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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
Excuse Me, May I Take This Call?
By Perry Isenberg
A huge portion of the working population really doesn't understand the meaning of "a job well done." A few years ago, I was getting a very relaxing massage (not my current massage therapist) when I heard the phone ring, followed by "Do you mind if I take this call -- I"ll only be a second."
If this ever happened to you and you took the call, do yourself a favor: try to remember the client at the time, and either refund their money or offer them a free session."Yeah, right" you say - after all, it was just a two-second phone call!
I'm serious! As consumers you know full well that you hate paying for things you do not receive. Did the client get a 60-minute, undisturbed session with your full attention? Did you wash your hands after touching the telephone? Why should the service the client pays for be interrupted so you can answer the phone?
There appears to be a current downward slide in the quality level of products and services being offered, and less demands from the consumer.
Everyone knows that the current consumer is more educated, demanding and savvy than in the past. Many factors contribute to this, including a larger-than-ever group of retailers and business people who sought to separate themselves from the pack by doing everything better and more consistently.
This new group of business people has taught us to accept a mistake now and then, but overall to expect more. When you're not satisfied, you should be financially compensated -- a refund. There's a big difference between sufficient, satisfactory and perfect. I say we should only pay for perfect and settle for less as the exception, not the norm.
It seems to me that this higher level of service and quality products is not holding up, and that demanding, savvy consumers are backing down, willing to accept less than perfect. There are many factors accounting for this trend. I believe the primary reason is because the imperfect human cannot consistently deliver perfection. Consumers are tired of looking for perfection, so we are starting to accept satisfactory.
A shortage of time and an abundance of wealth are also a part of the problem -- "I don't have time to shop around, but I have enough money not to worry about value."
The saying, "you get what you pay for," does not have the same meaning it used to. Now, you're still paying premium prices for the "good" stuff, but only getting satisfactory in return.
A friend of mine uses a lawn & garden service to take care of his property. I visited one day and admired his lawn and garden, but asked why he doesn't get the company to blow away all the dead leaves in the garden. His comment was, "the service is supposed to do it, and sometimes they do and sometimes they don't." Of course, I replied, "So I guess you don't pay them for the service call." He looked at me like I was nuts, and responded, "After all, they were here, and they did cut the grass. You can't not pay them because they didn't blow out the leaves."
I hope my point is obvious. My friend's view is to accept 80% of the service and pay 100% for it. This is ridiculous. It undermines the consumer's obligation to set acceptable standards for products and services.
Most of you most likely think I'm being too harsh and overly demanding -- I'm not. I'm also not perfect, nor is our company. We probably make mistakes every day, and when we do, our company finds a way to compensate the customer, to show our regret for the error and our appreciation for their understanding and business.
I don't care how long you've worked with a particular client. Never let your relationship become so informal that you think you can cut corners. You should treat each visit with 100%. Nothing less will do.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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