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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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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 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?
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Different from the Rest of Us
By Perry Isenberg
We all know managing a business encompasses a number of responsibilities. One of the most important considerations is the hiring and supervising of staff. However, for some businesses, the hiring of employees is not nearly as important as the retention of employees.Certain business services and products are just more personal than others. I don't think you would notice a change in counter help at your local fast-food chain, or a change in cashiers at your local grocery store or gas station. You would, however, be a little taken aback if the therapist you've gone to for years was no longer at the clinic you go to, or if your stylist was no longer at the salon you visit.
Many people oversimplify business. I hear time and time again how common business issues are resolved with cookie-cutter solutions. Although these issues may be common, meaningful solutions are not as common or universally applicable to individual businesses.
For example, some restaurants use "early bird" specials to create an early "push" for the dinner time period. I don't believe this strategy would work well for a massage business. In fact, I believe it could cheapen the position of professional massage. It is important that massage therapists understand the unique attributes of their services (as compared to other businesses) and recognize that certain issues need to be handled accordingly. Not only is your field specialized in many unique ways, but it is also built on relationships with the client.
Additionally, if you are constantly turning over therapists in your practice, you are losing business and wasting time and money to of hire and train new staff. The clients who have come to depend on your practice, and have found a therapist they like, are likely to be upset when they do not have their regular therapist. They probably won't want to come back to your business, and will follow the therapist instead. It will become expensive for if you do not stop this from happening.
In the massage profession, more than almost any other profession, high employee turnover may be the single "kiss of death" to a business trying to grow. Review your current business strategies to ensure turnover is kept to a minimum. How do you persuade an excellent therapist who has his or her own list of clients to work evenings and weekends to work for you? Let's face it, people leave jobs for a variety of reasons, and not all of them are bad. Some leave because of a better offer; some leave because they're in the wrong profession. When you start seeing a high turnover of therapists in your own business, you definitely have a problem. If this is the case, you will need to ask yourself some serious questions
The first question to ask yourself is: What kind of supervisor are you? Do you unknowingly foster an inhospitable environment? In that case, only the toughest of employees will succeed and stay with you. Is that what you want? Do you have meetings on a regular basis in which the employees are free to speak their minds?
Second, have you ever found yourself ignoring an employee when he or she is talking to you? Do you ask your employees how their jobs are going, or if they are comfortable and happy in their work environment? Do you encourage employees to better themselves? Do you reward your employees when they do an exemplary job? And are supportive of their needs, recognize when there is a problem, and try to find a win-win solution for everyone involved?
Don't be a cookie-cutter supervisor with cookie-cutter solutions, or you could be stuck with a lot of crumbs! Reward and value your employees. They make a business grow. The rewards and incentives do not always have to be monetary -- give a gift certificate for lunch somewhere, or an afternoon off. Make it fun, like a contest. This strategy makes goal-setting much more palatable. Also, when you give your employees independence and trust, employees become self-motivated, ready to take the initiative and devote more energy to doing their jobs. In the end, you will have happy employees who just might be in for the long haul!
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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