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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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
Are You Adventurous?
By Perry Isenberg
One of the biggest problems we all face is the uninspired routine. We are always short on time, and we work diligently to meet the challenges of our responsibilities. With all of the stress, we find it difficult to accomplish many things at one time.
I enjoy the road less traveled and have found a way to incorporate one of my pleasures - keeping up with current events and trends - into my job.My desire is to be well-rounded, and I fear becoming a "stick in the mud." One of the ways to meet this need is to read magazines outside of my immediate "world." For example, when I go on a "sit on a beach vacation," I read nearly 30 magazines unrelated to my profession, including fashion, sports, and local interest magazines. I am inspired by reading material not related to my job because it breaks up the thought process, and allows me to see things differently and gain a fresh perspective. It takes my mind off the job and helps my creativity; I see new things and come up with new ideas.
A fresh perspective is what you need to stay creative, inspired and motivated. Stagnation never helps a career! Reading material not related to your field may give you some ideas to enhance your life and career. Developing fresh business ideas sounds easier than it is, however.
Take my situation, for instance: I constantly have to develop new ideas for my business; this can be challenging when you have one product. I turn to ideas I may have previously written down. It makes sense to have a file with ideas, ads and articles.) Writing down ideas that come to you in the spur of the moment helps with the creative process. You would be surprised at what you can come up with: a present for Mom; a new ad campaign; a solution to a problem. Yes, even problem-solving can be creative! Some folks act on their ideas; others, sadly enough, simply ignore them. When was the last time you looked at information outside your industry? Try thinking in the "gray" area once in awhile, as opposed to thinking in black and white.
The gray, breakthrough, creative thinker thrives in situations of unpredictable change. Creative thinking is not restricted to a few gifted individuals, and it does not mean one person is more intelligent than another. It just means one is more open. Creativity can be practiced and acquired. We are all creative to some degree, especially when we are children, but our creativity diminishes as we become programmed and stuck in the "know more about less and less."
Your goal should be to practice acquiring that continual flow of ideas and inspiration. You can do this by exploring new subjects; categories of magazines and books not related to your job; and problem-solving games. Socialize outside of your normal sphere of friends and colleagues; window-shop in variety stores; eat in different restaurants; and vacation to places you thought would not appeal to you. Be curious and daydream. Build on and be open to others' ideas. Be willing to take risks and follow your intuitive hunches. Be more spontaneous and less concerned. You won't be able to help being more creative, inspired and well-rounded by being open to new ideas and people, and you'll be more valuable to yourself, your business and to others.
I'm interested in hearing how you stay creative and inspired. Please e-mail me with your questions and comments.
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay motivated and focused.
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