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A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
December, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 12
Gathering the Right Information: Knowing How to Receive Feedback
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Receiving feedback can be a stressful experience for all of us. There's always a chance that we'll be told something that hurts or surprises us or that we don't want to hear. While you don't have full control over the way feedback is given, you can still take steps to help move the conversation in a positive direction.If the feedback is unsolicited, notice whether you feel comfortable receiving it in the current situation. If you feel rushed, distracted or upset, ask to postpone the discussion.
As you receive feedback, make an effort to gather the information that will be most useful to you. If the person is not providing all the facts you'd like to hear, ask for them. For example, suppose you ask a client for feedback on your work with them and they respond with an opinion: "You give a great treatment." While this may feel good to hear, it's unclear exactly what the person means. Try asking for more specific details about what they've felt or observed. You'll learn much more from facts such as, "I like your treatment because you give exactly the amount of pressure that I feel I need, when you work deeply you don't hurt me, and I'm never sore after I leave."
When the feedback is critical, work to fully understand what the client is saying before sharing your own thoughts on the issue. Ask the person to give you small amounts of information at a time and paraphrase what they say to verify that what you're hearing is what they intended.
Sample Dialogue: Feedback from a Dissatisfied Client
Client: Oh no, is that it?
Practitioner: Yes, that's the end of the session. It sounds like you're disappointed. Is that right? [Clarifying what the client said.]
Client: Well, yes. I had asked you to focus on my back and you didn't spend much time on my back at all. You just kept working on my feet.
Practitioner: You're right, I did focus more on your feet and I didn't explain why or ask whether that was okay with you. I'm very sorry about that. [Apology] I was using a reflexology technique that's designed to relieve back pain through certain points on your feet. [Clarifying facts.] Does your back feel any better?
Client: Actually, I guess it does. I don't know if it was that foot thing, though.
Practitioner: I'm hearing that you're not sure whether my work on your feet was helpful. Is that right? [Clarifying what the client said.]
Client: Yeah, I can't really see how that would affect my back.
Practitioner: I felt the same way when I first learned about reflexology; it's very counterintuitive to think that working only on your feet could affect a part of your body that's so far away There are a number of different ways I could work on your back and I want to be sure you're comfortable with the methods I use. Would it be helpful for me to give you something to read about reflexology, as well as the other techniques I offer? Then you can make a fully informed decision about the type of treatment you receive. [Proposing a possible solution.]
Client: Yes, I'd like to look at that information.
Practitioner: Great. I'll gather some articles for you. And I want to thank you for speaking up when the treatment wasn't what you expected. [Thanking the client.] If anything about a session is ever disappointing to you or doesn't feel right, please let me know and I'll do my best to address it.
Points to ponder
If this client had not given any feedback, how might their unspoken dissatisfaction have affected the therapeutic relationship? How might the relationship have been affected if the therapist responded defensively?
Editor's Note: Adapted from the new forthcoming edition of The Ethics of Touch by Ben E. Benjamin and Cherie Sohnen-Moe.
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