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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
Reinventing the Wheel
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
I had the great opportunity to present at a virtual roundtable with seven women who lead in the industry. It was for the World Massage Conference last June, and the panel consisted of the women who make up the Massage Today Women in Bodywork Business Blog (WIBB).It was a question and answer format, led by a moderator that lasted 90 minutes. It is both a privilege and an honor to be chosen to be part of WIBB and on the panel for this educational event. When I was in school for massage therapy, almost 20 years ago, some of these women were already well-known and had established themselves as icons. Others are newer to the field but have made their imprint and are affecting how we practice today. We determined there was over 100 years of experience between all of us. WOW! That's a lot of know-how.
So it begs the question: who do you learn from? Is there someone who you admire in the industry you can follow and copy? Is there someone you meet with regularly to discuss business ideas? Do you have a resource in a trusted colleague? I hope so but if the answer is no, start looking for someone. It saves time and money to mentor with someone, especially when you are in business for yourself.
Find a Mentor
When I was in massage school, I met a guy who was about a year ahead of me. His name was Andy. We were practically clones of each other and became fast friends. Because he was a year ahead of me, he started his private practice first. Upon graduation and starting my private practice, life got busy and we saw each other less. Six months into my practice, I had a business question and decided to call him. At the time, Andy was also dealing with a business "issue" and said he was about to call me. We chatted and talked "shop" and within minutes, it became clear that we could assist each other in our businesses and decision making.
Part networking, part mentoring, part consulting, part cheerleader, Andy and I started a mentoring relationship that lasted almost 10 years. That first phone call where we shared business advice was so successful that Andy and I started meeting every month for the next 10 years, until he passed on. It was a set appointment in our schedule and barring an emergency, we always made it a priority. Even if we had the opportunity for a paying client, our breakfast meeting was paramount, knowing we would gain so much.
Here's the thing. Many people have walked the road before you. Almost every business issue you can think of has been dealt with by someone ahead of you. So why go it alone? Learn from the masters. Seek out the advice of someone who is ahead of you or someone who you admire or trust. It doesn't necessarily have to be someone ahead of you either. It can be a classmate or even in Andy's case, someone who was behind you in school. The point is to find someone who has good business acumen and is interested in sharing tidbits of experience. That being said, every once in awhile someone comes up with a new and original idea. But for the most part, it's all been done before. You just need to tap into a resource that can share it with you.
Be a Student
So that leads me back to the World Massage Conference. As I was on the call with the roundtable, I found myself acting more like a student than an educator. I was scribbling notes and picking up marketing advice like crazy. It was such an unexpected gift. Some of the ideas I knew but had forgotten about. The resurrection of ideas is always a good thing. Other ideas were brand new to me; a little golden nugget over the phone. I came away with a list of about five things that I can immediately implement into my current massage practice.
Even though the industry of massage is in a growth spurt and seems new age, it has been around for centuries. Massage therapy has been a viable career in the United States for over 20 years. Many people have walked in your shoes and paved the way. Why not use this expertise to your advantage?
Learn from the masters and those who have blazed the trail. If not, at least learn from your colleagues and contemporaries. Don't make the same mistake that someone else has already made. Find someone who inspires you, helps you keep your energy levels high, provides tidbits for success, shares marketing experience and is willing to commit to meet regularly to do it. It can be some of your best spent time. According to recent statistics, there are almost 300,000 massage therapists in America. With all those potential mentors at your disposal, why reinvent the wheel?
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