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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
December, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 12
The Perfect Gift
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
It's hard to believe that the season for gift giving is upon us once again, and if your year has been anything like mine, you've weathered a ride on an economic roller coaster that would give Mr. Toad a run for his money.Fortunately, many economists predict brighter times in the near future; however, it's likely that you may be reeling from the recent ups and downs, and gift giving may be the last thing on your mind. At the same time, your loved ones may be wondering how to best choose a gift for you that fits within their budget.
This article will provide tips for gift giving on both sides: how you can best offer the perfect gift to friends, family, and clients and how to inform those close to you what you would consider the "perfect gift" from them.
The Gift of Massage
Perhaps you don't have the funds available to spend buying oodles of gifts for your friends and family this year. Why not give the gift of massage? It's both personal and practical-and it's especially useful during the stressful holiday season. Create gift certificates especially for your friends and family with a personalized note. If you are like most massage therapists, you rarely-if ever-provide massage to those closest to you. And as much as a friend or a family member might want a massage, he/she may not be comfortable asking for one from you. A personalized gift certificate opens the door for them to receive the gift of touch from a trusted source.
If you feel that "gifting" massage to your friends and family would be awkward, there is another way to show your appreciation to the loved ones in your life. Host a small holiday gathering with your closest friends and family. Have your massage table or massage chair set up in an out-of-the-way spot and then offer each guest a 10-15 minute massage. It will be a welcome-and unexpected-holiday surprise.
While it is important to give gifts to your friends and family, it is also important to show your clients how much you appreciate their business and referrals. Offer each of your regular clients 10 percent off their first session in the New Year, along with a sample or two of a topical analgesic with your contact information attached, as a way of thanking them for their continued patronage. You might even sweeten the deal by offering your regular clients 10 percent off one session for each new referral they send you in the New Year.
Making a Wish List
As the holidays approach, it is very likely that your friends and family will ask for gift recommendations from you. And giving is even more special when the recipient receives something that he/she really needed. At the same time, you want to offer ideas that are budget friendly for everyone. Below are some gift ideas you can offer to your friends and family.
In some cases, the more you purchase, the more you save. If there are combination discounts, let the gift giver know; then he/she has the option of purchasing more than one item and holding onto them to give as future gifts.
"Wrap" It Up
People want to give you gifts because they love you and care for you. By making a gift list, you'll get something you really wanted and/or needed but may not have had the money to purchase for yourself. Your loved one will have the satisfaction of knowing that you will treasure the gift they gave and that particular gift will always be uniquely connected to the person who gave it to you.
I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and rewarding holiday season. I'll see you in 2010!
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