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The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
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.
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