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Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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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