Traditional OR Alternative? Let’s Try AND!

For this month’s blog I was planning to detail how periodic massage could actually offset your medical costs. After all, with so many of us enduring with the bare minimum coverage, I thought that I could put a positive spin on the situation.
But let’s face it, having less than adequate coverage sucks, BIG TIME! Not only that, but everything seems so limited lately. Dr. visits have turned into a battle field where you must be armed with insurance, past records and practically a MD degree (usually via the internet). People love to share their battle stories of how they told their Dr. off, refused a medication or opted for a total different treatment.
Alternative Medicine welcomes the fed up with open arms, enthusiastically even. For those who have been put through the ringer with traditional medicine, it is as if we have been given some power back. In the Alternative world, we have workshops, books, articles, health fairs, free consults and so much more. Providers, information and testimonials are abundant. There are now CHOICES.
For the last 11 years I have been an “Alternative Health Provider,” which by the way is really hard for me to say. I see the utilization of Chiropractic, Massage, Herbs and non-processed foods as the ORIGINAL health care. In the beginning of time we were equipped with our hands and natural resources.
“The first wave of medical sectarianism in nineteenth-century America included Hydropaths, Thomsonians, Eclectics, Physio-Medicalists, Eclectics, and Homeopaths. Despite differences in their medical theories and therapeutic systems, members of these sects agreed that the allo- paths, or so-called regular doctors, were the most dangerous quacks of all. Unorthodox practitioners saw themselves as reformers, healers, revolutionaries, professionals, and members of new philosophical schools, not as members of cults or sects. The true test of any medical system, they argued, should be patient satisfaction, especially in the case of chronic illnesses where allopaths had already failed.”
Imagine that, success based on the patient’s satisfaction?
As a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of a Chiropractic office I often listen to the rundown of everything a patient has tried to get relief. This can be riveting. Emotions of pain, suffering and anger can surface so easily in someone experiencing a chronic condition. But so can distrust, fear and skeptism. I sometimes envision myself as an ambassador for Alternative Health, careful not to put down traditional medicine or over-promise holistic care. I assure patients that there is a place for both, a combo deal, where the word AND can be used.
I believe this attitude is healthy, and by that, I mean for everyone. My husband, the Chiropractor, has taught me so much by being open minded. When we opened our first practice together I wanted him to be definite, a warrior against traditional medicine. I wanted everyone to know that Chiropractic and Massage was the answer. But then my husband suspected MS in a twenty year old, he urged a grandfather to see their medical doctor when he saw signs of cancer, he convinced a parent to go to emergency immediately before their teenager’s gallbladder ruptured. My husband’s understanding that he is only a piece of the puzzle of Health Care makes him an awesome overall provider.
For me, when seeking health care providers, humility goes a long ways. Don’t get me wrong, I like people to be confident in their area of expertise, but I also want them to be aware there may be additional options.

Did She Say Remove My Panties?

[ad#ad-2]A great massage can result in you feeling better both physically and emotionally in about an hour.   What a wonderful outcome in a relatively short amount of time.  But the idea of taking off your clothes and allowing a stranger to rub on you may seem daunting, especially if you have never had a professional massage!

I believe that a well trained, experienced and ethical Massage Therapist partnered with a confident and well informed client make for a wonderful and productive massage session.   Many clients of massage experience such great health and relaxation results they maintain a vigilant massage schedule.

The Mayo Clinic also recognizes the health benefits of massage, emphasizing studies have found improvement in stress relief, managing anxiety and depression, pain, stiffness, blood pressure control, infant growth, sports-related injuries, boosting immunity and cancer treatment.

In the past I have owned a facility with Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT), frequented many spas and eventually became a LMT.  So my opinion comes from an Owner, Client and Practitioner perspective.  I know from experience that massage therapists are like everyone else – some are nasty and dirty, I know what it is like to wonder what undergarments I should have left on as I lie on the massage table and I also know what it is like to smell stinky feet as I rub them!

Please feel free to ask ANYTHING, I will answer sincerely.  Nothing is embarrassing to ask or answer.

Please note that this advice column contains opinion and should be used as a guide and should not be used to replace medical instructions by a physician.

I want your massage experiences to be safe and enjoyable.  After all, if it stresses you out to even get on the massage table, what’s the use!

In Touch 4 Health,

Dianna Ivey, LMT MA#40660

Florida Licensed Massage Therapist