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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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Is a Miserly Money Mantra Shortchanging Your Practice?
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: Dr. John Upledger has asked guest author Sharon Desjarlais to write this month's column.
Are you a good therapist struggling to earn what you're worth? You might have a "money mantra" running through your mind that's hurting your income potential.
I was 7 years old when I inherited a faulty belief about money that ruled my life for the next 20 years. It was late on a humid summer night in South Florida. I should have been asleep, but I was far too excited. Under my head lay my pillow that protected precious treasure - a milky white, niblet-sized tooth that had popped out of my mouth earlier that day. The tooth fairy would soon be swooping in to surprise me with money. Maybe even a shiny new quarter! I was shivering with excitement when my bedroom door slid open. I squeezed my eyes shut, knowing the fairy might flutter away if I blew the exchange.
My heart was jumping as I sensed the mysterious being glide closer to my bed. When I couldn't stand it a moment longer, I cracked my eyelids ever so slightly and was stunned. There was my grandfather, tugging a silver coin from the pocket of his golf pants and slipping it under my pillow. Though I didn't tell anyone what I saw, that one small incident already began to make a monumental impact on my life. When I witnessed my grandfather giving his money to me, I formed a mantra that said: "When I have more money, someone else has less." I had no idea this tape was running through my mind until years later when I realized the more money I earned, the guiltier I felt. Unconsciously, I had been soothing myself by making just enough money to scrape by.
Programming the Software of Your Subconscious Mind
As a therapist, you might know a good bit about the brain, but when it comes to the beliefs governing your life, it's all about the mind. While the conscious mind is the part we use to think and choose, the subconscious mind is the storehouse of our experiences. It takes the beliefs we lodge in it and projects them into our lives so we end up replaying the same themes again and again in one form or another.
In The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, author Joseph Murphy, PhD, DD, writes: "The most important point to remember is this: Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it. It is an astonishing and subtle truth that the law of the subconscious mind works for good and bad ideas alike.
"Whatever you claim mentally and feel as true, your subconscious mind will accept and bring forth into your experience. All you have to do is get your subconscious mind to accept your idea. Once that happens, the law of your subconscious mind will bring forth the health, peace and prosperity you desire."
When I recognized the effects my old money mantra was having on my life, I chose to create a new belief. I decided: "The more money I make, the more I enrich others as well." I knew just thinking this new thought wasn't enough and set out to collect evidence it was true. As I did, my outer circumstances slowly shifted to match my new mantra. The next year, my marketing projects netted one company more than $3 million and I started making a healthy income.
Now, 24 years later, I specialize in helping CranioSacral therapists shift their outworn mantras into productive beliefs that help them fill their practices. Susan Hovey Cohen is an example of a therapist who successfully reframed her money mantra. Together we discovered she had a belief that said, "When I succeed, it makes other people unhappy."
After realizing she had been holding herself back in her practice because of this thought, she concluded her mantra had to change. So she crafted a new one she felt she could believe: "Sometimes when I am successful, other people are happy." I encouraged Susan to record her new belief over her cellular structure by saying it out loud each day while focusing on how she would feel when other people celebrated her success.
By sending her mantra into the atmosphere, she was literally impressing it into matter by creating sound waves. Then as it came full circle from her lips to her ears, she absorbed it all over again. We also set out to help her root her new belief in reality. Together, we crafted a systematic plan to grow her practice. As she followed the process, one of her tasks was to look for evidence her new mantra was true.
Before long, I began getting e-mails from Susan expressing how many positive changes were taking place in her practice. Friends she had once treated for free insisted on paying her. She began attracting more of her ideal clients and selling more gift certificates. And she started to feel like she was loveable and deserving of success. "My new mantra helped me in more ways than I ever imagined," Susan said. "For instance, one client recently commented on how healthy and slim I looked. I told her I'd been working with a gifted nutritionist. A couple weeks later she came to her session with a birthday gift for me. 'You just had to have this skirt,' she said, 'to celebrate reaching your ideal weight.' Her generosity brought tears to my eyes. And this is just one experience out of dozens that helped me see the power of choosing beliefs that serve me in positive ways."
How Well Is Your Money Mantra Working for You?
How can you tell if your subconscious mind is projecting a healthy money mantra? Look at the results in your life. If you find yourself feeling shortchanged, give your subconscious mind an assignment. Ask yourself, "What's the first memory I can recall about money?"
Do that for a week or so. For added impact, ask the question as you drift off to sleep. Then the next day, pay close attention to any inklings and memories that pop up. Once you discover your earliest money memory, ask yourself what message you took away as a result. Is it positive and empowering? You're more than welcome to keep it. But if it's uncomfortable and limiting, you get to select a more productive message. What would you rather experience around the issue of money? Choose a new belief that brings you feelings of prosperity and joy. Then create some new evidence. With a sound money mantra, you'll reap the rewards for years to come.
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