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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
May, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 05
Are You in a Love-Hate Relationship with Your Business?
By Irene Diamond, RT
When we are in solo-practice, being in a partnership with our business is similar to being in a relationship with a person. At the beginning of starting a business, you are in the honeymoon phase where life is all rosy, warm and loving.
You're super excited to wake up in the morning and get going. You're happy to spend lot's of time and invest tons of energy to create a solid foundation. And, deep down, you have an air of excitement of what's to come from this new developing business, right?
But then, somewhere along the way, you might get a little burnt out and frustrated with the way "they" are acting, disappointed in what "they" are not doing and there are times when we are in such a deep funk that we are ready to throw in the towel. Which phase are you at right now with your business? If you're in the "I'm ready to break up with my business and get a 'REAL' job" phase, I've got a few suggestions for you to consider, before you throw in the towel.
5 Tips To Revive The Romance In Your Business
Remind yourself WHY you started your business in the first place. Was it for more freedom or more income, so you can call your own shots, make your own hours, do things the way you want to do them? Sometimes, when we re-visit the initial reasons we went into business for ourselves, it helps us re-focus. Focus on the good things (not just the bad).
Recognize that in any relationship, it will never be all cake and ice cream. Acknowledge the fact that there will be times when "stuff" doesn't go the way you think it should or want it to go. Focus on the positive aspects of being in business for yourself and weigh out the good and the bad.
Bring Back the Romance
Gather yourself some pretty flowers and place them in your office to perk things up. Invest in a new outfit to wear to work. Buy a new set of fancy sheets or a piece of equipment that will benefit both you and your clients. Gather some of your best clients and ask them to whisper sweet-nothings about how fabulous you are as a therapist in your ear. (Okay, not really but you get my point!) Sometimes just adding a few little touches of newness or goodness will bring back the joy of being in business.
Do a serious inventory (at least once a year) to actually make a conscious decision to stay in the business relationship. Some people in business really should "break up" with their business. I encourage you to not feel as though you need to keep at it just because you started it. If you are feeling like you've created a "job" that causes you more stress, gives you less freedom and lower income when you weigh out how many hours you are working for the revenue it is bringing into your bank account, you may in fact decide this business is not for you (any more).
Recognize it may be time to move on and "see other people." Many relationships end and it is okay. Relationships (businesses) do run their course and sometimes they've been great but the owner simply wants out. Sometimes even the best businesses need to close as they are not fulfilling it's purpose anymore. I think it is important to understand, you are not (nor is it) a failure to end or breakup with your business. Think of all the good times you had together, remember all the people you were able to connect with and be joyful with the way it made your heart feel all pitter-patter in excitement. Those were good times!
(Word of caution: Don't be too quick to end the relationship, as you know the grass may be greener on the other side, but you may have to kiss a lot of frogs until you find a great match.)
Editor's Note: To read more from our expert WIBB bloggers, visit http://blog.massagetoday.com/wibb/.
Irene Diamond, RT, is the founder of the rehabilitation technique, Active Myofascial Therapy ~ The Diamond Method and creator of Successful Massage Therapist.org, the world-wide online resource for massage therapists. Irene is honored to be inducted into the Massage World Hall of Fame in 2013 for recognition of www.theDiamondMethod.com and www.SuccessfulMassageTherapist. Irene's next Active Myofascial Therapy seminar will be held August 2012 and therapists can register at http://TheDiamondMethod.com/Learn-AMT/Certification. You can also find tips from Irene by visiting the Women In Business Blog at www.massagetoday.com/wibb/.
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