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MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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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