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The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Promoting the Pharma Team to the Majors: Research Bias and Deception
Baseball aficionados will instantly recognize the meaning of this headline: Big Pharma is indeed big – Major League stuff, having vaulted into a position of dominance that may keep at least some clinical researchers up at night.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
How DCs Could Lose the Back, Neck and Musculoskeletal Pain Market
Now for my biggest concern of all: chiropractors losing their dominance in the musculoskeletal pain market. How? Simple!
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
The Tall- to Half-Kneeling Assessment
The brilliant dancer Martha Graham once said, "Movement never lies." And oh, how right she was in making that profound statement.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Chiropractic Research in Review
Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Don’t Overlook the Impact of Forward Head Posture; ANS Responses to Upper and Lower Cervical SMT; Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain With Hip Dysplasia; Trigger-Point Dry Needling: An Effective Addition to Your Shoulder Pain Protocol?
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Why a Primal Approach to Health Is Perfect for Doctors of Chiropractic
Consumers are tired of traditional, same-old, conventional wisdom regarding fitness and health. They know it is not working.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
News in Brief
For the seventh year, the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) funded the research awards presented at the annual Association of Chiropractic Colleges – Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC).
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Coding for Strains and Sprains in ICD-10
I was confused when reviewing the strain-sprain coding in ICD-10 – what is the proper use of the A, D and S extensions? Do I use the A extension for the first visit, and the D extension for the second and subsequent visits?
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Time for a Little Soul Searching
As the publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic, I am blessed to be able to talk to and hear directly from chiropractors across the country on various issues.
The Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Is Dead
On April 14, 2015, the Senate passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 – legislation that, once and for all, eliminates the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and the annual threat of 20 percent-plus cuts in our Medicare fees.
Oregon Preserves Section 2706
Dr. Vern Saboe, lobbyist for the Oregon Chiropractic Association, reports that the Oregon state Senate has unanimously passed House Bill 2468, legislation that inserts the federal provider non-discrimination Section 2706(a) from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") into Oregon law.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Weighing in on H.R. 2 Provisions
The American Chiropractic Association and Congress of Chiropractic State Associations were quick to offer comment once President Obama put his signature on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (see our top story in this edition).
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
Paperwork Success for Your Practice
By Amber Grady
Does your financial paperwork flow smoothly through well-defined channels, or do receipts and bills flutter around in a state of acute disorganization, with bouts of congestion or blockage?
A healthy filing system for your paperwork will contribute to the health and well-being of your practice.A good system will increase the control you hold over your business, finances and environment, and it will add to your peace of mind.
Feng shui experts teach that clutter-free living reduces stress and helps bring money through the door. A well-designed system also prevents the frustration and wasted time you experience when you can't find things.
The following techniques can help bring new vitality and life to those stuffy, cramped areas of your practice:
Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a famous American statistician, reports that 94 percent of failure is not due to people's unwillingness to work, but the lack of an effective system for the job. Developing a filing system that works for you will increase your effectiveness and your success!
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