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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
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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