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Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
December, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 12
Three Ways to Train Your Mind for More Clients
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Susan is a healer and teacher who's been practicing for 15 years. She loves what she does. And she's good at it. Yet she has a deep belief that people won't pay for her services. So even though she keeps her fees low, she has a hard time getting clients to say yes.And the ones who do come, often complain about her rates.
Natalie, a colleague of Susan's, thinks there are plenty of people willing to invest in their health. Even though her fees are substantially higher than Susan's, she easily attracts new clients. And they typically stay with her for months, even years at a time.
Here's what's interesting ... these two women graduated from the same training institute. Susan was Natalie's instructor. Yet Natalie's business is booming, while Susan still feels stuck. Why are these two women with the same training manifesting such different results?
The answer comes down to attitude. Natalie's open mind is naturally attractive to clients. Yet, in Susan's defense, we're always manifesting something, whether we like it or not. That's because our experiences are being controlled by our subconscious minds.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, says, "We operate 95 to 99 percent of our lives from subconscious programs. Your subconscious beliefs are working either for you or against you, but you are not controlling your life, because your subconscious mind supersedes all conscious control." The good new is, you can rewire your subconscious mind. Here are three techniques you can practice over the course of a day to cultivate a client-attractive mindset.
Give Your First Fruits to Spirit
While this technique is hinted at in the Old Testament, it's a practice that's more about energy than religion. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, "Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine." The Bible, like all spiritual texts, is written in layers. So there's a deeper spiritual meaning hidden in this verse. When you honor your connection to God, goddess, Holy Spirit, all that is — or whatever name represents the divine for you — you supercharge your manifestation efforts. Because the nature of the divine is to expand and create more life.
The key to making this technique work? Making it a habit. We recommend doing it first thing every morning, before your mind gets bogged down with the demands of your day. By giving your first fruits — your first thoughts of the day — you're making your connection to spirit a priority.
How you do this is up to you. You can meditate, walk in nature, do some journaling or read an inspiring book. The only thing you want to avoid in the process? Technology. (If you check email or Facebook while you're still in bed, we're talking to you.) So here's your challenge: For the next 21 days, take 17 minutes each morning to consciously connect to your personal expression of spirit. You'll be surprised at how clear, centered and happy you feel. And then your experiences will begin reflecting that happiness back to you.
A.I.M. for More of What You Want
Now that you've started your day off right, one of the best ways to cultivate a positive mindset is a technique we call "A.I.M." — Anchor, Integrate and Manifest. It's based on the natural law of resonance, which tells us that things of a like vibration will naturally gravitate toward each other.
Whenever you have an experience you want more of, you've already activated the energetic template for that experience. When you anchor and integrate that template in your body, you set up the internal vibration to attract more of those same experiences. Let's take our friend Leslie for example. Whenever she finishes a powerful session, she immediately takes a few minutes to sit and gaze out the window of her Montana home. Yet as she looks at the mountains, she doesn't think — she feels back to the session she just had. And to the sensation she gets in her body when she has the privilege of seeing someone transform in her presence.
We've all experienced those magical moments with our clients – when time and space seem to slip away and everything's flowing in divine right order. Yet Leslie is doing something brilliant most healers forget: She's setting up the energetic template to manifest more amazing sessions just like that one.
You can do the same thing. But first, you've got to start with your schedule. When you're booking clients, give yourself an extra 15 minutes in between.
Then follow these three simple steps:
That's what makes this process more effective than using affirmations. With affirmations — where you're acting as if — you're trying to generate an emotion you may not subconsciously believe. But with the A.I.M. Technique, you're using the energy and sensation that's already there to plant the seeds for more. And it can't help but multiply.
Make Time for Sensual Gratitude
Now that you've practiced the first two techniques, wrap up your day with gratitude. Now we know, gratitude's not a new spiritual tool. If you're like us, you've been keeping a gratitude journal since Oprah told you to. But we're talking about using gratitude in a very different way.
Most of us live in a perpetual cycle of stress and worry. Stress over what we've experienced already — and worry about what's going to happen next. But when we're caught in a no-win cycle like this, our consciousness is split between the past and the future. And very little of us exists in the present. Yet in our exploration of gratitude, we discovered a hidden alchemical side-effect: Gratitude has the ability to transport you through time — calling the parts of you that are stuck in the past or the future into the present moment. And the present moment is where all potential resides.
When you use the energy of gratitude to come into present time, you open yourself up to receive the creative support that surrounds you at all times. The secret to doing this effectively is a simple spiritual technology we call Sensual Gratitude. Here's how you do it: Take a few moments and allow each of your physical senses to light up: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. Then notice what's in your immediate environment that you're thankful for right now. And dwell on it with each of your senses.
For example, "I'm grateful for this cup of tea. For its warmth in my hands. The sweetness of the honey. The smell of camomile. The way the steam rises from the cup. The silence of the evening." See how easy that is? It's deceptively simple, yet it has a powerful effect on the mind. In a few seconds, it acts like a reset button that relieves you of stress and worry. And it gives you access to the infinitely creative spirit that's flowing through you right now. It also shifts your focus to the positive experiences in your life — just before your conscious mind checks out for the night. Which means your subconscious mind can integrate those feelings of calm, joy and expansion while you sleep.
Susan's been practicing these three techniques every day for the last few months. And she just sent us an email to tell us she signed a new client for a 6-month program. Now she's starting to believe that maybe, just maybe, there are people out there who really will invest in their health. And they're starting to find her.
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