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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
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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