Lead Patients to the Fountain (and Foundation) of Youth
We're all seeking the fountain of youth and marketers are capitalizing on it. (Global demand for anti-aging products, treatments and services was valued at 140.3 billion in 2015, according to Zion Market Research.)
Possession: Blocks to Healing
Before we can approach treatment of a patient's primary elemental imbalance (AKA "Causative Factor" or "CF"), a number of specific energetic blocks must be considered and, if present, removed in order for treatment to be effective. I cannot emphasize this enough.
Working for Someone Else: Know the Rules of the Game
Many of us decide to become acupuncturists because we are healers at heart and want to focus on treating patients, not because we want to own and operate a business. So we work for someone else, which can have great advantages, especially as a new graduate.
Multichannel Access: Software for a Better Customer Experience
It is no secret that today's consumer has high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular with acupuncture practitioners is they allows customers to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
Travel-to-Treat Coverage Finally Becoming a Reality?
Long-awaited legislation poised to hit the president's desk extends liability insurance coverage from one state to another for DCs and other state-licensed health care professionals who care for athletes / athletic teams that cross state lines.
"Don't Crack My Neck": What Do You Do Next?
It's Monday morning and your first new patient of the day, a 35-year-old female, presents with chronic headaches and neck pain. The patient was referred by her primary care provider for evaluation and management without the use of cervical manipulation.
X-Ray: To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question
For the past year, I have been asked by many practicing chiropractors, college presidents, faculty and others what my opinion is on the "Choosing Wisely" guidelines the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently adopted for its members.
Vaccine Injury? The Autism Debate (Part 2)
As suggested in my first article on this topic [August 2018],1 my impression is that the vaccine authoritarians and radicals have not helped to mold a proper social / political environment for addressing the issue of vaccine injury.
The Benefits of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless in your practice are profound. If you haven't done it yet, here's why you should.
The international standardization conference was held this year in Shanghai, China (June) - this was the ninth plenary session. Meetings for technical committees, or working groups also took place at the conference.
It's Time to Reward Yourself
An interesting study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) confirms what we all learned when we were children – and serves as food for thought as to how you can improve your practice and your personal life.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
Food for Thought: An Examination of Diet & Digestion
Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison. — Charaka Samhita
The Science Behind the Efficacy of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow constantly, from topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries.
An Update From the Acupuncture Now Foundation
Since launching the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF), our volunteer leadership has continued to work to achieve our vision of "Creating a World Where the Benefits of Acupuncture are Known and Available to All.
More Access to Chiropractic Instead of Opioids: H.R. 5722
With the opioid epidemic both an ongoing public health crisis and a hot topic extending well beyond the health care industry, Congress continues stepping up to the plate.
Bringing Acupuncture to Ohio
The jolt of seeing a woman conscious and talking during surgery left a lasting impression in 1971 when acupuncture was on the national news.
The Origin of Blood
The Roman doctor, Galen, (2nd century AD) did pivotal work to prove that blood, which he thought was produced by the liver, and the cardio vascular system existed. He conceived that the arteries and veins were two separate networks.
Support Patients With Multi-Channel Customer Service
It's no secret that today's consumers have high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular is that they allow patients to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
Easy, Inexpensive Tools for a Successful Practice (I Promise)
Successful practitioners are the ones who know how to run a business, first and foremost. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006. After having worked in chiropractor's offices for nine years, I opened my own office in 2015: four treatment rooms, a back office and a waiting room.
Chiropractic Management of Patellofemoral Arthralgia
Patient reports with pain in the front part of her right knee, especially during and after her weekly Zumba class. She states there has been no injury of which she is aware. No outward sign of injury is observed.
Your First Impression Always Deserves a Second Chance
Doctor, have you ever had a patient you just couldn't "warm up to"? You know, the kind of patient who "irks" you, who has a hidden agenda to get something you haven't anticipated, perhaps causing you to want to hide in a closet when they come in for treatment.
That's a Wrap: Compression Bands for Contemporary DCs
Over the past decade, compression bands have been increasingly utilized in trainer and manual therapy offices. I was first introduced to the compression band by Kelley Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, and have since been using it as a teaching tool.
Time-Saving Tips for Your Practice & Life
Of all the finite resources we possess, perhaps the most valuable one is time. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything that must be done, and all too often we sacrifice things in our personal life to meet the demands of our practice.
A Historic First for Chiropractic Assistants
The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will begin issuing licenses as early as Nov. 1, 2018 to chiropractic assistants who have undergone a 500-hour training course and passed a competency exam.
UHC Up to Its Old Tricks With Latest Headache Policy
A decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven and ineligible for reimbursement.
Depression & The Secondary Vessels
As an acupuncturist I see many people suffering from depression. I often think depression is the major imbalance of our culture. I have a patient I've been working with for several years. Her major challenge is chronic stubborn depression.
Neck Pain: Activation Exercises
In observing patients and studying rehab, I have learned that tight muscles are weak muscles and that stretching is sometimes less effective than muscular activation. There is a delicate balance between joints that move too little and joints that are hypermobile.
October, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 10
Highlights from the World Massage Festival
By CG Funk, LMT
The World Massage Festival is always full of colorful, engaged attendees, passionate exhibitors and diverse education providers. All of this makes the Festival a valuable event for massage therapists and bodyworkers. And, for me, the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame is always the highlight.
