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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
December, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 12
New Beginnings for a New Year
By Angie Patrick
We all are thinking about New Year's resolutions this time of year. You hear everyone talking about the weight they wish to lose or the relationship they hope to find. Maybe you hear your friends wishing for better jobs or better pay. Universally, people want to be better, do better, feel better and live better. It's a common thread that runs through our society, as well as in our industry.
I often have wondered why those of us who have such great intentions fail to meet our goals and expectations. In January, we are "full steam ahead" on the resolutions that we make, yet sometime in February or even March, you see the train running out of steam. Why does this happen? Why do we set goals for ourselves and then fall short of meeting them? Personally, I think we jump in and make broad statements about how we will attain great things, without the first clue as to how to achieve those great things.
Success is not elusive, and it does not just happen. It's attainable by each and every one of us. We are not put here to fail; we are all here to contribute and succeed. The key component to this contribution and success is planning. You cannot simply expect to lose weight without actually doing something to make it happen. The odds of winning the lottery are pretty slim at best, and the better job will not fall into your lap; you have to educate yourself and search for it. Setting goals and then making the changes needed to achieve these goals go a long way toward creating your success.
Let's take a look at your business. Maybe you are a new graduate or perhaps a seasoned therapist looking at goals for your business. You would like to have a sound practice that will allow you to live well and provide all the things you need. This seems like a goal anyone would want to achieve, yet how do we get there? How do we make this dream a reality? I think we need to pave the road ahead with smaller goals - planned steps in reaching the overall goal of success.
Start with education. Sounds basic, but you would not believe how much there is to know out there. New modalities are cropping up every day, it seems. Each time I open a trade journal or paper, I learn something new. The education you receive while in school should be looked upon as your base education. Yes, you can begin working as a therapist once you graduate; however, there are so many more things to know, trends to watch and market changes to follow. Read as many articles as you can about new ideas and treatments emerging on the market. From Thai herbal ball treatments to rejuvenating facelift massage, there are a plethora of valuable treatments you easily can learn and add to your repertoire. This will increase the scope of potential clients you can book because your range of service has continued to expand.
Bolster your business with strong marketing. Find ways in your community to network and be a part of the economic future of your town. Join the Chamber of Commerce and attend the meetings. You would be surprised how many business leads you can gain by circulating your business cards at these meetings. Offer on-site chair massage for corporate offices, meetings or special events. Expand on this idea by printing an incentive on your business card, such as 10 percent off your first visit. You stimulate the buying drive in the prospective client and greatly increase your chances of a first booking. For those seasoned clients, offer them a handful of cards to share with their friends. A word-of-mouth referral is absolutely golden, and no amount of money can buy that kind of promotion.
Contribute. By volunteering your time and skill at charitable events, your exposure is magnified. You can reach a broader audience and market yourself and your skills to more people. Not only are the benefits to your business growth and exposure great, you also have the added perk of doing something good for your community. This type of industry and community participation is good for the soul.
Finally, commit. Make a commitment to yourself and your business to follow through with the steps you have put in place. It's highly doubtful you will ever look back at the steps you have taken and instead, wish that you had done nothing. That commitment may mean making some sacrifices on your part, while giving your time, talent and services, but the end result is well worth the effort you put in.
These are just a few ideas for how to begin planting the seeds of success for your business. When you know the basics, you can expand on these ideas and come up with your own original flavor and style. Most importantly, these ideas do not have to cost a fortune to implement, so you can begin right away. When you make the proper preparations to succeed, the sky is the limit and your business can and will reach new heights.
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