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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
Women in Business
By Linda Riach
In business, the issues that men and women face are no different. In fact, I would go so far as to say that how they feel about those issues is no different; however, the skills they bring to the table for coping are often very unique.In boardroom meetings with other CEOs (all of whom run companies that are vastly different) in a variety of settings, I've found that most of us have very similar issues: finding the right team; watching our bottom lines; serving our clients; competing in a tough economy; and surviving, enduring, and ultimately, thriving. I find that we each "sweat it out" in pretty much the same way. While I may be the only woman in the room (and yes, sometimes excluded from the "old boys' club"), I've learned that I'm not alone in how I'm feeling about those struggles or about tackling issues that could make or break my company. We can all learn about marketing and bookkeeping - the business skills.
So, is the gender difference only in how well we put on our "game face?" It may be. How many women learned as children to put on bravado? Few of us. But there is another skill they don't teach in business schools - listening. Listening is something we, as women, learn on the telephone, and in cliques, family gatherings and through our innate desire to communicate.
Every successful business owner finds a market void and fills it. The key to survival, however, is being able to respond to our clients' needs. The amazing thing is that you can discover those needs merely by listening. Listening is the difference that will serve you, as a man or woman, corporate CEO or massage therapy practitioner.
While you may not have 250,000 clients, getting to know the 25 you do have will make those relationships better by helping you give them what they need and keep them coming back. My entire career is focused on the art of listening (something I share with my employees), and while I've had great success with it, there is always much more to learn. In fact, listening is the very foundation upon which my company was built 25 years ago; it is this very skill that makes all the difference in the marketplace.
Knowledge and information are also foundations upon which businesses are developed. Continuously developing and re-inventing your capabilities to meet client needs isn't easy, but it's crucial to serving the customer and to your success, no matter who you are. Listening also means hearing the stuff we don't want to hear - the criticisms and the judgments.
Criticism doesn't feel any better to us than it does to a sensitive teenager. But over the years, I've learned a thing or two about how to deal with the bad, as well as the good, and how to get past the hurt and use what I'm hearing to help my business thrive. So now when I'm confronted with "She's only a woman"; "She has no business background"; or "Just what are her credentials?" I find listening to those judgments spurs me on and incites a kind of "I'll show them!" attitude. This is a powerful motivator, as we "old-timers" in the massage community know. Didn't we grow in the face of skepticism, flourishing despite criticism and proving our value, despite the naysayers and overly arrogant "experts?"
Criticisms? Oh, they sting! It's time to forget those high school wounds, though, and listen for the opportunity for change and growth at its core. The negative feedback provides a wealth of insight, because it tells me as much about the critic (whether client, employee or competitor) as it does about our efforts and areas needing improvement. While I may not like the package it comes in, criticism is a gift, just the same. I feel blessed when I get good feedback, too.
Unlike when I first began my entrepreneurial journey, my more experienced ears are just now learning to appreciate what I do right, and my mind is beginning to use that juice to recharge the energy it takes to make it through the challenges. As entrepreneurs and women in business, we have to remember to celebrate the victories and to get up and do it all again tomorrow - better and bolder than we did it yesterday.
Click here for previous articles by Linda Riach.
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