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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
May, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 05
Transform Your Mind, Then Market Your Business
By Cary Bayer
A business coach for massage therapists, my work is a lot like an LMT's–we both relieve headaches, stress and strain. Perhaps because my name is Bayer--the name of a pain reliever that works wonders–some massage therapist coaching clients sometimes wish that my coaching solves all their business problems.Coaching plus a therapist's efforts, can. But coaching alone isn't a wonder drug that you pop into your mouth and you suddenly have more clients than you can handle. Don't get me wrong...usually, when an LMT makes attitudinal shifts that coaching brings about, business suddenly picks up. But ongoing success usually requires combining attitudinal shifts with marketing changes. As the saying goes, "Only a new seed yields a new crop."
As a massage therapist, you see firsthand that massage often provides immediate comfort from the pains and strains that clients' bodies are heir to. But weekend warrior clients who abuse their bodies, for example, often need to augment the temporary relief that massage brings with certain actions on their part. This might include stretching before and after strenuous workouts and daily supplements like glucosamine. The best results in many areas of life aren't an A or B solution, but an A and B. As educator Horace Mann said, "It is well to think well. It is divine to act well."
An illustration will clarify my point. In one of the most well-known studies ever conducted on creative visualization in sports, two Russian scientists analyzed the training regimens of four groups of Olympians. The first group's schedule was entirely physical. Group two broke its workout into 75 percent physical and 25 percent mental components. The third group balanced its schedule with half mental and half physical efforts. The last collection of athletes worked out physically only 25 percent of the time, while devoting a whopping 75 percent to mental activity.
Which group do you think experienced the best results? Interestingly–perhaps, some might say, shockingly–it was the one with the greatest amount of time devoted to inner work. Robert Scaglione and William Cummins, writing about their study in their book, Karate of Okinawa: Building Warrior Spirit, wrote, "The Soviets had discovered that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses."
A different study was conducted by Dr. Judd Blaslotto, at the University of Chicago, to determine if visualization could help basketball players improve their foul shooting abilities. The scientist assembled three groups: the first practiced free throws daily for an hour; the second simply visualized making free throws, without taking any extra practice; the last did nothing different.
Not surprisingly, the control group that made no changes, had no increase in accuracy. The foul shooters improved by 24 percent, while the visualizing group, which never even touched a ball, had an improvement of 23 percent. Imagine what might occur if players added additional shooting and visualization.
As the trailer to the film K19 said, "Some men pray for miracles. Other men fight for them." Quite a few LMTs hope that the Universe will bring them clients, putting Cosmic Intelligence in the role of their sole new business source. A Muslim proverb refutes such a strategy when it says, "Trust in Allah, but tie your camel." The wisdom of tying your camel is age-old, gleaned by St. Augustine, a Catholic saint in the Dark Ages, when he wrote, "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." The insight was echoed by Oliver Cromwell, the great English military and political leader, 1,200 years later, when he wrote, "Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry." In the critical 48th verse of the second chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita, the handbook of Yoga, the teacher says, "Established in Being (that great steady evenness of mind), perform action." In other words, spend a few minutes a day getting your mind right, then go into the world in a powerful way.
By the way, if it makes you feel better, you should know that massage therapists aren't alone in hoping that business will grow through osmosis, hypnosis, or magic. Of the thousands of LMTs whom I've come into contact with, the majority would rather focus on the practice of their art than on the marketing of their business. I have seen this in artists, in new age professional alternative healers, and in amateur believers in the Law of Attraction, as depicted in The Secret--the best-selling book and video–which states that you'll get whatever you want if you just affirm and visualize enough. I've also seen this in the highly religious who pray that Providence will provide them with everything they need regardless of any effort they don't put out on their behalf.
My favorite joke on this point concerns one Morris Greenberg, who sits in his synagogue on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Amidst all the solemn prayers for atonement and forgiveness going up around him, he fervently admonishes God to arrange for him to win his state's $40-million Powerball lottery. Just then, thunder roars through the heavens and, in a booming voice, God bellows, "Greenberg...meet me half way: Buy a lottery ticket!"
Imagine what might occur for the LMT, who buys a lottery ticket–that is, who works her mind and her mouth, keeping not just her sheets, but also her powder dry. That means, transforming from within, while undertaking an expanded marketing program. Here's a massage marketing tip: let your inner work include affirmations, visualizations, success consciousness building, and enthusiasm training, among other components. Here's another massage marketing tip for you: let the marketing campaign include a networking effort, package pricing programs, promotional discounting for first-time clients, client referral programs, an advertising campaign, and a public relations program, among other methodologies.
As for wonders, no greater an American than the Father of our country, the great George Washington, who, when being tested as general on the battlefield in an eight-year so-called "can't win" war against Europe's greatest military power, wrote, "Perseverance and spirit could work wonders."
The massage therapist clients of mine who do both inner and outer work see noticeable wonders. At the risk of sounding immodest, these people tell me that Bayer also works wonders.
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