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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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?"
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
It's Time to Spring Into Action
By Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
I've noticed a familiar drip, drip, drip sound coming from my patio this week that is putting a smile on my face. It is the sound of snow and ice slowly, but surely, melting off the roof and dripping down the gutter.Even though the last couple of winters have been more mild than usual in the Midwest, I still find myself anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring in March. While I enjoy the snow after it first falls, it always seems to turn into a slushy, dirty mess after a couple of days. Which makes it unpleasant to walk in, hike in, or simply get from my car into a building - especially when carrying a table. The disappearance of snow and the dirty snow piles makes it much easier for me to get outside on a regular basis. Since spring is now just around the corner, it is a perfect time to come out of hibernation and re-convene with nature.
Of course, we have all heard that it is good for us to spend time outside. The fact that sunlight touching human skin creates the most absorbable form of vitamin D available is a powerful testament to the importance of spending time outdoors. But, how often do you really get outside? I believe the answer to this question varies greatly depending on where people live and what their lifestyle is like. While some may be spending an abundance of time outside, my guess is that for the majority of us, there is room for improvement.
I know we all lead busy lives, but getting quality "nature" time every week is really important. There are a plethora of reasons to get outside on a regular basis - indeed, entire books have been written on the subject. Let me share with you just a few I came across. Hopefully, one or more of them will pique your interest and motivate you to spend some more time outdoors.
"Time-Out" For Adults
If your business is near a park or a quiet street, use a break in between clients to step outside for 10 minutes, and either sit on a bench or take a brief walk. If you are located near a busy street, or in a large city, I would recommend taking a brief walk with headphones and your favorite music. I, personally, would not find it relaxing to sit on a bench in the middle of Chicago. Try to forget about the phone, TV, Internet, to-do lists and family obligations for just 10 minutes. Getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge our body and mind. This is so important to us as practitioners!
Feed Your Brain
In a 2008 study, researchers at the University of Michigan found memory performance and attention spans improved by 20 percent after people spent an hour interacting with nature. We now live in a world of instant gratification and more people seem to have attention spans that are drifting in 10 directions at once. No doubt, we could all benefit from improving our ability to concentrate and remember things.
Invite New Things Into Your Life
When you leave the confines of your office or home, you enter a whole new environment, filled with new sights, sounds, smells, textures and people. By visiting a park or walking around the neighborhood, you can make new connections with people that would have never been possible. When you visit the same place at roughly the same time, you will probably start to recognize some of the faces you come across. Who knows what that might lead to: an interesting friendship or possibly a new client.
As the weather warms and the sights, sounds and smells of Spring begin to appear, I hope you will take advantage of at least one of these reasons and get outside. You, and your clients, will be glad you did.
Sharon Puszko is the owner/director/educator for Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute. She may be contacted at
or through her Web site: www.daybreak-massage.com.
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