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Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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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