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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
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.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
Your Plan, Part One
By Perry Isenberg
Generally, whenever we want to start something new, the hardest part is the beginning: where and how to start. This "unknown start" is the same, no matter the project. In school, whenever you had an assignment to write a paper, the most difficult part was probably choosing a topic.Once you decided, you still had to set up the theme, which naturally led to the body of paper, which then allowed you to smoothly move to the conclusion. This is exactly what I am doing now.
The starting point and setting up the next steps are vital, regardless of whether your goal is to start a business, or be a business manager or employee with a rewarding company. All of these goals require the same disciplined structure. The only difference is the extent and depth of work required. For example, if your goal is employment with a company, your first questions should be, "What do I need to secure rewarding employment? Where and how do I start the process?"
First, make sure you clearly understand and define your own question. In the example above, you need to define "rewarding," as well as decide the type of company you are interested in working for. The process of achieving a clear understanding of what you want and need is vital; otherwise, you will find yourself chasing your own tail - circling with no chance of moving forward. Take your time to make sure that you have clearly defined your goals; otherwise, the steps that follow will not be accurate, and the domino effect can be very destructive. Remember: Garbage in, garbage out. If you are not accurate in the first place, the subsequent series of questions and decisions will not help you achieve your goals.
Before you take the time to examine and define what is rewarding to you and the type of company you want to work for, make sure you know this is what you want; "rewarding" and "company" are the key components you must take your time to define. Obviously, what is rewarding to one person may not be rewarding to another; however, your challenge is to define what is rewarding for you and you only. Once you grasp the selfishness of the task, it will be easy for you to define what you are looking for, which will, in turn, help you meet your goals.
Additionally, "rewarding" does not need to be defined narrowly. I encourage you to want whatever you want! At the very least, consider the following:
Now, consider what type of company you want to work for. Be careful not to think that defining rewards will automatically direct you to the right company. Believing that finding a company is enough to provide your rewards is oversimplifying the process, and will limit your search and selection process.
Many companies have the diversity and depth to offer a variety of opportunities to meet the needs and goals of a diverse group of people. Don't be fooled that working for a large company will automatically mean you have to be ready to "move and shake." The company's size is a strength that attracts a wide group of people to satisfy a variety of goals. The more homework you do and questions you ask, the closer you'll be to achieving your goals.
For the next several articles, I will expand on this theme of reward and company. My next article will address the starting point of a management position, followed by the construction of a sure business plan designed to help raise the funds necessary for a start-up - I have personally designed two plans that helped secure financing and were very accurate. I will also share 12 lessons that will save you time, and help you avoid mistakes, develop better relationships and make more money.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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