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Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
May, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 05
Expect the Unexpected
By Perry Isenberg
Do you pride yourself on being organized? Do you account for every minute of your day? Generally, appointments are scheduled every hour. Maybe you even schedule your lunch each day and are proud that you do not waste precious time.Well, just because you account for every minute of your day and think everything is organized, doesn't mean you are making the greatest use of your time. Time management is an entirely separate skill, and it isn't determined by the mere fact that your day is crammed, or that every single minute is scheduled in your day. Actually, time management means precisely the opposite. You need to leave some time available for when the unexpected or "unplanned" happens - and it will, more often than you think.
I believe it's important to be flexible and "pad" some time in your schedule for the unexpected. I find having a daytimer makes me a bit inflexible, especially when the unexpected happens, because I have stop to re-organize everything I've written down. Scrambling around to get everything done isn't an efficient (or enjoyable) way to spend your workday.
It's a reality that occasionally, people don't show up for their scheduled appointments. What do you do with this extra "empty time space"? I have found that if I write a secondary "to-do" list, it helps me use the "new" time effectively. This list should take about 20 minutes to plan, preferably at the beginning of each week. Items on the list should be categorized by importance or priority. These are the tasks you will complete whenever you have that "extra" time originally slated for appointments. This way, you continue to be productive and do not waste time. I also try to limit phone interruptions and other distractions that usually slow me down and put me behind.
When a day is unusually hectic, I may let a few calls go to voicemail. I check the phone calls every few hours. If you get in the habit of returning phone calls within a reasonable amount of time, no one should mind. When things do not go as planned, don't panic, especially if it is something you cannot control. If you can't change it, leave it for later. Worrying about things you cannot control isn't productive. Are there tasks you wish you could do faster? Probably! There are always better and more efficient ways to do those tasks and chores! Challenge yourself - you might be surprised with the results.
Hopefully, you are a great time manager; you will have to be, with all of the appointments you have to keep. However, appointment scheduling needs to be reasonable. You cannot expect to schedule seven appointments (or more) a day and have everything run smoothly; most of the time, it won't. And what about the things you have to do in your personal life? You do have one of those, don't you? If you find you do not have the time to do the things you enjoy, rethink your time management skills.
We all have our own time-management skills that help us get through the day. I have found that these skills are acquired through practice. Some of us may find these skills a little easier to learn than others might, as we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. I believe I have found a way that works for me (most of the time), especially when the unexpected happens. I am always on the lookout for new, clever ways to get the most out of my day.
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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