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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Learning to Create a Need for Your Clients
By Velvete Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI
Last month we discussed just how important it is to be professional when it comes in our industry of massage, and some ways to enhance the practice of massage to become even more valuable to clients.In the world of business, there is a very old saying that goes like this, "Help people see that they need something that they didn't even know they needed." What this means is simply this, create a need.
As I was shopping for my holiday goodies, I noticed that my local grocery store had put together isles of ideas. They put together a display of green beans, dried onions, cream of mushroom soup and even a dish to put it all in. Isn't that genius? They made me want to buy all those ingredients because they invoked a spark in me that reminded me I "needed" a green bean casserole for my holiday dinner. I really didn't need it, but I wanted it after seeing the display.
When clients come to us, we can simply let them tell us what they need and be very limited, or we can let them know the added benefits of a hot paraffin hand and foot dip and add it to their current session. As therapists, it is our job to inform folks of other services we provide that they might need.
There are many clients that receive massage therapy because of arthritis pain. If we have a client that is having pain in their fingers or toes, then additional therapy would not only be good for them, but also good for you because you are now servicing a need they didn't know they had. As we evolve as professionals, we need to arm ourselves with knowledge and awareness. It's our responsibility to always be on the lookout for what the client might need that they didn't even know they needed.
Have you ever noticed your physician bill when you are checking out? Before they started using computers, the form had these little boxes that would indicate a particular diagnoses, then under the main heading it would have a list of subcategories that would go along with the diagnoses. This would allow the physician or nurse to check additional services, tests or revisits to ensure that all the patient's needs had been covered and/or billed.
In our profession, creating a system of what a client might need or want while making it very visible to the client will enhance not only the level of professionalism that we stand for, but it will also increase our bottom line, just like the green bean casserole display! Let's play and put it all together.
The reason I do additional services and then one for conditions, is because some clients will want these services just because they are available. It's genius really. And the more conditions you have that are reasonable on your service menu, the more professional, caring and knowledgeable you will not only appear but will become.
If I have a lot of golfers coming into my clinic or this is a target market for me, I'm going to make sure I have something specific for them on my board. And don't limit yourself with thinking that this means you can only provide additional services in-house. I make sure that my out call clients have the same experience and benefits as if they were walking into my clinic. Of course, I'm probably not going to be providing hot wax sessions, but I can do stones. There have been a number of clients that have benefited from hot stones during an out call. Using a small crock pot and having some medium size stones work perfectly. It's a way for me to upgrade the session or just provide an additional service at no charge.
Each client is a treasure chest full of ideas and new ways to assist and help others. Listen to your clients and what they complain about then solve a need for them. Together we grow and expand. Evolution takes partnerships. We can't evolve alone we need each other in order to grow.
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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