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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
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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