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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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?
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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