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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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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?
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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 to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
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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