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Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
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.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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