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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
What Did You Say?
By Perry Isenberg
Have you ever been in a conversation and felt your message didn't get across the way you wanted it to? Did it come across the wrong way? If so, you may want to see if you are sending mixed signals.
The ability to communicate can be one of the most difficult skills to acquire.The ability to communicate touches every aspect of our lives and is something we most often take for granted. There are thousands of books, tapes and educators that focus on communication skills, yet few of us take the skill seriously. (I admit I am not very good at communicating, but I am working on it!)
This article, compiled from various articles I have read on the topic, will offer suggestions on improving communication. I hope you find this information useful.
Communication experts say that words in a conversation account for only a small percentage of how people perceive you; the rest is what you don't say, including facial expressions, body language and tone of voice. Many people think that if they know what to say, they have achieved the hard part. However, in reality, knowing what to leave out delivers a clear message, supported by appropriate body language. Clear communication involves conveying your message in "short and sweet" language to avoid overload. Skilled communicators get to the point quickly by presenting " just the facts," without the fluff.
Perception is everything; what one person says may not be what another person hears. Personal beliefs may cloud what we hear and how we communicate. Being a good listener and communicator takes practice. Communication is an exchange and can become difficult if we are not skilled, or let ourselves get caught up in emotions and judgments. Some people may think they are good listeners, but, in reality, people may only hear half of what you are saying. Good communicators are good listeners; good listeners ask the right questions; The result is clear conversation. I try to avoid bad conversation habits, such as getting off the subject, confusing the listener with disjointed conversation or talking too fast.
A person who is upset might begin taking his or her anger out on me. When this happens, I try not to take it personally and have a negative reaction. Instead, I find out why the person is upset and the steps we can take to correct the situation. Most of the time, I let people "talk themselves out." They can usually communicate calmly after that. I then focus on some pertinent information so that I can recap and respond to their complaint. I might share a similar personal experience; however, I won't give direct advice. Rather, I might make gentle suggestions, especially if I think it will help the person see another perspective. I might say something like: "This helped me when I did so and so," instead of saying, "You need to do such and such." The tip here is to find common ground and rationale to keep the communication open and flowing.
When I listen, I keep a positive and open mind, and try to reserve judgment, even if I don't agree with the person's point of view. If I am not sure of his or her position, I will ask questions and repeat some points of the conversation. This tells the person that I listened, which helps diffuse the situation and adds perspective for our mutual benefit.
Of course, not all exchanges of communication are that tenuous. However If you keep a positive and open mind, do not take things personally, and stay free of judgment, you can ask the right questions to get to the real issue, even in the toughest situations. Respond only to the facts, not emotions; your body language needs to support your words.
Effective communication is an exchange and an art that needs to be practiced. Remember, clear, positive communication will get a clear, positive response for an informative beneficial conversation.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good and stay focused and motivated.
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