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A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
February, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 02
WIBB Exclusive: Steps to Make 2014 Your Best Year Ever
By Stephanie Beck
This is a good time of year to be planning to cultivate new growth. It doesn't matter whether you are just starting a practice or if you have been a massage therapist for a while, to get the best results, you will need to have a clearly developed plan.
I realize that answer is not sexy or complicated; it isn't a magic pill or a button to push. It just requires a little bit of time and thought. Sounds too simple right? Sometimes I come across people who ask, how is that going to help me? I'm a sole practitioner or I work for someone else, why do I need a plan? Think about this, when you start a massage, you have an end result in mind, right? You were taught a series of steps or procedures you use every time someone is on your table, correct? Depending on your training, you may start with the client in supine or prone position and either the head or feet but each time you begin a massage you always follow a series of steps (a plan), sound about right?
You were trained to follow this series of action steps and you are now able to perform a massage without having to really think about what comes next, but being able to concentrate on achieving the best results right?
So, take on that same mindset when you are approaching your practice. Develop that plan so you do not have to think about what to do next. What do you want your end result to be? Do you want to expand to a 20 room massage clinic? Do you want three more massage clinics in your area? Do you want to build the practice up to a sustainable income and be able to sell it? Do you want to maintain your current status and income and be able to continue working the same amount of hours for the next 10 years? What is your desired result?
When we first start working with our clients, we have to invest some time understanding what it is they want to achieve both short term and long term and what the final results should be. This is an important step not to be missed even if you have been in practice for any amount of time. Spend a few minutes to really think about what you want to achieve.
Avoid being a practitioner who starts "doing" lots of projects without thinking it through. Ultimately, what happens is they get so busy "doing" things they might see some initial growth, but inevitably it stagnates and pretty soon they find themselves working harder and harder and going nowhere. Sound familiar?
Maybe you can relate to feeling like you are stretched too thin and it isn't that the projects aren't great ideas; it's just that you are only one person trying to do it all. Or maybe you have others around you working and you are all working hard but you are so busy working "in" your practice instead of "on" your practice that you aren't getting the results you really want. Can you see how that might happen? Trust me, we have all been there!
So, before getting to a breaking point or worse yet, burnt out and ready to quit, give yourself permission to STOP. Now, take a breath. Then, retrain yourself to concentrate on what it is you enjoy doing most? This is so stinking simple, if you are like me, I try to over think it or complicate it too much of the time. Just ask yourself this question: "What do I enjoy doing more than anything else in the world?" And that answer, no matter what it is, is what you should be doing.
Now, I would assume for the majority reading this, the answer might be something similar to helping clients feel better. To which I ask, that's great and how do you do that? For some, one way to make the client feel better is giving a hot stone massage, for others it might be some cranial sacral or deep tissue sculpting; for me that could mean setting up a Facebook ads campaign, writing a series of auto-responders, redesigning a website or sharing my thoughts in a new book.
Here is the BIG take away, you need to figure out what is it in life that brings you the most joy when you perform it. And that, my friend, is what you should be doing daily above anything else!
Once you figure out what brings you the most joy, now determine what the plan is so all you have to do is do that one thing that makes you the happiest. To help you organize this into a format here are some steps.
Start by compiling a list of where your practice is today: Be specific, how many clients you have, where you work, how many hours a week, what is your cost per treatment, what does it cost to get a new client? What is the initial value of a client and what is the life time value of a client? (If you don't have clients yet or don't have all the answers, then list what you need to have to support your expenses.)
List where you want to be and when you want it to happen; be specific about it. How many clients do you want to have? How many hours to you want to work? Where do you want to work? In a perfect day, what would happen? When do you want all of this to take place? Include all variables of your practice: personal, professional and financial.
Imagine it is one year from today. List out what must have happened personally, professionally and financially to have made this the BEST year ever and describe what happened and how it made you feel.
Ask yourself what is the main challenge keeping you from achieving that goal (the best year ever)? More than likely there is more than 1 challenge, not to worry, keep making a list until you have all the challenges listed.
Review the list of challenges and identify the possible solutions for each of the challenges. If you don't know a specific solution to the challenge then list a solution that might help you achieve that solution. For example, you may need a website but you don't know how to build a website or even who to go to find a person to build one, so who are you going to ask or what are you going to do to potentially find the solution. (Ask friends? Look online for reviews? Ask your instructor? The goal is to list the best solution or a way in which you can get a solution to the challenge so everything has an answer or a way to start finding a solution, make sense?)
Separate the solutions into categories identifying them as "things you can do," "things you should be doing" and "things for someone else to do." Here's a hint. Those items in the "things you should be doing" category are the things you enjoy doing the most! Therefore, this should be a very limited category. So if you don't enjoy doing them, they belong in one of the other categories. Also, consider there may be things you "can" do yourself, however, spend some time really contemplating the items in this category. Evaluate if that is the BEST use of your time management or money and how quickly you want to achieve your goal. The best result for the "can" do list might be to move it to the list for someone else to do.
Prioritize your solutions to help you make next year the BEST year ever! In other words, which items do you need to do first in order to achieve your goal?
When you complete this exercise, you should have an action plan, with a list of challenges and prioritized solutions so you know where to begin and what action you need to take next. Now that you have the action plan we can start working on the individual components.
So, here is the challenge. Submit your list challenges for things you can do or items someone else should be doing in the comments below. I will help you with each of these on a monthly basis. I will provide solutions or recommendations based on my expertise, insight and support. I look forward to working with you to help make 2014 the BEST year ever!
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