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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
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.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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