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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.
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.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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 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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
Your Plan, Part Two
By Perry Isenberg
Last month, I looked at the questions and considerations needed to define and secure rewarding employment; I hope it was useful. Your continued feedback will help ensure that these articles continue to be relevant.My goal is to provide insight to improve your chances of finding business and economic success. Without the ability to make a reasonable living, you will not be able to continue providing this much-needed therapy. So, continue telling me what you want me to talk about.
This month, I want to discuss growing into and securing a management position. Like everything, management has its pros and cons, and you need to consider these before deciding to be a manager. They say it is lonely at the top - and it can be - so be aware that becoming a manager often involves some invisible separation from your coworkers; however, management can also be very rewarding.
Management generally involves some separation from coworkers and a level of authority over them. This is a frightful reality that separates the "men" from the "boys," so to speak. Having authority over anybody is a huge responsibility and challenge. I still have difficulty with this at times and am constantly evolving into a better manager with respect to responsibility and proper, appropriate use of authority. Take inventory of yourself and try to be honest. Are you ready for the responsibility of managing people? Make sure you are up to the challenge, and that management would be an asset, not a burden - otherwise you will become frustrated.
Management is more about working with people than about making sure the work is getting done. For example, let's say that you are managing the massage services of a spa with six therapists on staff, and your goal is a profitable department that requires 150 sessions per week. Your job is to make sure this goal is met. In this case, managing your staff is more important than the number of sessions, because unless you can create an enthusiastic, responsible team that works well together and takes pride in the work, all the appointments in the world won't help you achieve that goal. The ability to manage is vital to ensuring your department reaches its goal. Often, it involves taking two steps backward and one forward by changing personnel and/or their responsibilities, until you have the right team assembled.
The next item for self-examination is your use of authority; this is important. I pride myself on being a coworker with my employees and try not to create a daily environment of authority. My coworkers know the "buck stops with me," but it is not something we discuss unless it becomes absolutely necessary. If you want to be a manager so you can be the "boss," stop now! Authority should not be something that is sought; it should be earned as a byproduct of wanting to lead, teach and inspire. Separation from your coworkers is an element of management.
As much as I consider myself a coworker with my staff, the reality is that I am on the "other side" of the fence, involved in dealings that are good for the entire business and not always good for individual employees. This reality creates division, whether you like it or not. Many people have balked at separation and attempted to be "buddies" with their staff, while attempting to meet the needs of their management position. It may work for a while, but ultimately it does not. If you want to be part of the "gang," do not consider management. At best, you can reside at the edge of the "gang's" circle.
Generally, as a manager, you will likely spend less time perfecting your craft and more time managing people and handling general business issues. This can cause some serious stress for the therapists that enjoy helping and healing people. There is nothing better than working your magic to provide clients exactly what they need. So before you leap into management, realize that you will be doing less hands-on work. You must also possess the ability to be organized and handle a variety of components, including staff, scheduling, morale, client needs, upper management demands, product and supply inventories, and legal issues - to name a few. It is likely that you will be on salary and work more hours than anyone else in your department. And if short-staffed, you will be called on to do hands-on work.
Management can be a rewarding goal that, once achieved, allows you to improve your "people" skills, increase your economic opportunities, have greater career flexibility, and additional perqs, such as time off, bonuses and more. I believe most people identify with the advantages of management. Examine the following questions and if they sound exciting, you could be on your way to a successful management career:
If you think you can handle the challenges presented above, I recommend you start pursuing a management position; if successful, you will be on your way to greater economic and career security!
I wish you the best of luck.
Until Next Month,
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