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Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
The Power of a Minute
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
There's no doubt about it; our lives are busier then ever. While juggling careers, relationships, families and everything in between, we sometimes convince ourselves there is not another minute to squeeze in anything else.I know I often feel that way. But is it really true? Is life so busy that we haven't even a single minute to devote to marketing our practice, learning a new skill or simply doing something good for ourselves?
Have you ever closed your eyes and tried to guess how long a minute is? I typically guess short - sometimes as short as 30 seconds. Take a minute and try this exercise. How did you do? Were you surprised with how long a minute really lasts? In all my years of running a busy massage clinic, seeing patients and building my business; I have become a master at multitasking. But even more than that, I have learned that every minute counts. In fact, it's amazing how much we really can accomplish in just one minute and that little one-minute actions can, over time, make a big difference in our personal and professional lives. The following tips offer some simple one-minute strategies that can be applied to building your practice, as well as other aspects of your life. I use these same strategies frequently and know firsthand they really work.
Our successes or failures in life often are the result of the one-minute actions we do or do not take. Have you ever been faced with a project that seemed so daunting you didn't know where to begin? Sometimes a task can feel so overwhelming it often seems easier to do nothing at all. I know from experience that breaking down a big task such as building a practice into simple one-minute actions not only helps me put things into perspective, but also motivates me to complete additional projects. In fact, I often wonder why I didn't follow those one-minute actions sooner.
Take One Minute
Your first one-minute action is to take one minute to slow down and organize your thoughts. Think about what you want to accomplish in your personal and professional life and empty your head of your thoughts or ideas. Get them down on paper. Once you purge your brain, you are free to focus on one task at a time. You don't have to stress that you will forget or "lose" the idea, because you've got it down on paper. Additionally, writing down your thoughts and ideas actually maximizes your time because you won't keep wasting your precious minutes "looping" the same ideas around and around in your head. Taking a minute to slow down and get organized can help speed things along.
IT ONLY TAKES ONE MINUTE EVERY DAY to focus your attention and set a course of action that will help you accomplish a goal or complete a task.
Have you ever thrown a stone into the middle of a motionless pond? The impact creates ripples that spread out to the farthest edges of the pond. The more stones you throw into the pond, the more ripples you will create. I like to create ripples because they create motion and movement, which is necessary if I am to move forward.
I often reference Newton's Laws of Motion to respond to various personal and professional challenges, particularly when it comes to running my massage practice. The first law states, "Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it."1 Is there an area of your practice that is motionless, like a still pond? Then you need to stir it up and create some ripples. Newton's third law of motion states, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."2 This third law relates to cause and effect. And in this case, the stone is the cause and the ripples are the effect. Think of the stone as your one-minute daily actions that, over time, will create a lot of ripples. Those minutes will add up to hours, which will add up to days, which will then add up to weeks of focus and deliberate action toward achieving specific outcomes. Time will pass, whether you choose to take action or not. Realizing the power of one minute can be a strong motivator.
Whether you are just starting out in your massage career or you are a seasoned veteran, below are several one-minute strategies that can help create the motion that will continue to move you forward.
Five One-Minute Strategies
Therapists with a clinical/medical practice would do well to develop relationships with health care professionals, such as medical doctors specializing in family practice, pain management (chiropractors) and sports medicine (physical therapists). Developing a referral network between health care professionals is an ideal way to build a solid referral base.
Take one minute to do the following:
Five One-Minute Marketing Tips
There are several one-minute tips that self-employed, mobile and contract massage therapists can use to build business, as well. Even if your efforts land you one or two regular outcalls each week, those could substantially supplement your income.
Take one minute to:
Five One-Minute Strategies for Getting the Job
Working at a spa or massage clinic is a great way to have a steady flow of clients without doing as much marketing on your own. However, there is some work and preparation that goes into landing a job. I own a massage clinic and when I hire therapists, there are very specific things that I look for. But I also remember being on the other side of the interview table and know how intimidating the interview process can be. This is why taking a minute to prepare is essential to making a good impression.
Five One-Minute Income-Building Strategies
Want to earn a few extra dollars in one minute? According to my intake forms, a lot of people are using pain-relieving gels and exercise equipment at home. Why should Wal-Mart make money, when you can just as easily make these items available to your patients? I sell some of the educational tools and products that I use in the treatment room.
Take one minute to:
Five One-Minute Self-Care Strategies
Part of managing our practices and our lives involves taking a minute to care for ourselves. In fact, self-care probably is the most important thing you can do to sustain longevity and prevent burnout. It also is important that we walk our talk, and self-care is a key component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Massage therapists instruct their clients daily on the benefits of self-care, but it is equally important for massage therapists to follow their own advice! Practicing self-care helps us manage stress and stay grounded so we can be fully present for our clients.
Take one minute to:
Just One More Minute
Multitasking has become almost second nature for most of us, and now you can learn even more about building your career while performing daily tasks such as driving, exercising, surfing the Web or cleaning a treatment room. Many of the top leaders in our profession have taken a few minutes to share with me some of the things they have done to succeed and be "at the top of their game." Every interview is inspiring and stimulating, and will help ignite your ideas and enable you to tap into your resources to fulfill your dreams. Take one minute to download these interviews for free at www.kenthealth.com. There is a saying, "You are going to miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." So go ahead, take one minute and throw the ball at the hoop, because some of the balls will go in and count. And often, the game is won in the final seconds.
Lastly, take one minute to cut out this article and post it in a place where you will see it every day. Read the one-minute strategies (add your own, if you like). And remember that every minute counts and presents an opportunity to learn something new.
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