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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
Setting the Goal Standard
By Cary Bayer
"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." -- Anthony Robbins
If you're a licensed massage therapist who worries about how you're going to make your rent or mortgage, you might think that establishing goals for your business is a luxury you can't afford. When survival seems like it's at stake, games like these might appear trivial. But I disagree strongly.
Unless you set specific goals to stretch the way you do your marketing program, expand your client base, and grow your income in a profound way, you run the risk of being a casualty in this recessionary economy that's shutting down one business after another.
Goal setting can help your business not just survive, but actually thrive. Tracking goals on a weekly basis makes use of the Law of Attraction, which states that energy goes where attention flows. This law isn't any kind of luxurious way of thinking, it's literally a law of Nature, a manner in which the Universe operates. Physicists have come to understand the role that observation plays in the phenomenon that they observe: "You cannot separate the observer from the observed," said David Bohm, the quantum physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project (the atomic bomb).
In the case of goal setting for us, the observer is the LMT, and the observed is her business itself. The process of observation can have a definite impact on both observer and observed.
The first step to take advantage of the Law of Attraction for your business is to create a variety of weekly goals for different aspects of your work. These might include: total number of massages given; gross income; total number of new clients gained; total number of new prospective clients; referrals from medical doctors; new doctors receptive to referring patients to you; referrals from chiropractors; new chiropractors receptive to referring patients to you; referrals from physical therapists; new physical therapists receptive to referring patients to you; number of pre-paid packages sold; number of gift certificates sold; hours spent on marketing; and so on.
For those LMTs who have therapists working for you, it would be wise to include such categories as: number of treatments given by each therapist; amount of passive income you received, and so forth. (Naturally, this same goal tracking method can work in enriching any area of your personal life, as well. You could set goals for your marriage; the quality and quantity of friendships; your exercise program; weight loss program--virtually any aspect of your life that you'd like to improve.)
Here are the logistics of this goal tracking method: Write your goals going vertically down the page on the left margin. At the top of your paper, going across horizontally, write the following headings: Goal, Actual, and Percentage. Before your workweek begins and you get busy, fill in your goals for the week. Tally your results as they develop throughout the week, so that when you get a new doctor interested in recommending you to the people he treats, for example, mark it down in the actual column for the "New MDs receptive to refer clients to you" category. Then, the following Sunday night (or Monday morning), compute your results. If your goal was to gain two new clients and you gained one, then your percentage was 50 percent. Do this for each category, and do this each week.
There's great power in this process for, as auto legend Lee Iacocca put it, "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." Iacocca, who designed the ultra cool Mustang for Ford Motor Co. in the 60s, and who became a cultural icon a couple of decades later when he ran Chrysler Corp., knew a thing or two about making things happen. Goals that aren't written down are more like wishes, and wishes are fine for blowing out the candles on your birthday cakes, but they're not of much use to you beyond that.
John Dewey, one of the nation's greatest educators and a founder of the philosophical school of pragmatism, said it beautifully, "Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live." Make sure that you keep stretching your goals, especially if you are reaching them. As Michael Korda, the novelist and former editor-in-chief of Simon and Schuster, wrote, "One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals." Of course, if you're not reaching the goals that you set, it's wise to examine what you're doing and see what you can do about intensifying your efforts or doing things differently.
Consciousness is a powerful tool, and that's why your mind needs to be used properly. Don't burden it and bog it down as a storage site for little things like appointments. Let it be the powerful force it was intended to be. As physicist Fritjof Capra wrote, "In modern physics, the universe is thus experienced as a dynamic, inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way." How much more could physics say about the power of consciousness?
It's time that massage therapists, who work on the physical body, let themselves benefit from those who've parted the curtain to uncover the secrets of the physical universe.
In other words, simply intending certain results and looking at these intentions daily helps bring them into manifestation. That's why it's wise to display your weekly goal sheet in a place where you can see them every day--remember the power of attention. "It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness," said the Nobel Prize winning physicist Eugene Wigner. The same can be said for the laws of quantum massage business growth.
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