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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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."
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.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 09
Are You a Passenger on the Train to Success?
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
Success is a learning process, and there are steps you can take to ensure you're moving toward it. Sadly, many people miss the train to success. They're too busy standing along the tracks, watching it pass them by, perhaps waiting for it to hit them.
Personal and professional success won't just happen to you.You can't just snap your fingers and create it. It's a process for nearly everyone. Like a life-long train ride, you get on-board your train of desire - stopping at each destination to gather new skills to achieve your current goal - then hopping back on board your train bound for the next goal. Hopefully, you're taking the time to look out the window and enjoy the scenery! Sadly, many people miss the train to success. They're too busy standing along the tracks, watching it pass them by, perhaps waiting for it to hit them!
Success is a learning process, and there are steps you can take to ensure you're moving toward it. Here are four simple steps used by the most successful multi-millionaires that you can apply, to create your own success:
1. What you think about and focus on becomes your reality.
Focus your thoughts on achieving success and be specific with your goals. You become what you think about all day. Are you monitoring your thoughts? You must think big, for the size of your belief is directly proportional to the size of your success. If you think pennies, you create pennies. If you think dollars, you create dollars. Likewise, if you focus on what is lacking in your life, you'll attract more of it. It's just as easy to have big plans and dreams as it is to have small ones. Donald Trump once said, "If I'm going to be thinking anyway, I may as well think BIG!"
2. The people you interact with most determine a large percentage of your success.
Who are the people you spend the most time with? What about their success goals and values? Do they even have any? Start surrounding yourself with successful, positive people. Join a mastermind group. You'll find success-minded people at business and personal development seminars. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious and you'll learn much from them.
3. The books you read can help or hinder your success.
Replace the murder mystery and romance novels with books that help you develop personal and professional success skills. The best times to read are immediately upon waking and just before bedtime. Your subconscious mind is most open to suggestion at these times. Read inspirational literature or books related to the field you are passionate about.
If you're not much of a book reader, listen to motivational CDs in your car. The average person spends between 500 to 1,000 hours per year in their car. Listening to motivational CDs while driving also will make you a happier, calmer driver. That benefits everyone!
4. Celebrate your successes.
Whether your accomplishments are small or large, make sure to celebrate them. As children, we are receptive to receiving rewards for our accomplishments. As we grow older, we tend to move from each goal achievement to the next desired goal on our list, without acknowledging and celebrating our successes. This type of pattern diminishes our motivation to succeed. Re-activate your motivation by stopping to celebrate every one of your accomplishments. The bigger the accomplishment, the bigger the celebration.
The type of person who succeeds is one who wants more money, more freedom and a greater lifestyle, but also is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams. If you're going to be successful, you must have the desire to succeed. So, get on that train! Have you purchased your train ticket yet?
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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