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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
Is the Customer/Client Always Right?
By Perry Isenberg
I was recently in one of those "upscale" coffee houses and saw a small sign on the wall that read: Our Creed -Rule #1 The Customer Is Always Right. Rule #2 When In Doubt, Refer To Rule #1.
Two thoughts occurred to me, the first being that rule #1 is an accepted concept that is not always true.My second thought was that this company is so insecure that they feel the need to reinforce this policy in writing for us to see. Will the sign make me feel better about buying their coffee? Considering I was already in the store, maybe the sign should be posted in their storefront window or always appear in their print ads and radio commercials. It seems a bit silly to me to post this sign inside the store, once I've already made the decision to enter.
One of the many reasons people start their own business is just that -- to own their own business. You will decide who is right and who is wrong with matters pertaining to your business. This includes how you treat your employees, and the type of relationship you want to have with your clients.
I realize that my last few columns emphasized the importance of client satisfaction. In fact, if you recall, I suggested that anything and everything should be done to keep your clients happy, even if you occasionally have to provide a refund or free service.
I believe this passionately, but an incident I was involved in recently made me think that there is a point when, as owners, we may have occasion to stand firm with a client. There is always a chance we may lose the client, but if the client thinks it through, they may just end up respecting your final decision and continue to do business with you.
As a consumer, I've become accustomed to expecting complete satisfaction, to the point that anytime a business does not respond to my needs, I get threaten that they will lose my future business unless they see the issue my way. You can hardly blame me (or any other consumer) for this perspective, considering that mass chain stores like Home Depot, etc., let us return anything months later (even without the receipt) as long as they can resell the item. This type of customer service is very easy to get used to and accept as the norm. Anything less is not good enough.
I recently went to a Sports Authority store to purchase some running shoes they had advertised on sale. When I find shoes I like on sale, I'll generally purchase two pairs to avoid the agony of shopping again for shoes for a long time.
Spending three minutes in a new pair of running shoes in the store is not always sufficient time to absolutely decide if they are right for me. So on occasion, I have had to return shoes after I've worn them around my home for a day or so. If they are not perfect for my hard-to-fit feet, I am able to take the shoes back to Sports Authority and return them without incident.
Once, they had nothing else for me to try on. In a plaza near my house, I knew of a small Athletes Foot store that carries a small selection of shoes that cater to serious runners, walkers, etc. Those of you who know me know I am not a runner, but I needed shoes and thought this store could help with my needs. They had a very expensive pair of New Balance shoes that fit right, but were twice the cost of what I wanted to spend on running shoes, especially just to wear as everyday shoes. I bought the shoes on a Saturday, wore them around the house on Sunday, and they passed the test. I left for a two-week family vacation that week and left shoes at home.
When I returned from my vacation, a postcard was in my mail from the store announcing a 40% sale on all merchandise. The sale started two days after I purchased my shoes, and ended the day after my return. I figured I was in good shape to go to the store and plead my case that I should get the sale price. It is a small retail store, so the owner was there when I showed up at the store. I expressed my concern that the technicality of two days seemed unfair, and that, considering I purchased two pairs, it would be nice if he would honor the sale price. (Which equated to about a $60 refund for me).
He looked straight in my eyes and said, "Sales have start and end dates, otherwise there is no reason for sales dates."
I replied, " I know, I'm in business as well and I'm aware of policies, but I'm also aware of exceptions to rules depending on the situation."
He stuck to his guns, held his position, and I returned the shoes. He lost a nice sale that ended up losing him money -- handling, paperwork etc -- and I lost time because I needed to go again and shop for new shoes. Was the owner wrong or right? Was I wrong or right? I'm not sure.
Send me an e-mail and let me know what you think. In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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