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Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
June, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 06
Remember to Do the Right Thing
By Angie Patrick
My Dad was always best at giving this advice. If ever I brought to him a question for which I looked to him for guidance, he would always ask me, "What would be the right thing to do?" This has served as my compass for as long as I can remember.As a grown adult, this deceptively simple means of righting my own course has served me well in more instances than I can count, both personally and professionally. On a personal basis, doing the right thing is not always easy, but it is certainly best. The same holds true in business, and to say that doing the right thing is always easy is a complete falsehood.
In fact, doing the right thing in business is often the HARDEST thing to do. And yet, I can never recall an instance where I had regret when doing that which is the right thing for the circumstance. Actually, it is really much easier to forgive individuals for shortcomings than it is to forgive a business for a mis-step. For an individual, we all do a pretty fair job of internalizing and providing an empathetic response, because an individual seems so much more personal. When it is a business that stumbles, we often want to crucify them on the phone, and fire up blogs/newsletters/social media with our story. I always found this dichotomy interesting. I guess I am old school and of the opinion that stuff happens. Anyone can falter or make a mistake, even companies. The true test of character comes into play when you observe how an entity tries to recover from an issue. This is when you really see what someone or something is made of.
Let's take the practical example of gift certificates. Either you hate them or you love them. Many people hate them because they require upkeep and records keeping. Many more love them because you are selling your services for the future but receive cash now! They can certainly create a fluid cash environment for you during slow times or times when you cannot see all the clients who want to see you! As beneficial as these things are though, there is a seedy underbelly. The negativity comes about when someone who has received a gift certificate allows it to lapse, and then brings it to you for servicing. What do you do?
I know people who hold strong and fast to the expiration dates, and this is the reason they do; they feel you have been given ample time to make an appointment, and should you have missed that opportunity, they would rather not service you than to have numerous gift certificates out there with opportunity for redemption at any time. A cut-off date is just that, a date in which something is cut off. And to this way of thinking I have to say, I can see the points. No one likes things unfinished or leaving things dangling, however; I should also share with you the flip side of this.
The customer who was just politely told her gift certificate was no longer valid, just called her girlfriend and let her know just how much she thought of this policy, who in turn texted her hairstylist who had an appointment booked and encouraged her to cancel because of the way you had treated her girlfriend.
Then later that day, the original customer fires off a nastygram on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and anywhere else she can gain traction to inform as many people as she can gain within her sphere of influence and share with them the bad experience she had with your practice. In sum, there is really no telling how many people just got an earful about you and how dissatisfied someone somewhere was with your policy and service level. But you can bet it has been shared over many networks and over many channels, and gauging how this might impact your company brand is really difficult to tell. You may never know what that decision cost you in the long run.
Conversely, what horrific circumstance could possibly happen if you just simply allow the client to use the gift certificate? Besides diffusing a situation you can bet the customer is ready to dispute, you have totally met and exceeded someone's expectations. Further, you have taken what could have been a confrontational experience and turned it into something that no one was expecting, and that is a stance of generosity.
Now guess what happens? Rather than your client texting her girlfriend to complain, she is now texting to rave about you, and how you honored her gift certificate despite the expiration date, and how you made her feel like a million bucks and did it with a smile on your face! She is re-booking and will be in next week for another visit! She will also likely post on her social network about what a fantastic therapist you are and how your skills rival that of an angel! Now, thanks to her, there is positive chatter going on about you, your business and your skills. You have lost only one hour of your time, and you have made a new customer happy, got a re-booking, and have positive reviews flowing like champagne. How is this a bad thing?
You really cannot buy this kind of word of mouth promotion, and it really cost you nothing. You have been, after all, paid for an hour's massage, and that is exactly what you delivered. So in total, you have lost nothing but gained so much. So, what does this say about doing the right thing? For me, it is another example of how taking my Dad's advice and simply, "Doing the Right Thing" can save you heartache and drama down the line. Thanks Dad, for this great lifelong lesson. I will continue to use this as my rudder for all of the tough decisions life tosses my way both personally and professionally.
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