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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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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