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Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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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