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Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
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.
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