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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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 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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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