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What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
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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