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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.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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 IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
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.
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?
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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