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Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
January, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 01
A New Year, A New Beginning, A New You
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
In this season of celebration, a new year begins. To keep the celebration going and improve our overall health and increase our energy, good nutritional choices and a commitment to a more active lifestyle are key.It's all about choices, after all. Last month, we talked about self-care resolutions. Now we get to put them into action. It's easy and fun to do.
First, use up at least as many calories as you take in. For food choices, start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. For simplicity, multiply your weight by 10; that's approximately how many calories you should take in per day. If you have a lot of physical activity in your day, you can multiply your weight by 11. An easy goal would be to eat fewer calories than you know you can burn up every day. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Another attainable goal: at least 30 minutes every day. Regular physical activity will help you maintain your weight, keep off the weight that you've already lost and help you reach toward physical and cardiovascular fitness. If you can't do at least 30 minutes at one time, don't stress. You can add up 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
At the beginning of our sessions with our clients, we do an assessment. So, let's do a self-assessment: In the last 24 hours, how many servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and red meat have you eaten? A serving of fruit or vegetables is half a cup (the size of your fist). A serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. A serving of whole grain is one piece of whole-grain bread or a cup of whole-grain cereal. How many servings of each did you take in the last 24 hours? Do the last 24 hours represent approximately the way you eat every day? Taking control of food input and activity output are the healthiest choices you will make for yourself. Here are a few quick food tips.
Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the full nutrition it needs to maintain vibrant health. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other compounds but remain low in calories. Choose from a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. 'Living food' (plant-based) can help you control your weight and your blood pressure. Unrefined, whole-grain, fiber-rich foods can help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full, which may assist you in managing your weight. For protein, add fish at least twice a week. Research shows that eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (for example, salmon, trout, and herring) may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease.
You could use your daily allotment of calories for a few high-calorie foods and beverages, but you probably wouldn't get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy. An occasional splurge as a reward for reaching a goal is OK. However, limits on how much saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium in your daily choices will get you the results you seek. Read labels on packaged foods carefully. The nutrition facts panel will tell you how much of which nutrients each food or beverage may contain.
It might be helpful to choose lean meats and prepare poultry without skin and added saturated and trans fat. Cut back on prepared foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars. Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Keep an eye on your portion sizes.
Now that you know the secrets to feeding the body with proper nutrition and are physically activity for 30 minutes per day, you can make the lifestyle changes you seek. You control your choices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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