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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
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.
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.
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?"
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.
September, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 09
Your Dog Can Help You Grow Your Business
By Cary Bayer
A dog, so the proverb goes, is a man's best friend. A dog also might be a massage therapist's best teacher. It can certainly be a massage therapist's inspiration for a new business program.
A dog embodies so many qualities of the enlightenment described by the world's great teachers — from Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu in the East, and Jesus and Mohammed in the Middle East — that it's hardly a coincidence that dog is god spelled backwards. If you'll allow me to speak colloquially like they used to in the Old West...Doggonit, a canine can help inspire you to grow your business.
Canis lupus familiaris, as scientists call the family dog, demonstrates not just love, but a form of unconditional love that's hard to find in our world. What husband and wife don't like to think that their partner loves them unconditionally? Many a husband, who's turned his head a little too long to gaze at the "hottie" in a mini-skirt passing through the mall, has discovered how quickly his spouse's love is less than unconditional. What if a woman gains 75 pounds? Unfortunately, that has moved far too many men in our disposable culture to be on the lookout for a slimmer (and, while they're at it, newer) model.
Express Your Love
I'm not asking you to love each of your clients unconditionally. But, as a business coach for massage therapists, I'd like to give you a massage marketing tip: if you can find it in your heart to express more love for these people who help you pay your bills and enjoy your lifestyle, you'll set yourself further apart from other therapists. Loving them while they're on your table is essential; so, too, is loving them and caring about them even when they're not on your table. If you haven't seen them in a while — more than a month if they're weekly clients, more than six weeks if they see you biweekly, and more than two months if they see you monthly — give them a call to make sure they're feeling all right.
To your dog, it doesn't matter how much you weigh, it doesn't matter how many hotties and hunks you stare at, it doesn't even matter how many other dogs you pet. Your dog is your pal forever. They love you unconditionally to their dying breath. A dog will greet you with a wagging tail and endless licks and kisses. (Does your wife or husband do that? I didn't think so.) You can yell at a dog in anger, and they will perhaps cower away in fear, but an hour later, they completely forgive you of such unconscious cruelty. Most spouses are less forgiving. Here's another massage marketing tip for you: forgive your clients for their mistakes, like showing up late or forgetting appointments, and they will feel your love and forgiveness.
Express A Heart Of Service
Another quality that dogs show us in abundance is service. It's a quality that's second nature to a dog. Make that first nature. There are many dogs that, if shown how, will retrieve the slippers of their masters on a nightly basis. The service that a dog manifests for his man rivals that of the most refined Jeeves-like butlers. Here's yet another canine massage marketing tip for you: As you rub your dog's belly tonight, let some of his spirit of service rub off on your hands and your clients will feel the spirit embodied in those hands, and will feel that much more cared for. You are, after all, in service to your clients. Embody that service and they will want their bodies on your table more frequently.
Focus On The Present
Eckhart Tolle wrote a best-selling book called The Power of Now, in which he elucidated the necessity for, and advantages of, keeping yourself in the present moment as compared to looking over your shoulder at the past or into the future that has not yet come. A dog never dwells in what once was, nor are they obsessed with what may or may not be on its way. They are firmly and resolutely focused on the present. Even when lying down to catch some shut-eye, they often will keep one of those eyes open to the goings on of the humans around them, just to stay present. Cultivate presence of mind and your clients and staff will feel that presence. Here's still another massage marketing tip for you: stay in the present during massage and in all other things that you do in your business and people will enjoy being around you. That will attract them to want to do business with you, as well. And that grows your business.
Enthusiasm, from the Greek entheos means "in god." If the wagging tail of a dog doesn't remind you to stay enthusiastic, nothing else can. Retrievers of the Golden and Labrador type, for example, are perfect embodiments of an enthusiasm that's hard to top in this world. A human being can throw the same ball to the same Retriever over and over again but, while the person might soon tire or be bored from this repetition, the dog will never tire.
The jaded LMT far too often says, "been there, done that." But, to a Retriever, the idea cannot possibly arise. Each new toss of the ball is a brand new moment, the first time to fetch. His presence in the moment, and his enthusiasm for chasing the same thing time and time again, display the kinds of freshness that points to an awakened state of being that our great teachers have both explained and embodied.
Here's a final massage marketing tip for you: cultivate enthusiasm for your clients, your work, your staff (if you have one) and your prospects, and your capacity to succeed will be optimized. Greet every client with mental and emotional freshness. Each massage you give them is like the first time. It doesn't have to be the same treatment over and over again. Your dog greets everyone he knows who enters your home as an opportunity for play. So can you.
With all of these things that dogs teach us, who really are the masters? Perhaps they love to awaken us so much that we're like our teachers' pets.
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