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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 09
The Art of Being Grounded
By Catherine Warner
What do I mean when I say I am "grounded"? We hear this term so often these days it's assumed that everyone knows what it means; but being grounded means something slightly different to everyone, depending on ones lifestyle, perceptions and sensitivities to daily surroundings.
To me, being grounded means being fully present: physically, emotionally and energetically.It means your mind is not wandering or pulling your energy elsewhere. Your heart and soul are not searching somewhere in the past or looking into the future. (Take a deep breath ... there, you're grounded!) Being fully present is life. It's the alchemy of thousands of processes on a cellular level; it's a miracle every millisecond. To be present in the moment is as easy as breathing, and it's an act of power to be aware of it.
As a massage therapist, I must be 100 percent present while I work on my clients. I must connect my energy to theirs and discern how I might hold the space for their beauty. Imagine my dismay when over a year ago, I read an article in Cosmopolitan magazine titled, "Confessions of a Massage Therapist." The "therapist" in the article spoke of the judgments she passed on her female clients regarding their weight, financial status, etc. She then went on to say how she "zoned out" and thought of her grocery list while she worked! That therapist (if you can call her that) was not grounded, nor did she have any business doing what is supposed to be healing work.
It is important to be fully present - for your health and your clients. You are worth the extra moment you spend with yourself, taking that deep breath and bringing yourself fully to the moment. Your clients also deserve your full attention.
Slow yourself down; the little things matter. Every smile you give and every step you take is important. These seemingly small things are the basis on which all other parts of the world rest. If you can be fully present in the small moments in your life, how powerful might the big things be? You are living life with the fullness it has to offer when you are present in every moment, as opposed to trying to plan every motion and emotion. There is so much damage done when we close ourselves down because we could not take the pain, heal the wounds, suffer the sorrow or feel the laughter. We must connect to ourselves on a daily basis. Our lives become more meaningful and dynamic once we decide we are worth the effort.
Being grounded makes a difference to every living being on our planet. When we are not grounded, our minds wander off and create chaos. We run into walls, lock our keys in the car and make mistakes at the bank. On some level, everyone pays for our "ungroundedness."
For some people, this is a way of being in control, but being ungrounded and unorganized (so that everyone around you becomes scattered, as well) is the oldest control trick in the book. When we are grounded and finally decide to be fully present, we open ourselves to the universal energy flowing around us, making our presence powerful. Tension levels drop; peace and serenity enter; and healing takes place. We have all experienced episodes where tension levels are high: Someone is about to snap; then a calm person enters the room, and everything shifts.
We all have the power to do that every moment of the day. When we stay grounded, we do not create chaotic reactions around us. We can laugh and not take ourselves so seriously.
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