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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!
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?
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
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.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
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.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
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.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
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.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
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.
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
In the last two years, as September moved into October, the weekend closest to the full moon brought a rush of activity for me.On each of those weekends, a dozen of us joined together, along with about 300 other teams of 12 participants, to run a 199-mile relay through the golden, rolling hills of California, from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. The progress of individual runs, runners, and supporting minivans moving from day into night, then into dawn, and finally finishing in late afternoon, was memorable. However, my strongest impressions come from the teamwork and small kindnesses we provided to each other, even when physically fatigued and desperately short of sleep. It is the thoughts and feelings provoked by this surrounding sense of team support that I want to share as we move into a new year.
The practice and profession of massage are interpersonal on many levels. In working with clients, we optimally become a team, facilitating improvements in their physical well-being. From a larger perspective, we become part of our clients' social context of emotional and life support that each of us optimally creates around us. In return, we have the wonders of connection with others, and a feeling that our life and work makes a discernable human difference. Within the profession, we share webs of connection as colleagues, teachers and co-creators of organizations.
In an article on "partnering with your customer," business writer Tracey Lowrance starts with a time-tested quote that underscores the importance of having a purpose, and a way of accomplishing it.
Lowrance distills this synergy of vision and task down to having a "mutually understood and collectively honored shared purpose and customer candor."3 It is the sense of working toward a common goal, and of being able to mutually share and listen, that reinforces the relationship. In the context of teaching teamwork to children, Bellingham public schools have captured this juxtaposition of goals and interactions in a teamwork skills list that includes listening, questioning, persuading, respecting, helping, sharing, and participating.1 It's interesting to note that "respecting" has both a geometrically central position in the Bellingham list and a central position in my own thoughts of places to start for building teamwork.
M. Scott Peck shares a story of a dying monastery revived by a change in attitude, one that caused the monks to display extraordinary respect to each other and to themselves.5
This attitude of respect, I believe, is one we should cultivate in our own interactions with fellow students, massage practitioners, and anyone who might learn from our knowledge and experience - especially those whose background and goals differ from our own.
As we enter massage school, our attitude and actions should convey respect for the school and our fellow students. In return, we should expect the school to respect our time, effort and money in its actions and attitudes. As we grow to practice and teach, we should renew our attitude of respect for our clients and students, including the expectation that they act to warrant our respect. One of the best teachers I know has both a gentle heart and a crystal-clear projection of her expectations for class behavior. Sometimes, her respect is shown in strongly reminding her students that they must learn and work together to succeed.
As we progress in our practices from novices to journeymen to masters, we necessarily interact with the staff and boards of various massage-related organizations. Again, whether as customers or constituency, we have the right to be insistent in our expectations for respect and service. Too often, the leaders of organizations need our prodding to remind them to foster a service-oriented culture from top to bottom. 4,6 As Tracey Lowrance suggests, teamwork sometimes requires hard candor to reach the mutual rewards beyond.
As I ran uphill on the moonlit road last October, it was ultimately my respect for the support and caring of my teammates that maintained my pace and breathing at a level that left my ribs sore the following day. There were no demands or disappointments in the way each of us ran; only the continuing expectation among us that we each would excel in our own way, and in the way that we supported each other. This is the essence of working together.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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