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Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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?
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.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
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 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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
August, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 08
Putting Your Business First
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
Perhaps you've taken extensive business classes while you were at massage school. Perhaps not. Maybe you came from a previous career in business or maybe you are a novice in this wide world.No matter what your background or how much you learned in school, the question is: How much time are you putting into your business activities now?
There are many factors that go into answering this question. Are you full time or part time? Is your business growing or are you happy where it is now? Do you plan to expand or relocate any time soon? Regardless of the answers, a certain amount of time needs to go into business activities and that amount of time varies from situation to situation. The bottom line is if you want to be successful, you must contribute a solid amount of time to business activities.
At this point, some of you currently working for other people are probably thinking, "This article isn't for me." I beg to differ and encourage you to read on. Whether you are in practice for yourself, working for someone else or a combination of both, you are "in business" and should be spending time and energy on its matters. The amount of time and energy depends largely on your situation, but EVERY massage therapist should be doing something towards the business-part of their livelihood. Surprisingly enough, often it is the veterans who settle into a routine and forget to focus on business matters.
Consider this situation. You are working at a spa under an umbrella of managers who supervise and support you in all aspects of your work. The laundry is done, the linens are provided, the schedule is set and you basically show up for work. Sounds like you are not in business for yourself. What about rescheduling your clients? Isn't it the responsibility of the therapist to retain clients? Do you have a secure dialogue for your exit interview? Are the clients rescheduling? What if you are at a cocktail party or your son's soccer game and someone asks you what you do for a living? Are you able to be an ambassador for the field of massage therapy while giving a strong biography of yourself? These are business activities and whether you know it or not, you are responsible for performing many of them daily. Some of these activities happen unconsciously. Others are more planned. They are necessary and can always be improved upon no matter how long you have been in business.
If you are a sole proprietor, you already know that you need to perform business activities on a regular basis. But how much time are you devoting? If you wish to be more successful, you could probably be doing more. More often than not, the activity you dread most and the one you least like, is probably the one you should be doing. For example, consider a shy person who is not well known in the community. At the core, she knows a networking group would be beneficial to her practice but her personality doesn't lend itself to it. My suggestion: find a friend and go to a networking breakfast together. The morning meetings tend to be shorter because people are anxious to get to their jobs. They tend to be lively and if she brings a friend, she has some extra security built in. Just like we dread activities were are not good at, we tend to repeat the ones that have benefits we can see. If the networking event proves fruitful, our shy therapist might be inclined to repeat it and maybe even, go it alone.
So how much time are you putting into business activities? In the 20 years that I have been in business, I have seen a fool proof formula work 99 percent of the time: Spend 20% of your anticipated client hours on business activities. In other words, for every 20 clients that you want to see per week, spend four hours per week doing the "other" work or business activities. If you are part time and want to see 10 clients per week, then spend two hours per week on growing your business. Alter the formula according to your dream schedule. The time can encompass networking, educating clients, taking classes in business, meeting new people, sending postcards, working on your webpage... all activities that pertain to business. If you are faithful with this formula, it will work. Do the leg work and watch the effect on your career. This time commitment must be set in stone; treat the time like a paying client and don't skimp here. Too often, I see therapists say they couldn't stick to the formula for one reason or another. And then complain their business isn't going well. Don't let that be you.
No matter what your working situation, a certain amount of time needs to be devoted for business and professional development. Schedule the time like you would a client. Plan to do it with a friend. Chose the optimal time of your day to perform the activities you dread most. Whatever business activities you need to do, do it! The list is never-ending and the rewards are many. Have fun with the process.
Click here for previous articles by Jenn Sommermann, LCMT.
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