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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.
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.
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.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
Five Fundamentals for Building Your Massage Business, Part 2
By Cary Bayer
In the previous installment of this column, we explored four of the first five fundamental S's of success: knowledge of self, strategy, serenity and sales effectiveness. In this article, we'll examine the fifth and final S - successful thinking.
Success is a function of our attitude. As positive-thinking guru Norman Vincent Peale said, "Change your thoughts and you change your world." You ate 20,000 meals at your parents' dining room table, where money was a major topic of conversation. You learned many limited ideas there, as if they were reality.
Here are some common ones: There isn't enough money because it doesn't grow on trees. Money is dirty and corrupts. Rich people are greedy, poor people are selfless. You have to do things you don't like to get money. You won't get paid much to do what you love. Money is for men. Life is a struggle.
There are three other biggies. The first is so universal - I've seen it in students from all over the world. Don't take money from strangers. Don't take money from family. Don't take money from friends. So I ask, who is left? Known enemies?
That's why you've turned bosses, clients or customers into known enemies. But don't despair. I have a technique to transform limiting beliefs. First, I want to show you how to receive, because parental training about receiving money has confused the act of receiving itself. It's important for LMTs - masters at giving - to learn how to receive. You voluntarily massage politicians, marathoners and Olympians. Now it's time to master receiving.
If it's difficult receiving appreciation, it's also difficult receiving money. In order to prosper, you need to master receiving money. This technique starts by acknowledging someone for a minute:
And so on. After a minute, have the client acknowledge you.
If the client acknowledges your dress, please don't say, "This old thing," or "I got it at Marshalls for 60 percent off." You'll be amazed at how powerful this technique is. Two minutes daily will increase your self-esteem and teach you how to receive appreciation.
Greater self-worth creates greater net worth. You may want peace of mind more than a piece of Berkshire Hathaway, a prominent financial company, but you can have both. You're more effective when not worrying about how to pay this month's mortgage. Confidence and competence create success. I can't teach you competence with massage techniques, but I can teach you confidence. When confidence is overwhelming, others want to be around you, want what you have and will pay you for it.
Babies emanate positive energy. That's one reason you love their presence. Material success - in the Olympics, business or massage - depends on your inner success. I've seen many talented massage therapists quit because they couldn't support themselves. That's a real loss for the world and for them. I don't want that to happen to you.
Basketball's greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, wouldn't have achieved magnificence on the court or hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements if he couldn't "go inside," he said, to a place deep within himself and connect with what he called the "truth" of who he was.
To master the inner life, transform negative thinking in your conscious and subconscious minds. "If the subconscious is not 100 percent in sync with the conscious mind, success is not going to happen," said Eddie Murphy.
Athletes succeed on playing fields because they master the mental field. This applies to being the world's greatest bodybuilder just as it does for being California's governor. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it as long as you really believe 100 percent."
If you want success as a massage therapist, think successfully and eliminate negative thoughts. Johnny Mercer wrote, "You've got to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative. Don't mess with Mr. In-between."
This technique creates powerful transformation. Think the thought: "I can prosper and succeed as a massage therapist." Then record the first negative thought that disagrees with it. Let's say that thought is, "Massage therapists don't make much money." We're not focusing on the negative, we're releasing it. These thoughts live in the subconscious.
"A" invokes a reality you desire. "B" releases an obstacle preventing the thought from becoming reality. The next step transforms the limited obstacle with a new affirmation geared specifically to present a larger reality to the smaller part of your mind. Here's a good one: "I'm so magnetic to clients that my schedule is always full."
It's difficult to prosper as a massage therapist when you don't think you can, don't deserve to, aren't smart enough, or aren't talented or experienced enough. Why should people flock to you if you don't think they should? When you're clear you deserve to prosper, think you can, and are smart, talented and skilled enough to, your chances rise significantly.I call this the ABC's of transformation because in three steps it introduces success, eliminates failure in your thinking, and reintroduces success to parts of the mind that entertained failure. We just did one repetition; do 10 daily or, if time prohibits, at least five minutes a day. It's an inner-prosperity aerobics workout.
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