to do the same, or at least it should.At best, many therapists will continue to read articles about stone massage, trigger point therapy or aromatherapy to help inspire them to continue in their practice rather than striving to "add" to massage therapy in a brand new way.
By taking a look at and emulating professions around us, we can better understand how they have evolved and what it will take for massage therapy to evolve to that next level as well. Oh, I know I hear it all the time that massage therapy is as good as it gets. Even though this may be true on some levels, it's not true on all levels.
Each year, we have thousands of students graduating massage school, but leaving very few to make it past the 7 year mark. If massage is as good as it gets, then why are we only practicing for 7 years and then leaving the field? It doesn't have to be this way.
Massage therapy has so much to offer clients if we are willing to take the time that it so well deserves. Many times, we are the first introduction to wellness and stress reduction, and many times while clients are in our office it's the only time they'll even think about taking care of "them." This is one way we can evolve massage to that next level of professionalism and realism.
We will never evolve as long as we think we are better than another profession or that we feel our clients should avoid other healthcare providers. In order to evolve, we must be willing to blend the two worlds of holistic and medical together with harmony and grace in order to continue growth, awareness, safety and most of all enlightenment. Enlightenment simply means we have come into the knowing of something. Enlightenment can only occur if we are willing to open ourselves to the world around us showing us how to become better people, better therapists and better at understanding unity.
In my practice, I call myself a "hybrid," a hybrid of blended services and information to better meet the individual needs of each and every client. Each client is an individual and to enhance their experience, we must be willing to make those little adjustments in each session that is unique to them. Just because one technique worked for one client, doesn't mean it will have the same affect on another. The same is true about the information we share.
In the beginning of any new practice, we all have new clients coming in and we begin our educational material on "the importance of drinking more water after a session." And then we continue to educate them further on bath salts, aromatherapy, etc. But then, one day, we wake up and we realize we've been doing this for 7 years and we're bored. We're tired of handing out the water sheets, or worse, we have no new clients to hand these sheets out to. However, this is where it gets really interesting!
If I'm going to be a gallbladder specialist, of course I'm going to want to know everything I can about the gallbladder. Now, if I only take the information at hand and not think about it, and I just apply the information into my practice, I might do pretty well for myself. But what if I took that information, applied it to some other knowledge, and then what if I developed a combination of holistic approaches and medical approaches and came up with a hot new way to clear the gallbladder of gall stones without surgery? It's physicians like this that have allowed the medical world to scratch its head to say, "We need to do something different." And different is what we are getting with what is being coined as "functional medicine." The medical community is evolving.
If the medical community is evolving, we will be left behind if we don't open our eyes and see what is happening outside our little dark rooms. It's by asking that we grow. As I stated earlier, many times we are the first introduction in self care and self appreciation. Many times, we are the first source of holistic/medical treatment folks will seek because someone else shared a success story with them. That being said, can you imagine how important it is to know something about supplementation, stretching, other physicians in the area, and most important other holistic healthcare providers that can meet the client's needs that might be outside of your scope of practice? You would become a lifesaver to many!
So, what am I talking about here when it comes to the "Evolution of Massage?" Well, here are some great starters:
Dr. Velvete H. Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI, is a published author, inventor, licensed massage therapist and wellness coach. With more than 35 years in corporate American, and in the medical and holistic field of health and wellness, Dr. Womack strives to provide individuals tools that will aid in balance and stress reduction. For more information, visit www.massagebyvelvete.com.
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