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News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
September, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 09
Do You Consider Yourself Smart?
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
The acronym SMART is used to discuss goal setting. Goal-setting is key to changing our behavior whether mental, physical or nutritional.
We use SMART goals to help us obtain our fitness (physical) goals, and we use SMART to help us with our nutritional goals as well. For example, I set goals to keep me on track to do a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise every day. I also set a goal to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
But, being smart is also good for our mental goals. Having a SMART mental goal does not just impact your life, but you have an effect on others! The question I will ask is, "Do you consider yourself a positive person?" Positive thinking is a mental attitude that allows our mind to have thoughts, words and images. A positive mind brings happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action.
What Exactly Is SMART?
A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Because the goals are specific, you can easily measure your progress.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track and reach your target dates.
Goals must be realistic and attainable. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
To be relevant, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are willing and able to work.
A goal should be grounded within a time frame. If you want to accomplish a goal, when do you want to accomplish it by? A goal is not a plan; it's more like a wish list with a basis in reality. Then set short-term goals to reach that plan.
'With Our Thoughts We Create The World' --Buddha
Using the SMART objectives, we can become optimistic in our thinking. Being optimistic helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Being positive with others tends to be contagious. Let's think about being in a room with someone who is negative. You "feel" the negativity. Wouldn't you much rather be with the person who is smiling and thinking good things. Something as simple as giving a compliment (and meaning it) can make someone smile.
In fact, some studies show that these personality traits — optimism and pessimism — can affect many areas of your health and well-being. Positive thinking also is a key part of effective stress management.
The health benefits of positive thinking:
Having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It's also thought that positive and optimistic people live healthier lifestyles.
Here are a few actions and tips to help you develop the power of positive thinking:
Before starting with any plan or action, visualize in your mind its successful outcome. Always use only positive words while thinking and while talking: I can, I am able, it is possible, I can do it. Allow into your awareness only feelings of happiness, strength and success. Read at least one page of an inspiring book every day, such as "The Secret." Watch movies that make you feel happy. Associate yourself with people who think positively. Walk, swim or engage in some other physical activity. Think positive and expect only favorable results and situations, even if your current circumstances are not as you wish them to be. In time, your mental attitude will affect your life and circumstances. Positive thinking along with creative visualization attracts opportunities, people and the things you desire into your life!
Now you are SMART and aware of the power you have through your thoughts! Be SMART, be positive, be happy and healthy!
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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