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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.
February, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 02
The Money Trap
What Do Your Fees Say About You?
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
Jennifer is a talented CranioSacral Therapist who cringes whenever I broach the subject of raising her fees. "How can I?" she asks, comparing her rates yet again to those of a well-known therapist in her city who barely charges more.
Comparing yourself to other therapists is one of several money traps you may fall into in your own practice. The problem is, when you let your fear dictate your peace and prosperity, your clients may end up paying even more dearly than you do.
Consider this: Do you feel less than fulfilled with your fees? If so, there's likely a hidden fear that's stopping you from embodying your self-worth. When you acknowledge that fear and find a healthy way to address it, you open the channel to greater prosperity. And you give your clients the opportunity to gain even deeper transformation from your work.
Money Mirror of Love
When it comes to your finances, do you typically experience cycles of feast or famine? Do you charge healthy fees yet still find yourself complaining of empty pockets? Those are symptoms that you're struggling with the money mirror of love, which reflects your fear that people won't love or accept you if you make more than they do.
Ultimately, what you really want most in this case is a sense of connection. But how can you connect with your clients in a way that's as empowering for them as it is for you? Try this breakthrough belief on for size: "I help other people more when I model a healthy acceptance of my own achievement and abundance."
When you accept that your natural ability to attract money actually serves other people, you'll see the wisdom in no longer playing small. And you'll experience the joy of giving and receiving more from your hands-on gifts.
Money Mirror of Boundaries
Have you ever wanted to raise your fees, but believed your clients wouldn't pay more? Do you frequently give in when you're asked for a discount? Or participate in a lot of hands-on trades?
You're struggling with the money mirror of boundaries, which reflects the limiting belief that other people getting what they want is more important than you are.
Here's the brutal truth: When you take away someone's right to decide what they will or won't pay, you rob them of personal power.
To break through this money mirror, make a list of 30 results people get from working with you. Get crystal clear on the transformation your work provides. Then stand firmly inside your own boundaries, knowing you never have the right to decide anything on behalf of your clients. Only they can decide for themselves, and that's true empowerment.
Money Mirror of Courage
When someone asks about your fees, do you feel yourself shrink inside? Do you do your best to keep your rates low and rarely raise them? Those are signs you're reflecting the money mirror of courage, which symbolizes your desire to serve rather than stand out in the crowd.
To break through the faulty belief that who you are isn't special or significant, start by having compassion for yourself. Treat yourself gently and understand that it's only fear blocking you from charging what you're worth. Then choose the date you're going to raise your fees.
When you face your fear of charging more and discover that good things happen as a result, you embrace your inner power. And you can enjoy the fruit of your income even more.
Money Mirror of Deservability
Do you give away your services or feel guilty when you're not doing more? Do you compare yourself with other practitioners the way Jennifer does? That's a sure sign you're dealing with the issue of deservability, which indicates the fear that you're not quite good enough as you are.
When you accept that you're perfect right here and right now, and you allow yourself to appreciate the benefits your clients get from your work, you begin to act from a place of expansion. And you model for others that they're more than good enough as well.
Remember, money is a measure of the impact you're making in the world. When you shatter your money mirrors, you and your clients will enjoy healthier results.
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