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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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?"
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."
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
October, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 10
Find Success in Mastering the Art of Divine Right Timing
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Lynn McKenzie recently made more than $43,000 in less than a week. And she credits it largely to the moon. A well-known energy healer, she's been offering individual and group programs for years. Yet she never experienced this much success so quickly.
What shifted? Sure, we helped her craft a great marketing plan. But surprisingly, it had less to do with what she was doing than when she was doing it. Because we also taught Lynn how to use one of the world's most effective energetic barometers – the moon – to add impact to her marketing efforts ... without having to work harder. That's what we call the art of Divine Right Timing. You see, as human beings, we're all naturally affected by the rhythm of the energies around us. Even if we're not consciously aware of it.
We know the moon controls the tides. And since our bodies are made up of virtually the same stuff as the sea, it only makes sense that we're also affected by the moon's energy. Why do you think some people get a little crazy during the full moon? Because on a visceral level, we're still unconsciously responding to these ancient rhythms.
Now imagine what can happen when you're aware of the invisible pull the moon has on your energy – and the energy of your potential clients. Imagine how much easier it would be to connect with them and meet them where they are, so you can help them take the next step in their healing journey with you. The rhythms of the moon hold the key. And each phase is perfectly aligned to specific steps you can take to grow your practice.
The New Moon: Inspiration and Creation
The New Moon is all about new beginnings and fresh starts. Think of it as a reset button for the human psyche. Every month, at the beginning of the lunar cycle, we have an opportunity shake off the past and step into something brand new. This makes the New Moon the perfect time to dream about the future of your holistic business and to begin taking inspired action toward your goals.
Use the energy of this phase to connect your potential clients with what's possible when they make the wise decision to invest in themselves through your services. Time frame: This cycle beings on the day of the New Moon and carries over for three days.
The Waxing Moon: Growth and Expansion
The Waxing Moon helps you express the energy of growth and expansion in your practice. Which makes it a great time to step up your marketing and social-media exposure. As the moon is growing, harness that energy by stretching into something you've been avoiding or resisting. The inspired actions you take during this phase gain momentum as the moon's light increases, creating even greater opportunities for you and your clients.
Stay focused on your goals and keep taking steps forward. Even if you can't see the results of your marketing efforts right away, trust that the seeds you plant during this phase will grow if you nurture them. Time frame: This phase begins four days after the day the New Moon is born and ends four days before the Full Moon is at her peak.
The Full Moon: Power and Confidence
Right now there are clients who would gladly invest in your services if they only knew you were here. So the Full Moon is the perfect time let your light shine. Plan activities that allow you to be highly visible and accessible to your potential clients. Tap into the energy of this phase to help you take bold steps forward. When you do, you put the Law of Attraction into full swing. And all kinds of opportunities begin to open up for you and your clients.
By aligning with the light of the Full Moon, you're being asked to step outside of your comfort zone and claim your role as the powerful co-creator of your business and your life. Remember, as long as you're taking steps forward, you can't fail. Time frame: This powerful, magical energy is alight three days before and three days after the peak of the Full Moon.
The Waning Moon: Letting Go
As the moon decreases in the sky, it's time to slow down. This is not the time to push your will with brute force. Instead, look for smarter ways to accomplish your goals. Align with the energy of the diminishing moon by being willing to let go of what's no longer working for you. Remember, you can't receive new things in your business if you're clinging to old ways of thinking, doing or being. This is not about looking back with regret or shame, but identifying and releasing what needs to be changed. So take an honest look at your business to see what's not in alignment with your vision, your mission or your goals.
Also, be alert for self-sabotaging thoughts or actions during this phase. Old patterns of thought will pop up. Use the power of the Waning Moon to banish them from your subconscious mind for good. When working with clients, be willing to help them look deeply at the pain and dysfunction that has kept them stuck. And to get clear on exactly what it's costing them. By peering into the shadows, you're able to help them see what needs to be healed. Time frame: This phase begins four days after the Full Moon reaches her peak and continues until the day the New Moon is reborn in the sky.
If you're inspired to put the natural rhythms of the moon to work in your practice, all you need is a calendar that lists the New and Full Moon. (Remember, the Waxing and Waning Moons fall between these two benchmarks.) Then use the moon-phase activities we've shared here and commit to two or three for each phase. When you're in the flow of Divine Right Timing, you draw new clients to you as easily as the moon draws the tides.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
Click here for more information about Michele McGrew.
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