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Correcting Rib Dysfunction: Improve Patients' Pain, Posture and Breathing
As chiropractors, we tend to focus on the spine, and rightly so. Many problems our patients face can be corrected by manipulating the correct spinal level.
The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 2)
The primary channels (main channels) are introduced in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, these channels are referenced in many chapters throughout the Su Wen and the Ling Shu. The primary channels have become the main channel system used in TCM.
A Brief History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Doctoral Programs
A doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine has been a goal of the profession since its beginnings in the late 1970s. At that time, however, the maturity of the educational institutions and the regulatory environment made it a goal with only a distant completion date.
VF Works / DMX Works Epilogue: Almost Two Decades Later, the Lawsuits Continue
An article in the March 8, 1999 edition of Dynamic Chiropractic examined whether then-VF Works / Nu-Best Franchising was selling its franchises illegally to doctors of chiropractic.
Gather & Grow
I recently attended a faculty seminar held by one of the acupuncture schools. There was a facilitator who led us through some very interesting experiences. The attendees were a diverse group with varying opinions.
The Large Intestine Official
The large intestine (AKA colon) is the great eliminator, or as J.R. Worsley called it, "The Drainer of the Dregs." Dregs are defined as the remnants of liquid with its sediment left in a container, or the basest, least valuable portion of anything.
Near-Infrared Therapy for Diabetic Neuropathy
The pain experienced by people with diabetes is a symptom of diabetic neuropathy. The impact on quality of life is significant. Pain makes walking difficult, sleep troublesome, and eventually contributes to a decrease in social interaction.
Treating the Lower Pelvis (Pt. 2): Midline Structures and Fascia
My previous article [October 2016 issue] outlined evaluation and treatment of pelvic issues involving the sacrotuberous ligament and the pubic symphysis. Now let's discuss two case studies that illustrate how to address additional problematic areas of the pelvis.
Spiritual Initiation: Opening Your Higher Healing Abilities
People drawn to the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine tend to be those who march to the beat of a different drummer.
TCM & the Caregiving Population: Treatment Considerations & Our Vital Role
Informal caregiving is increasingly a reality for many Americans who find themselves providing unpaid care for a loved one or a family member with a long-term, terminal, or chronic illness.
Advancing the "Whole Organ" Spine Model
Historically, the human spine has been organized by body region utilizing specific anatomical landmarks and transition zones.
House Calls With Dad
My father was a chiropractor and he did house calls. On Wednesday nights, while my mother attended the weekly women's meeting at the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs hall in our small town, dad loaded up the portable adjusting table, fired up the Pontiac and drove off to treat a few patients in their homes. I went with him.
Latest Cassidy Study on Stroke Risk Published
The latest study to investigate whether a unique association between chiropractic manipulation and risk of cervical artery dissection / stroke exists has yielded similar encouraging findings, with the authors noting "no excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care" and no significant risk difference between patients receiving care from a DC or a primary care medical provider.
ICA Goes on the Vaccine Offensive
Have you watched the vaccination documentary, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe," by Andrew Wakefield MD, director, and Del Bigtree, producer? This is the documentary Robert DeNiro was pressured to remove from his Tribeca Film Festival.
Paperwork Done Wrong, Done Right
I was visiting a doctor's office recently and a member of his staff brought a stack of forms to his private office and laid them on the doctor's desk. She informed him he needed to complete the forms for patients and a few third parties.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter
New estimates suggest more than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. The medical significance of this statistic is astounding.
AOM Residency at NUNM
Imagine you're a recent acupuncture graduate, worried about making enough income as you forge your new career and seek more in-depth training in a particular treatment style.
Getting Unstuck: Healing From Trauma With TCM, Qigong & Movement
We all come into this world vulnerable, with seeds to grow into our strength. Some of us — through a combination of good fortune (i.e., family and culture we are born into, constitutional inheritance, or ability to learn) grow with minimal interruption from traumatic injuries and experiences.
Helping Patients With Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease (PD), a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects motor function, has a slow onset over time.
Chiropractic in Texas Is Under Attack
The profession of chiropractic faces an unprecedented challenge in Texas, an attack that is more aggressive, sustained and dangerous than anything previously seen. The medical lobby has launched a coordinated, multi-front assault.
4 Things Every DC Should Know About Levels of Care & Prevention
As health practitioners, we help people with their health problems and assist them with health promotion and disease prevention.
Reader Beware: Consider the Source
The aftermath of last year's presidential elections brought a running conversation on the role played by "fake news" that was largely presented via social media.
December, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 12
Building a People-Powered Business by Cultivating Relationships
By Marshall Dahneke and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
Order stacks of business cards, put on your sharpest outfit, and shake as many hands as possible. If this classic vision of networking fills you with dread, we have good news for you — you can skip it.Sure, traditional networking might bring short-term gains. But to build a successful, and fulfilling career, focus instead on cultivating relationships. Long-term, sincere connections propel your business forward and ultimately make life worth living. Harnessing the power of people in this way relies on authenticity; there's no single way to proceed. We'll explain how we've forged these connections in our own careers and outline some guiding principles. But in the end, "networking" only works if you honor your own style and strengths.
The Un-Networking Approach
We're not suggesting transforming every business associate into a best friend. Over time, a professional contact might cross into your personal sphere. However, this won't happen every time and isn't required. What we're emphasizing is this: People form the backbone of your life and your business. You need a support system to succeed in either. To begin building it, turn the tables on networking, focusing on what you can do for someone else rather than what they can do for you. This can be as simple as treating a client well without immediately expecting a big tip or referral, or as grand as making a cross-country trip for an event important to a collaborator.
As the great Stephen Covey said, "Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people." View each interaction with others through a long-term lens, recognizing it as a contribution into your bank of goodwill. The return on investment? A powerful community of people willing to help you because of all the support you've given them.
I'm a natural people person. In The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell describes three personality types: mavens, salesmen, and connectors. I'm often called a connector. I know a lot of people — and enjoy introducing them to others with complementary goals and interests. The entire foundation of my business rests on relationships I've built. When I meet someone, I almost automatically consider how I can help him or her. I genuinely, sincerely want to improve people's lives, whether by bringing them pain relief through massage or supporting their growing business.
When I was working as a business development consultant, a well-respected massage therapist and athletic trainer made a video and placed my client's product on his cover. I flew to the National Athletic Trainers' Association show in Kansas City to meet with him and even purchase some videos. In this way, I demonstrated that I didn't just want to take from him — I wanted to build a solid connection. Now, 20 years later, our relationship has flourished. If I needed something, I could pick up the phone and reach him, and vice versa.
In my massage therapy business, I incorporate small gestures to show clients I care. I make notes about their health issues, their families, and outside interests, and check in between appointments. I have one couple who have been clients for 20 years. I sent cards and gifts to their kids when they graduated high school and college. The clients didn't expect that, but they certainly appreciated it. I know they'd never hesitate to send a friend or family member to me. I call this getting "sticky" with your relationships. What you're building are "PECs" (personal-emotional connections) that really put the magic in your relationships and earn you the trust of others. This goodwill serves you especially well in intimate, wellness-focused massage therapy, but this helps in any field, and also carries over into the rest of your life.
Lynda may be people-focused, but my personality style leads me to emphasize the tasks and results necessary for good business. Throughout my career, I've found ways to turn these tasks into opportunities for establishing and deepening connections. I start by scheduling time on my calendar to be with people — walking the floors of the plant to talk to operators, eating lunch with employees, making visits to business connections when I travel. During these interactions, someone might give me an idea or share a thought that turns into a business strategy. Also, by listening closely, I learn about personal needs I can easily fill.
Take the time I discovered the challenging situation of a family I knew in Indiana. They wanted their sick mother to stay at home; I was working for a company that made hospital beds, and I delivered one personally. From then on, I was practically an extended member of their family. Or, the time during one of my regular rounds when an acquaintance jokingly mentioned needing help weeding a flowerbed. I showed up with a local teenager and spent three hours plucking dandelions from among daisies and marigolds. That certainly blew this person away and provided evidence of my investment; the work we did together afterward was enhanced because of it.
We don't think networking "tips and tricks" work without solid connections underneath them. So instead, we offer these guiding principles to relationship-building:
When you reflect on your career and your life, you won't remember the extra meeting you attended or project you completed. Instead, you'll recall what you did for someone else, the difference you made in their life and the difference other people made in yours. We strive to do well in our careers in order to do good in the world, and finding ways to integrate these two can add daily joy to the journey. Conduct all your interactions with this knowledge and intention, and you'll not only soar professionally, you'll look back years later with little regret and greater joy and satisfaction.
Marshall Dahneke, CEO, is responsible for global management of Performance Health's business, including people, talent and strategy development and execution to better serve customers and promote growth. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration, both from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Lynda Solien-Wolfe is Vice President, Massage and Spa at Performance Health. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been in private practice in Merritt Island, Florida for more than 20 years. Lynda graduated from Space Coast Health Institute in West Melbourne, FL.
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