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Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
February, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 02
Share with Your Clients the Cure for Drive-By Healing
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Sandy, a craniosacral therapist with a quick laugh, loves watching her clients' expressions when they get their first taste of freedom from pain. "I feel like a magician!" she says. Her only complaint? "I wish they'd stick around longer.They feel good after a session or two. Can you imagine how they'd feel after a few months?" Sandy is suffering with what we lovingly call Drive-By Healing Syndrome. The cure? Offering outcome-based programs designed to help your clients achieve major breakthroughs or a total transformation in their health and well-being and in their lives.
We laid out the structure for a strong holistic program in "Six Steps to Help You Establish a Six Figure Practice" (April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04). Now, here's the glue that holds it all together: holistic coaching. Holistic coaching is a set of skills that gives your clients the opportunity to reveal and fulfill their most inspiring goals. And, in the context of healing, you have valid reasons to offer programs that help your clients reach those goals in empowering ways they never could have achieved alone.
The challenge comes in setting winning coaching goals, which require a healthy dose of expertise and intuition. You're asking your clients to project themselves into the future, which can be tricky because they may not know what's possible or realistic. That's why, as their coach and health advocate, it's your responsibility to help your clients set compelling and achievable goals. Then every session in your program, whether it's hands-on or by phone, leads them toward those desired outcomes.
Because goals, like dreams, are set in the future, they ultimately reflect your clients' subconscious beliefs about what's possible for them. And those beliefs are governed by the brain's Reticular Activating System (RAS), which acts as a filter between the subconscious and the conscious mind. The RAS is a complex network of nerve cells and fibers that regulates our cardiovascular, respiratory and motor responses. It also receives all the sensory signals that come in through the central nervous system, and then it filters out what you become aware of based on what has meaning for you.
Have you ever bought a new car and then noticed that same model popping up everywhere almost overnight? That's your RAS at work bringing information into your awareness that normally would have remained in your subconscious mind. In that same way, when you consciously focus on achieving a specific goal that has purpose and meaning, your intention seeps into your subconscious mind where your RAS can watch for solutions for you.
Winning Coaching Goals
After coaching clients for nearly a decade, we've found four key conditions most helpful in setting and achieving winning goals:
1. They're specific and described in the positive.
All too often, clients come to the table with goals that aren't detailed enough for them to know when they've reached them. "I want to feel better" and "I want to lose weight" are moving targets that are difficult to measure. To help your clients transform their health and well-being in dramatic ways over time, their goals must be specific and meaningful enough to seriously motivate them. So you might ask questions like:
Notice, too, if your clients' goals are more about what they don't want rather than what they do want. If your clients are saying something like, "I don't want to feel pain when I wake up in the morning," the RAS will go rooting through the subconscious mind for something that matches "pain when I wake up in the morning." Ouch! Instead, ask your clients to swap those "don't wants" for "do wants." Saying something like, "I want to feel calm and energized when I wake up in the morning," triggers the RAS to search for feelings of calmness and energy, and bring them to the surface.
2. They're in your clients' control.
Have you ever thought everything in your life would be awesome if everyone else would just behave? (Haven't we all?) There's just one big glitch in that plan: We have zero control over other people. That's why your clients can only reach goals that are in their personal control. Imagine a client recovering from cancer who wants her doctors to stop talking down to her. Since she can only control her own actions and attitude, she could set an intention to be more relaxed, direct and assertive with her doctors. Or (here's an advanced coaching tip), you can ask her a powerful "reframe" question like this:
"What if your doctor talking down to you was no longer important to you?"
Whether she's changing her action or her attitude, your client is changing something in her control. So she's much more likely to achieve the outcome she wants.
3. Your clients must be able to tell when they've achieved them.
Coaching in the sports world is designed to help athletes reach or exceed their performance goals. While the same may be true in the health arena, your clients typically have much more at stake than a medal. Often, their entire quality of life is on the line. Yet thanks to the help of a supercharged RAS, each new success your clients achieve in any area of their lives will expand their capacity to succeed in every area of their lives. Why? Because the RAS will be looking for success and bringing it into your clients' awareness.
That's why it's crucial to encourage your clients to embody every win, big or small. They need to know when they've reached their milestones so they can celebrate and acknowledge themselves. You can help by asking coaching questions like these:
Remember, the more specific the answers, the easier it is to help your clients chunk them down into action steps that'll get them to the finish line.
4. They must be in alignment with everything else your clients value.
No matter what your clients want to achieve with your help, if there's any sense of conflict with the rest of their lives, the subconscious mind will cause them to sabotage their success. For example, if your client wants to get well enough to travel around the world, but she's a stay-at-home mom with two young children at home, she may be running a subconscious script that says reaching her goal will hurt her kids. Until she brings that belief into the light and questions it, she'll almost certainly fall short of her goal.
Now, the process of shifting beliefs is so critical to holistic coaching, we could easily write an entire book about it. (And we may!) For now, just remember to ask your clients coaching questions like these:
When you use criteria like these to help your clients set empowering coaching goals, you help their RAS make their boldest desires real. Like magic.
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