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Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
March, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 03
What's In Your Story?
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
It's been said a picture is worth a thousand words. But, maybe words are worth our attention, too. Consider Philip Pullman's comment, "After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." Stories connect us.They help define who we are. Stories make us care. Turns out science is helping to explain why stories have the power to change our brains.
Stories make us Empathic
When you make a point, engage an audience or even promote your business, a story captures attention in a way that simple facts can't. To help explain this, I turned to Paul Zak whose research has uncovered the link between stories, oxytocin and empathy. He says stories engage more of the brain and stimulate oxytocin production. Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter produced in the brain and blood that has been called the love and connection hormone. When oxytocin levels increase, we feel safe and more compassionate toward others. Oxytocin is stimulated in lots of ways. It's long been known that it increases during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. Petting a loved animal, giving a gift, loving-kindness meditation, dance, praying, hugs and massage all raise oxytocin levels. A story creates a social connection which also increases oxytocin. I've seen this first hand in my own work. When I tell a story about how a very old person responded in a session, people are moved. When I simply point out the benefits, they understand on an intellectual level but that's all. Stories reach our hearts and souls and that old person "comes alive" to the listener.
There she was, this wisp of a woman in her wheelchair, alone in this big empty dining room. Her eyes had a far-away look and every few seconds she sobbed. Was she in pain? She didn't seem to notice when I spoke to her. She rambled and I could only catch a word here and there. For several minutes, I simply sat quietly with her. Saying her name, holding her hand and stroking her arm, she looked at me for the first time. A connection! Mary accepted my touch, but the crying jags continued as she gripped my hand. It was time for me to go and as I walked away, she said in a weak, but clear voice something that shook me to the core. "I'm so lonely."
The next day, I saw her again. She lay in bed, so tiny she was barely visible under the covers. She stared at the ceiling, again crying. I took in the scene as I stood the doorway to her room. Not one picture, flower, card or anything else personal was to be found. Who was this woman? All I knew was the moment. "Hi Mary, its Ann. Can I sit next to you on your bed?" She actually nodded yes! I massaged her hands and softly stroked her hair and cheek, a touch I often use to comfort people with advanced conditions. Still, she cried every few minutes. But, she reached up and touched my cheek and even looked me in the eye. I stayed present in her little world. At one point, she took my hand to her lips, kissed it and said I love you. It was wonderful to see Mary go from profound loneliness to enjoying our relationship in her own way. As I was leaving, a nurse came in and said, "Hi Mary," quite casually like she's probably done a thousand times. And Mary, in a clear voice said, "Hi!" The nurse was clearly amazed. I walked away with a smile in my heart. Mary wasn't invisible anymore.
Reflect: How did you feel about Mary as you read my story? How might you have reacted? What therapeutic benefits can you identify? Do you think Mary's quality of life improved? In what way?
Capture Your Own Story
We create a story every time we touch someone. True, some are more memorable than others, but many are worth capturing — and sharing. But, if you're like me, the details of a story fade quickly unless we find a way to resurrect them. Here's a tip. Dedicate a notebook or journal as a place to jot down your own stories. It doesn't have to be formal. Quick notes will do. I have carried a journal in my bag that goes with me into homes and facilities. Some stories are just a line or two. The first entry is dated August, 2001. A glimpse through the pages just now has brought back such sweet memories of people who have help shaped my work and blessed my life. So share your own stories. They bring to life the power and validity of your service in the world. We'll all be listening!
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