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Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
December, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 12
Get Happy About Something
By Rita Woods, LMT
The end of each year brings about a feeling of excitement and change. Our fiscal year ends with the requirement of accounting for ourselves financially, and the idea of a New Year's resolution will ask that we take action on something we have been neglecting.To sum up the essence of this time is to ask ourselves "What did I do" and "What am I going to do?" If you plan to be successful, then honestly answering these questions is critical to your success. There are many ways to ask these same questions. They are in all forms of evaluations and goals. However, this year I'd like to offer some alternate questions to accelerate your personal and professional development, if you are agreeable. These questions will guide you all year long if you will follow through. It's a simple system. Your experiences have either made you feel good or they didn't. If they made you feel good, repeat them. If they didn't, change something.
I have provided some questions that will help you reflect on your year (see below). The idea is that one set of questions will make you feel empowered and good (left column), and the other will make you feel weakened and a failure (right column). Naturally, the plan is to have more that empowers you and makes you feel good. Why? Because how you feel dictates more than the mood you are in. It calls what comes to you. Do you ever notice that when your heart is broken, nothing in your life seems to have any joy? Have you also noticed that when you are exhilarated, thrilled and happy that you feel like you could take on the world and win no matter what? Call it attitude, chemistry, neuropeptides, vibration, energy or whatever. The fact is that more begets more of the same. If you want positive changes, then get happy about something. Do, think or be something different than you were yesterday. Easier said than done? Fine, lets answer some important questions and fill in specific examples to get you started. Tax season is coming up. Let's start there and I'll use myself in the example.
What worked? Writing on my receipts: the mileage, whether it was cash, debit or charge, and if it was the business account or if I used personal money that needs to be reimbursed from the company. Putting receipts in a box marked 2009 receipts. Done. Result: happy, pleased, proud.
What didn't work? Entering the monthly accounts into QuickBooks. Result: unhappy, unprepared, stressed.
I can now look back and see that I was able to keep up with receipts very well but did not sit down at the computer to enter the information that my accountant will need. Why not? I need to decide if that failure was due to time, skill, desire or money, then take action to correct it based on the reason I didn't do it.
It's important to address the problem on the same level that it was created. Time. Skill. Desire. Money. One of these is usually the culprit. So did I not have enough time or not want to take the time? Did I have the skill to use the software efficiently or do I need to take a course? Do I even have the desire to want to do this? Maybe I just don't like it. Do I have the extra money to pay someone to do this for me? I need to decide what my issues are that prevented me from doing this.
Preoccupation with failure only brings more failure. Dwelling on the aspect that makes one feel bad will only beget more of the same. Change something. If my goal is to be happy then I must change something in order to be happy with this situation. Simple formula. Practice makes perfect.
Let's fill in another one. What didn't you do? Maybe you didn't take 12 hours of continuing education this year. Why not? Was it time, skill, desire or money? Decide why, then change something. Schedule more time away from home and office, and start saving $20 a week. That might solve it. Change something. The goal is to feel good and not stressed. Change to a plan that will bring you happiness. Use these questions to create an emotional gauge for yourself. Achieving a goal is just another way of saying you feel good, is it not?
Lets' do one more. What are you proud of? Maybe you finally opened your own office this year. That's something to be proud of. Great! That makes you happy and now you can use that positive emotion to propel you into making some great choices this coming year. Good decisions come from your ability to elicit good emotions.
Organizations like the HearthMath Institute have studied the effects of emotions on the central nervous system (CNS) for decades. Clearly, there is clinical evidence to support the claim that positive emotions promote a well-balanced CNS while negative emotions create chaos and disharmony within the CNS. Many of you are familiar with Dr. Edward Bach, the creator of the Bach Flower Essences. Dr. Bach believed that illness stemmed from certain negative mental conditions such as worry, fear and apathy, to name a few. He changed the way he practiced medicine based on these findings and had great success.
Thoughts are things that manifest physically. Do not rest, stop or hesitate until you have contributed to the betterment and advancement of humankind. One person can make the difference. Help someone get happy about something.
Sum up your year by filling in an event under each heading. (What might also represent who.)
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