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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
Landing on the Edge
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
We all have pivotal times in life when we strive toward achievement and then, whatever the result, must regroup and move ahead to the next step. We often can't control the results or even our own exact input. What we can choose is our preparation, focus, and attitude. In the recent Olympics, there were stories in which such choices were compressed into the span of seconds.
Despite competing at the limits of their physical skill, there are times for elite athletes when their mental focus and physical coordination come together in striking fashion. Figure skater Sarah Hughes had started out her long performance in fourth place, seemingly out of the medal competition. Not having to hold onto a medal position, she was able to focus entirely on her performance. "I didn't want to skate for a gold medal," she said. "I went out and had a great time. I said, 'This is the Olympics. I want to do the best.' " What she created was a technically flawless performance that radiated a poise and joy of life that brought her the gold medal.
Norwegian skier Kjetil Andre Aamodt finessed the difficult course set for the men's Super-G, a course on which many of his competitors missed a gate and didn't finish. Whether it was the combination of experience and strength or just the right timing of practice and training, on that crisp bright morning in the Wasatch Mountains, it all came together for him.
These two stories are about entering flow, a term Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi uses to describe a state of focus and ease obtained "when a person's skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable":
Accepting the Risk of Failure
Using duct tape to bind together a broken boot buckle for his final race, snowboarder Chris Klug persevered and won the bronze medal in parallel giant slalom. Glad simply to be alive, liver transplant survivor Klug didn't have time to replace the snapped buckle in the interval between his two runs. At the starting gate, he felt the looseness in the boot, and briefly wondered if he could make it down the hill. "I just said, 'To heck with it,'" Klug said. "If this thing's going to work out, it's going to work out. If not, so be it. I just made the best of it."
Eric Bergoust, the defending Olympic gold medalist in freestyle aerials, engaged the risks to spectacularly win or lose, getting the latter when he was unable to hold the landing of a stunningly aerobatic high-speed jump. "I'm glad I didn't go out there and go conservative and finish fourth," he said. "I wanted to get the gold or last, and I got last." Within any "at the edge" accomplishment, there is both the opportunity for success and the risk of failure. Being unwilling to accept the risk of failure can be the greatest obstacle to success.3
Persevering with Tenacity
Brian Shimer, a five-time Olympian, finally won a bronze medal as the driver of one of tw o U.S. four-man bobsled teams, ending a 46-year medal drought in the event for the U.S. Bothered by creaky knees and calf injuries, Shimer almost didn't get to compete. "I did it on my last run in my last Olympics", said Shimer. This is a fairy-tale ending. Who doesn't like that?"
Croatian Janica Kostelic became a World Cup phenomenon in 1999 when she won two consecutive events. Later that season, she injured her right knee so severely that it was uncertain whether she would ever ski competitively again. In Salt Lake City, she set a record for the most alpine medals (four) ever won during a single Olympics.
Both Shimer and Kostelic succeeded through their tenacity against disappointment and physical obstacles.
Accepting Transitions with Grace
Whether we gain our goals or fall short of them, there is an art to letting go and moving on. All competitors eventually face the challenge of becoming ex-competitors. It can be harder to escape our spectacular successes than to leave behind our disappointments; harder to conceive of something new that seems as satisfying. Yet, deep within us, there is always the ability to find new challenges and to extend our connections and capabilities.
There comes a time, whether in starting a new practice, teaching a class, or just in beginning the next massage, that we must bring together our experience, accept the risks of performance, and tenaciously seek the zone of flow. Every massage has a beginning and an ending. For me, each new massage has that element of standing in the sunlight at the top of a hill, watching the snow sparkle before me. One last centering breath, and it's time to commit to my unconsciously stored practice and experience, landing on my edges as they carve the unknown slope.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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