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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.
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.
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."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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."
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?"
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?
December, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 12
Industry Leaders Share Their Five Keys to Business Success
By Marshall Dahneke and Jean Shea
The numbers vary depending on the study you read, but generally, the survival rate for a new small business after five years is less than 50 percent. Businesses fail for many reasons however, in this article, we'll focus on some of the key things you can do to help your business succeed.
Through our experiences, we've come to believe success is attainable for most by being optimistic, learning from failures, embracing your weaknesses, involving your team and staying on track. We also believe those in the massage profession have a better than average chance of survival due to their indisputable passion.
Within reason, what you believe is what you will achieve or become. "Attitude is the prophet of my future." Choose to believe and you'll find success to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Adversity in business is not an "if" but a "when." One of the biggest success factors is a business owner who does not get discouraged, but instead is motivated by obstacles. Nothing easy is worthwhile and nothing worthwhile is easy. Real success requires consistent hard work and dedication. Commit to what you love, love what you do and don't be afraid to take action. Think big and ask what you can change or add to the way business is currently being done. However, be aware that the payoff may not immediate. Be patient.
Fail Fast, Fail Frequently, Fail Forward
What is the fastest way to learn? To fail! Most of us need to change our view of failure. We all fail. In fact, failure is necessary and you can't afford to not take risks. Have the courage to try new things. Take risks often — just avoid "bet the ranch" decisions. Take risks in digestible, bite size chunks.
And when you fail, strive to fail fast — identify your mistakes quickly; fail frequently — take manageable risks; and fail forward — learn from failure to innovate and become more efficient. You'll then view failure as the integral path to success. Get outside of your comfort zone. Nothing will change until you take action to change it. At best, strive to create an environment where it is okay to fail. When you do, you'll have an environment that is healthy and conducive for learning, creativity and growth.
Most people can embrace new ideas, diversity and even change, yet seldom can someone embrace their own weaknesses. It's human nature to want to be perceived favorably. But personal weaknesses, if left undiscovered or ignored, can make things very difficult in business. We were most successful when we embraced our weakness — being small — and showing our customers how that benefited them. They received personal and intimate customer service because we knew them. We don't try to do everything. We simply focus on being great at what we do.
You may ultimately want to improve your perceived weaknesses, i.e., grow a small company into a larger company, but in the process, determine how your weaknesses may be a strength. If you view them as strengths, your customers will as well. When running a business, maximizing your personal strength is important, but it doesn't guarantee you success. You need to be clear about and embrace your weaknesses. For example, if you dislike math, hire an expert to do your taxes. If you're not a great writer, don't put pressure on yourself to create epic blog posts or fancy newsletters each week. Focus on smaller blog posts and simple newsletters. The opposite of success isn't failure; the opposite of success is doing nothing. Find those glaring holes in your game, dedicate a bit of time and energy and be amazed at the results. Remember, the only expert on you, is you.
Involve Your Team
The leaders who work most effectively never say, "I." That's not because they have trained themselves not to say it, they simply don't think in that singular term. They think "we" and they think "us." They understand their job is to make the team function well. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but "we" gets all the credit. They also learn how to become a true team player.
The benefits you gain from being a team player are:
Stay On Track
How important are the details in running a business? Very! Any dream without a plan will become a nightmare. Success versus failure often rests on paying attention to the details. Know what it is that you want to do and develop a plan to get there. You should create both a one-year business plan and a longer-term strategic plan. Establish metrics and milestones to define your pathway to success and pay attention to progress. If you discover you are not on track, ask why. Don't give up on your plan too quickly. Ask questions – are your strategies and metrics solid or flawed? Adjust by making course corrections. The trajectory of the first Apollo moon shot was carefully calculated well before launch, but required hundreds of course corrections after launch to successfully reach the moon.
Maybe your plan isn't to change the world; it's simply to change your life. You can do that by believing in your plan, staying optimistic, having the courage to face and overcome challenges, being willing to fail, embracing your weaknesses to leverage your strengths and building and supporting a team that complements your strengths.
You don't have to change the world to be considered a success. Changing your world in a positive way is success. Go accomplish something great, one step at a time. You're very likely to improve someone else's life in the process. And isn't that what it's really all about?
Marshall Dahneke, CEO, is responsible for global management of Performance Health's business, including people, talent and strategy development and execution to better serve customers and promote growth. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration, both from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Jean Shea is the Founder and President of BIOTONE, one of the leading manufacturers of massage lubricants in the United States. Her company has funded critical research by the Touch Research Institute in the area of massage with breast cancer patients. Currently, they support the Massage Therapy Foundation Community Service Grants to help make massage available to all communities.
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