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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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
From Stressed Out to Self Care
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
What does climbing a rock wall have to do with self-care? It's all about reaching new heights of self-awareness by renewing, revitalizing and jump-starting your spirit. Do you have to climb a rock wall to achieve this? Certainly not.The point is to do something outside the box, something that stretches you beyond your comfort zone and challenges you to focus on yourself.
As massage therapists we spend hours taking care of other people's needs. Yet many therapists shy away from spending time and money on their own needs. If this rings true for you, join me as I share my experience of climbing out of my box and into a new awareness of myself. I hope my story will inspire you reach new heights of consciousness.
Climbing Out of the Box
Self-care begins with how we spend our time. This concept became clear to me when my best friend and I recently celebrated our birthdays at Canyon Ranch Spa Miami. In the middle of this get-away I turned to my friend and said, "Wow, how different would all of our decisions about life be if we could make them in the absence of stress?" Under stress we see time as the enemy. When we are fighting the clock, we fail to see the possibilities available to us. Instead of enjoying our time and making empowered decisions, we react to situations and put off the "good stuff."
By taking a few days to care for my body and spirit, I felt the pressure of time slip away. For three days I did exactly what I wanted. I ate when I was hungry, worked out, rested and had an absolute blast laughing at myself doing Zumba. Then, I made the stretch... although I'm terrified of heights, I decided to move way out of my comfort zone by challenging myself to climb a rock wall. Getting up the wall was tough. I can tell you it took six attempts, each time getting a little higher than before. But with the support and encouragement of my best friend and my instructor, Wally, I made it.
Then it was time to come down, which meant I had to actually let go of the wall. Much like life, letting go can be scary. It requires us to release our sense of control. Even with the harnesses securely in place, I felt my heart race with the fear of falling. At points I wasn't sure I was going to make it. The only thing I could do was to feel the fear and do it anyway. That sense of overcoming my fears and succeeding at something was so motivating. Yet it also made me realize how much time we all spend inside our comfortable box, fighting the clock, ignoring our needs. When we are slaves to our routines and we view time as the enemy, there's no space to grow, to rest and renew our spirits. There is no time to actually enjoy our lives.
How Are You Spending Your Time Currency?
There's a quote by Carl Sandburg, "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." So, if time is the currency of life, how are you spending yours? Many of us live our lives for the illusive "someday." To me, this word "someday" is the scariest word in the English language. "Someday I will... get in shape... slow down... learn how to play guitar... go back to college... have enough money to retire... begin to eat right... stop waiting and start living." That someday is your life. That someday is TODAY!
Create Your Own Self-Care Plan
When you go to the doctor's office, he or she will assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis and create a plan of care based on your needs. If you were to assess your symptoms right now, what would you discover? Are you stressed out, overwhelmed and stretched too thin? What is the diagnosis and plan of care based on your spiritual, emotional and physical needs right now? Here are some guidelines to help you come up with a self-care plan. But remember, only you can follow through and make your someday now.
Tip #1: Save for Your Own Spa-Cation
Tip #2: Let Nature Recharge Your Spirit
Tip #3: Engage Your Passion
Tip #4: Let Music Move You
Tip #5: Scare Yourself a Little
Tip #6: Invest In Yourself
Tip #7: Connect with the Divine Every Day
I could go on and on with ideas about how to honor your needs and care for yourself. But the bottom line is, you have to make the commitment to care for yourself with loving compassion.
Climbing Your Own Wall
Thomas Edison perceived that, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." And from the Scriptures, "Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up." (Gal 6:9 TLB). We often apply these principles to our work, but what would our lives look like if we also applied them to our self-care needs? How would your "someday" look then? Don't settle for a mediocre life, my friend. Spend your coins wisely.
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