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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
Do the Massage Work You Love and the Money Will Follow...But When?
By Cary Bayer
About a year ago, a massage therapist friend of mine who never tried to build a business after receiving her training and license was fed up with the job she was doing to pick up a paycheck.About six months earlier she had read the book, "Do What You Love, the Money will Follow," by Marsha Sinetar, and decided it was time she quit and pursued her passion: to build a massage business once and for all. But after six months of failing to bring enough clients to her table to get her practice off the ground, the money still didn't follow.
She did a lot of waiting and complaining, but little else. She did little to proactively make the money follow, something I've observed often in many of the three dozen massage therapist clients I've coached over the past few years. She was living off her savings, which was running low. Panicked, she asked me what to do.
I told her what I tell all my clients - whether they're massage therapists or in sales: If you do what you love, the money will follow. But - and this is the pivotal point - the time it takes for each person's money to follow is radically different. This is particularly true if your relationship to money and marketing is passive at best, or adversarial at worst.
Some moons ago (a few dozen more than 200, if you're counting), I quit the last job I ever had in order to pursue what I loved. At that time, it was writing comedy. Within the "lame-duck" two-week period between giving notice and leaving, I got an offer from a movie producer to write a screenplay for his feature-length comedy. This is doing what you love and having the money follow quickly.
Not everybody has such rapid manifestation time; I certainly don't all the time, and quite rare is the person who does. Christ said that if you have faith and ask the mountain to move, it will move, but few of us have that degree of faith, and transportation departments, when building highways through the mountains, tend to complement their faith with their bulldozers.
If you're going to do what you love so that the money follows, go after it with passion, enthusiasm and good, old-fashioned American marketing "know-how." Remember: "God helps those who help themselves." A variation on this is: "God helps those massage therapists who market themselves." Don't passively wait for it to come to you. As another proverb goes, "If the mountain doesn't come to Mohammed, Mohammed goes to the mountain." I also suggest combining marketing with some inner work on your mind and heart.
Keep your heart pure. Money miracles happen most frequently to those whose hearts are pure. If there are people you're angry with, now is the time to forgive them. (It also helps to forgive yourself for your own procrastination in building your massage business.) To help toward that end, there is a three-part letter-writing process that can enable you to reach true completion with that person:
This letter actually can be sent. I say "can" in a qualified way, because working with hundreds of people in this way has shown me that it usually takes several drafts of that final letter before it's ready for postage. (If there's any anger in it, you need to go back and write the first letter again; this is a letter of completion and forgiveness, remember.) It also helps to show this letter to someone with objectivity, like a coach, therapist or close friend.
Do an inner overhaul on your mind. Your consciousness needs to be prepared to receive the money that will follow. It's one thing to consciously believe that if you do what you love, the money will follow; it's quite another if you believe that when you do what you love, the bankruptcy will follow. A study was done some years back in Canada among a group of people who suddenly struck it rich by winning big money in provincial lotteries. An astonishing statistic emerged: Within five years, the vast majority had gone broke; these winners had become losers. The Canadian governments dumped fortunes into their laps, but never taught them how to handle the money.
One way to prepare your consciousness for allowing the money to follow is through affirmations. Here's one I recommend: "I'm here to work as a massage therapist, and my persistence in marketing makes me succeed." The best way to use affirmations is through writing, and by including the response that emerges from the unconscious. Divide your page in three. At the left margin, write the affirmation; in the middle of the page, write the response that arises as you write it. Suppose it's "I can market all I want - but what if nobody cares and nobody comes?" The last step, in the right column, is to create a new affirmation that specifically treats this negative response. A good one would be, "When I bring the work I'm here to do to the market, the market responds and clients fill my practice."
This process honors the material from the unconscious that opposes the affirmation. Such material is there in spades - if it weren't, you wouldn't need the affirmation that brought it up in the first place. Writing the response releases the resistance from your being. Write this affirmation 10 times a day for at least a week, and then speak it 10 times a day, with feeling, until its truth manifests in your daily life.
If the money isn't following from doing the massage work that you love, it will follow when you follow your own enthusiasm and let marketing bring new clients to you.
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