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AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
May, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 05
Establishing Your Own Success Squad
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
In 1996, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote It Takes a Village, discussing the impact individuals and groups outside the family have on a child's well-being. The country reveled in the concept and the catch phrase immediately became common vernacular.Long gone are the days of stay-at-home moms where undivided attention to homework and play helped to shape a child's future. The nuclear family spends less time together, leaving day-care providers, athletic coaches and teachers to pick up some of the responsibility of raising a child. Grandparents, neighbors and friends often round out the village circle. It is the way of the world. In fact, pressed to describe my own upbringing, I would list at least 20 individuals who had a hand in my nurturing and development. I am grateful to all of them for shaping me into the woman I am today. This "village" concept is so widely accepted that it has transcended familial boundaries and now applies to many areas, including the business model.
If you speak to any successful business person, I am sure each one can share a story of someone who helped them along the way. No one succeeds alone. Sure, there are solo entrepreneurs but there had to be a "helping hand" or "leg up" during the initial phase or when things got difficult. I recall my own early days in business. Armed with everything I learned in practice management classes in massage school, I found I was still clueless. I made a ton of mistakes and often ponder how much faster my success would have been if they hadn't been made. About a year into my private practice, I was fortunate enough to meet a very special person who shaped my future. Andy became my mentor and rather than make mistakes, I learned from his. I followed in his shoes and path for ten years and to him I credit a large part of my success.
In addition to someone like Andy, there is a lot of help at your disposal. A wise person said, "Being smart is not having all the answers, it is knowing where to find them." The trick is to know where to look and whom to ask. At this point, I will mention the term "dream stealer." I don't mean the kind of person who steals your idea and runs with it. I mean someone who paints themselves as a devil's advocate and often has your best interest at heart; someone who maybe suggested you wouldn't be happy as a massage therapist or is currently second guessing your employment choices. They are often our family, friends and loved ones and while I don't want you to shut them out, I would suggest that you refrain from putting them into your Success Squad.
The Success Squad is analogous to Hillary Rodham Clinton's village but in the business sense. The Squad can encompass a couple of people or can be as large as a football team. There are no rules about who is in the Squad. The Squad consists of all the resources you rely on to help make business decisions. It can be websites, people, groups, higher powers, books, recordings, paid personnel, family, friends and heck, even your dog, Spot. Everyone in your Squad must be your biggest fan. Everyone in your Squad must truly want you to succeed. Everyone in your Squad must celebrate you, enliven you, cheer for you and propel you toward your highest business goal. If not, please consider not including them in the Squad.
Up until the day he died, my dad was my "dream stealer." I could talk to him about almost anything ... sports, food, politics, gardening, relationships. But when it came to business matters, he was old school. He was the type of man who worked at the same company for 40 years, retired with the gold watch and couldn't understand why I was "wasting" my college degree. It took me years of trying before I finally realized I couldn't share my business goals and dreams with Daddy. My Mother, on the other hand, is my personal cheerleader and would jump off a building with pom-poms if I asked her. She will always be part of my Success Squad and I still consult her on many of my business decisions. Consider who currently supports you in your life and if they are not your cheerleader, leave them off this particular list.
So who can you add to your Success Squad and how do you go about finding them? Ideally, you are looking for resources that inspire you and celebrate you, but also have some business sense and common sense. They don't have to necessarily be in the massage industry but knowledge of the service and/or healthcare industry is a plus. Here is a quick list of resources to help you get started:
This list is just a small sample of the resources that are at your disposal. Start with your immediate circle and ask for references or mentors. Start with those you know and trust and then go to who they know. Keep expanding the circle until you find the resources that can help. Chances are there are recommendations waiting for you, if you open yourself up and ask for help.
Most folks with entrepreneurial spirit like the idea of flying solo. We wish business success could come from us alone. It is our nature, but it is also foolish. It is the wise business person who recognizes resources, asks for help and accepts it. There is no excuse for not being successful, especially when there is so much help at your disposal. So pick up the phone, text a friend, write an e-mail or open your window and shout to your neighbor; start creating your Success Squad this very minute.
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