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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 02
Essential Keys to Creating a Rich Holistic Business
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Alison Elsberry became a solo-preneur after she fell in love with light touch therapy. No longer fitting in with her traditional clinical team, she left to open her own office. Yet even as her practice grew, she sensed a deeper calling.As she opened up to her inner voice, she felt compelled to focus on helping mothers who are raising "spiritually gifted children."
To serve that big mission, Alison knew she couldn't limit her practice to individual sessions. So, she restructured it into a full-bodied business capable of supporting her clients and her higher spiritual purpose. Now, she takes women through group workshops, private retreats and long-term holistic programs that incorporate her hands-on help.
Does Alison's story ring a bell for you? Do you feel called to serve a bigger purpose through your practice? It may be time to create a holistic business that gives you the freedom to follow your highest calling. To find out, put a check mark next to each statement that feels like a "yes:"
___ You love your healing gifts, yet you know you haven't tapped all the ways you're meant to use them to fulfill your life purpose.
___ You're done struggling financially. On behalf of all the people you're here to help heal, you're ready to take a stand for your own freedom and prosperity.
___ You believe in living a holistic life as much as you believe in holistic healing. You're committed to making your needs a priority, just like you advise your clients to put their self-care first.
___ You know what's possible for people when they make a serious commitment to their health and well-being. You're determined to create the programs, retreats and workshops that make it easy for them.
___ You're giving your clients so many extras in the form of time, talent and tips that you're energetically out of balance with the modest income you're receiving.
If you checked even one statement, that's a sure sign that your spirit is calling you to expand your reach. We recommend starting with these four essential keys.
Key #1: Identify Your Big Why
Like Alison, you're probably passionate about using your hands-on gifts. The problem is, loving your process isn't enough to maintain the motivation you need to fully transform your practice. You also have to love your purpose; that deep, compelling reason you feel called to heal others every day. To sustain your commitment, take time to uncover your Big Why – your business mission and vision. It starts with a mission statement that captures the essence of what you're most meant to do. Follow these three simple steps to craft yours:
Now, combine your answers to the three steps above into one powerful statement:
My mission is to _______, _______ and _______ (your three verbs)______________ (your core value or values) to, for, in or with ______________ (the group or cause that most inspires you).
For example: "To uphold, discover and support trust, honesty and integrity in all relationships." "To create, nurture and maintain an environment of growth, challenge and unlimited potential for boys and girls." "To communicate, create and validate freedom of body, mind and spirit to women." "To recognize, promote and inspire the divine connection in myself and others." "To inspire, encourage and support creativity, empowerment and joy in women in the healing arts."
Notice how a mission statement creates a meaningful framework that inspires you to step forward? Now, add your vision to the mission for even more motivation. Simply ask yourself, "What do I want the world to look like after people have been touched by my work?" As you roll the question around, jot down any thoughts, words or scenes that come to mind. Then, write it and refine it until all you have left is the image of the world you want to live in.
Key #2: Claim Your Divine Right Client
As a compassionate caregiver, you couldn't possibly have the time, energy or resources to save the world. But you are perfectly suited to take good care of your own special corner. You have a unique set of talents and strengths and a distinct essence that you were born to give and receive. This constellation of who you are makes you the perfect practitioner for some people and the wrong practitioner for others. Release the guilt that comes from the mistaken belief that you need to help everyone. Like Alison, stake your claim on your Divine Right Clients – those people you feel most called to help now. By focusing all your intention and your resources on them, you'll expand your opportunities to attract them.
Key #3: Map Out Your Pathway to Prosperity
Once you know your Big Why and your Divine Right Client, the next key is to map out a sustainable business model that allows you to serve more people in less time with less effort. Alison uses a proven model we call a Prosperity Pyramid (Fig. 1) that puts her high-end programs at the top and her entry-level services at the bottom. Then she offers multiple price points and healing opportunities on the way up.
In this particular model, potential clients get to know Alison by connecting with her personally or hearing her speak and then visiting her website. From there they can invest a modest fee for a group experience that brings them to a breakthrough in their health. Inspired by seeing what's possible, they continue to move up the pyramid pathway into luxurious private retreats and programs, where Alison serves at her greatest capability – and receives a generous income in return. This is one of several Prosperity Pyramids that are proven to help hands-on practitioners like you build the foundation for a six-figure business. By using this essential key, you not only serve without sacrifice, but you also become a model for what's possible for your clients. As Marianne Williamson said, "As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
Key #4: Receive the Full Value of Your Healing Gifts
By using the first three keys, you'll be on your way to transforming your practice into a holistic business. To fulfill your mission, however, you also need to be willing to receive its gifts. Alison has been using these same principles of prosperity with surprising results. She was recently tapped to be interviewed as a leader in her community. "I feel like I should pay you," the interviewer told her after their pre-interview meeting. "I got so much out of this experience. Your presence is worth paying for." Speechless, Alison simply allowed herself to receive the compliment. Then she thought, "Wow, it pays to be myself." That's what we call holistic wealth.
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