Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Marketing Deep Tissue vs. Spa Massage
Recently, while I was staying with my wife at a resort hotel, which happened to have a beautiful spa on the premises, I purchased a vacation package that included, among other things, a Swedish massage for each of us. My wife and I typically get a massage at least twice a month, and have for many years. Personally, I hadn't experienced a Swedish session since the last time I ate a Swedish meatball, which was many moons ago. More for professional purposes as a marketing coach for massage therapists than for my body's own rejuvenation, I decided to sign up for that particular treatment, instead of upgrading for $10 more for deep tissue. I figured since it's been such a long time since I've experienced a Swedish session, let me see what some of my deep tissue-oriented massage therapist clients of mine were competing against.
How Sweetish it Wasn't
The best way that I can think of depicting the 50-minute massage I received — which, by the way, was only 45 minutes on the table — was the rubbing on of oil. To say that the therapist's touch was light would be a bit of an insult to the word light. Now, to be fair, she did apply some pressure on the two areas that I told her were hurting when she asked what was going on in my body. But the word "some" is the way I'd characterize the pressure that she used. Light is probably a better way of characterizing her touch on the troubled areas; remember the rest of her massage was light lite. If Miller Lite beer used to be promoted with the campaign theme, "Everything you always wanted in a beer and less," her touch would best be described as, "nothing you always wanted in a massage and less."
If you go into a conscious eating establishment, you may very well encounter the expression "gluten-free," to explain, for example, how the bread was baked. I'm very familiar with gluten-free bread; I hadn't been familiar before with "glute-free" massage. That's how I'd have to depict the therapist's manner of treating my gluteus muscles. Well, free isn't exactly fair; she did spend almost one minute on each glute — over the sheets.
Knowing what I do about massage, having received many hundreds of massages during the course of my lifetime, I would never describe the three quarters of an hour that I spent on her table as anything like therapy. I'd have to call it relaxation, at best. (Although, I have to admit that the frustration I felt with her virtually no-pressure touch was anything but relaxing. But I laughed to myself when I realized that I did, after all, sign up for Swedish massage, so there it was, Swedish lite.)
Now, if you're a massage therapist who specializes in doing do deep tissue work, and there are a lot of therapists in your area who do principally relaxation massage, or if there are spas in your market that are popular, marketing yourself as a massage therapist who does massage therapy, as compared to relaxation massage, can be very strategic and an effective way to build your business. You might even tell people that Swedish massage is like deep tissue massage the way a fruit punch at a heavily chaperoned high school prom dance is like heavily spiked rum punch at a Caribbean local bar.
Swedish vs. Deep Tissue
The first thing I'd recommend in your advertising communication is to show the superiority of deep tissue massage versus relaxation massage. You could say that relaxation is a by-product of massage therapy; it needn't be the goal. (This is not to say that there's no value in giving or receiving a relaxation massage. In our highly stressed and tense world, where people spend 10 hours a week or more commuting to work in crowded trains, buses, and highways, relaxation is a highly valuable asset.) Even if a considerable amount of pain is felt in a deep tissue treatment, there's still some relaxation that results by the time the session is complete. It's expected that a client will leave a massage therapist's table relaxed and more free of pain. To be perfectly honest, I felt more relaxed waiting for 15 minutes in the waiting room next to a delightful flowing fountain than I did during, or after, the session I took at the spa.
A headline that you could use to compare your deep tissue treatments to the fluff and buff of some competitors, who specialize in relaxation massage, or spas, which do a great deal of Swedish sessions, could say the following:
MASSAGE IS THERAPY, NOT JUST RELAXATION. Body copy in the ad could then go on to cite research on massage that shows in a scientific manner just how much physical healing actually occurs with therapeutic massage.
Another headline could speak to the shortness of spa treatments. It could say: MY MASSAGES ARE AN HOUR, NOT JUST 50 MINUTES. Body copy might also indicate that your hour-long sessions often spill over an hour, while spa treatments often are just 45 minutes on the table.
You could also conclude either ad with a touch of humor: You could show a picture of the CBS-TV news program, 60 Minutes, and have a caption that says, When a show is called 60 Minutes, it goes for 60 minutes, not 50 minutes. Or you could say: Deep tissue vs. Swedish is more like therapy vs. "sweetish." Sweet is nice, but then so is candy. But you wouldn't use candy to heal your body — maybe to heal a broken heart, but not to heal tense and tired muscles.