The Massage Therapy Hall of Fame was created by Mike Hinkle. Each year at the World Massage Festival, a ceremony is held to induct the recipients into the Hall of Fame. Since 2006, Mike and his team have been committed to seeking out massage therapists, bodyworkers, authors, teachers and other massage industry representatives that, through their work, have furthered the massage therapy profession. What is unique about the selection process, is many of the inducted Hall of Famers have worked quietly in their cities and states and receiving this incredible recognition is very often the first time they have been in the national spotlight.
The Hall of Fame ceremony is so inspiring. To be present as each inductee is recognized, awarded and speaks about their passion for massage therapy and bodywork is an experience to cherish and touches the heart in so many ways.I have always believed it is important for massage therapists and bodyworkers to know their roots. And for the massage profession, our roots lead us back to the gifted, skillful and compassionate hands, hearts and minds of those who did the work before us.
These leaders, innovators, teachers and creators have given us many of the philosophies, modalities and techniques we have today. The Hall of Famers represent all facets of our profession and come from many walks of life. Some have worked quietly without seeking a grander spotlight. Others burst onto the national scene with brilliance and passion. And, there is one thing they all have in common: a deep, internal, soulful knowledge of what it truly means to connect with another human being simply through the laying on of hands and an unwavering belief in the healing power of touch.
This year, at the 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony, there were twenty-four inductees. From teachers, to marketers, school founders, authors, to modality creators, the wide breadth of knowledge and experience in the group was unquestionable. While this short article doesn't have the space to list all the inductees experience and contributions, here is a brief overview of the new Hall of Famers.
Gertrude Beard (1887-1971) – an army nurse who promoted the use of massage for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Injury.
Mark Beck – involved in the massage profession since 1974, with a history that includes two posts as a school director and authoring books including Visual Guide to Swedish Massage, Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage (now in its 5th edition).
Carol Carpenter-Ayala – founder of the National Holistic Institute and a practicing massage therapist since the early 1970s among all her other wild woman and incredible world adventures.
Bruno Chikly, MD, DO – extensively studied and practiced osteopathic techniques and dozens of other modalities in Europe and the United States. Author of Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy and international teacher.
Patricia Donohue – 45 year career in spa and health clubs and a medical massage expert.
Joe Ferguson – a massage therapist since 1965 and a lifetime of activism including being a part of lobbying the State of New York to adopt massage therapist licensure legislation.
Michael Reed Gach – founder of the Acupressure Institute and author of several books including best seller Acupressure's Potent Points.
Jim Hackett (1950-2014) – 30 years of experience as a massage therapist and teacher, co-founder of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and owner/director of MSTM.
Brenda Mohalapua Ignacio – a KumuLomilomi and Kahu and an Instructor of Hawaiian Healing Arts. She is also the co-founder of Hawaii Healing Arts College in Oahu.
Eeris Kallil – a practicing massage therapist since 1985 and with expertise in many massage styles. She was a teacher of Zen-Shiatsu and Movement at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy for nine years and developed and teaches "Alignment Technique Massage for Breast Cancer."
Karen Kowal – a registered nurse and practicing massage therapist since 1994. She is the developer of Mother Earth Pillows and a continuing education provider.
Stephen Kreger – a massage therapist since 1992 with a working history that includes primary therapist for the Bone and Join Center at St Paul Medical Center, manager and therapist at Genesis Rehabilitation and an owner and operator of a day spa.
Janelle Lakman – a massage therapist with a journey that includes learning Native American traditional methods of healing. She is an instructor for Stone Medicine.
Thomas Liberto – a graduate of the Texas Institute of Reflex Sciences in 1977 and a rich history that includes teaching, presenting and writing within the massage profession.
James Mennell (1880-1957) – served as the medical officer lecturing on massage therapy at the Training School of St Thomas Hospital and published author of Physical Treatment by Movement, Manipulation and Massage.
Ilse Middendorf (1910-2009) – developed "The Experience of Breath," a unique form of breath education. This artistic form of breathing education continues to receive international attention for its effectiveness as a somatic healing process.
Ron Phelan – A remedial based therapist trained in Bowen Technique. He organized an official monument to Tom Bowen and continues to run the "Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund."
Alex Spassoff, BA, LMT – a massage therapist since 1976 and director of the SunCoast Massage Therapy Center. Tom is a founding board member of the International Academy on NeuroMuscular Therapies.
Marty Swager – an accountant by trade with a career in the massage industry spanning 19 years. He has been and continues to be a dedicated advocate for the profession.
Frances Tappan (1915-1999) – an associate dean of the School of Allied Health at the University of Connecticut. Her publications included several books on massage techniques, including Massage Techniques – A Case Method Approach.
Lisa Upledger – vice president of The Upledger Institute. She's a doctor of chiropractic medicine, maintains a successful practice and teaches clinical courses in CranioSacral Therapy.
Brian Utting – massage therapist and founder of the Brian Utting School of Massage, considered one of the best massage schools in the country.
M. Susan Walsh – a practicing certified massage therapist and a continuing education provider of ancient Ayurvedic modalities in the United States.
Beth-ellen Zang – a massage therapist and practioner of heath care for several decades. She has a clinical medical massage practice and has taught massage modalities since 1983.
Congratulations to all Hall of Famers! And, deep thanks to Mike Hinkle for creating this great program. Mike's love and passion shines through in everything he does himself to further the massage therapy profession for us all.
CG Funk is the Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Franchising. Her responsibilities include developing national therapist/esthetician recruiting/retention strategies, developing and testing new service and model offerings and implementing national public relations programs and campaigns. CG has been actively involved in the massage therapy industry since 1992 as a therapist, instructor, curricula and program developer, writer and presenter, corporate trainer and school administrator. She's also a licensed massage therapist in Arizona and California and an advanced cranial sacral therapist.
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