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The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
Paradoxically, people move into the practice of massage seeking both independence and interpersonal connection. Independence follows from opportunities within massage to run your own business and be paid directly by your clients. Interpersonal connection follows from working to assist clients in improving their own health and quality of life, and in the opportunities for networking with and offering support to colleagues. In running a successful business, such networking and marketing are essential survival skills.10 In the arena of networking and professional collaboration, changing technology is rapidly changing our professional world. This column is itself one of the products of such change.
Information can now flow from person to person faster than maple syrup flows on hot pancakes. Where once we were effectively limited to regularly consulting with a handful of other nearby massage practitioners, today we can reach out and instantaneously access the combined knowledge of others from around the world. A number of international and regional email lists, such as Body_Work, bring professional networking possibilities to our fingertips.2 Practitioners now have immediate access to a much greater pool of clinical experience, and a much wider spectrum of educational and ethical viewpoints, than ever before. Tips on marketing, publications of the Internal Revenue Service, and other small business resources are readily available online. I maintain a short list of some of these resources on the McKinnon Institute Web site.1,7
Technology is changing not only what we do, but who we are. For those growing up in the "net generation," those who have never known a world without extensive and mobile communication technology, the hand-held phone and messaging device has literally become an extension of the hand. Especially in Europe, which has preceded the United States in use of short message service (SMS) technology, the ever-present handheld has become the tool for gesturing in person, and for arranging meeting places and times. Its prevalence has literally changed the dexterity of its wielders' thumbs, now used in tandem for quickly entering messages with minimal motion. 6 For those now entering school, the early experience of multimedia, nonsequential information gathering has changed learning styles and abilities of students to sit comfortably through slow linear presentations, a factor that educators have had to acknowledge in creating courses.3,9
Technology is also rapidly changing the information balance we have with organizations. Traditionally, we received professional information and opinion at periodic conferences and via formally edited printed publications. The backflow of opinion was contained in the much more limited section of letters to the editor. While these downward flows of information are still present, they are now joined by other currents. In the realm of massage governance, state and local agency laws and regulations are increasingly available online. It is relatively easy, albeit a bit time-consuming, to scan agency reports available only in hardcopy and make them available online. Current news reports on massage are a simple search away. Throughout civic life, the advent of Web-based "blogger" pages (derived from the term "Web logger") is stirring up discussion and making resources and opinion available at a fraction of the costs of traditional media. 8 With the rumblings of massage politics shaking through the soils of California, I also have joined my own blogger pages into this modern journalistic phenomenon.4
With many more sources of original information directly available to us, much less has to be accepted on faith. We have more pages to read, and more colleagues to question, than we free minutes in our days. Never before has it been as easy to question and debate until we are confident of our sources. Never before has it been as easy to find our individual voices with which to offer opinions. I urge each of you to use these opportunities to communicate, learn and help shape the world around you.
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