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Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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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