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Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01
Achieve Success by Changing Your Thinking
By Kelley Pendleton, DC
One of my favorite questions is: "If I talked to you the way you talk to you...would you like me?" The answer from most people is a resounding "NO!" Let's face it. We all have voices in our heads.Those voices can either cheer us on to greatness, or they can put us down and make us miserable. If you're like the majority of people, your voices spend more time doing the latter than the former.
In today's world, we're bombarded with negative information, unrealistic physical ideals, and fear. It's no wonder our internal voices pick up on these things and reflect them back. It's so pervasive you probably don't realize just how negative your self-talk is. Try this exercise: Sit down in a quiet place for 10 to 20 minutes and try to write down every negative thought that enters your head. You may be surprised to find you can't keep up!
Typically, these patterns of self-talk do not serve us. Often, they hold us back. How can you manage or control your self-talk? There are a variety of techniques and strategies you can use. Find one that resonates for you and try it. Let's discuss a few:
Decide who and what you'll allow into your head. What kind of books and magazines do you read? What movies or TV shows do you watch? Consider adding positive and affirming items to the mix. (Tip: The news is one of the most negative and upsetting shows you can watch, filled with drama, pain, grief, and fear. If you can't give up watching the news completely, try not to watch it right after waking or just before bed as those are times when our minds are most fertile.) Check out Spiritual Cinema Circle for thought-provoking inspirational movies and short-films.
Research shows we become similar to the five people with whom we spend the most time. If you have a friend who's very negative, perhaps you should minimize the time you spend with them. If it's a spouse or other family member who weighs you down, encourage them to be more positive. (Just keep in mind that you aren't responsible for their emotions, they are. You can't force someone to change, but you can give them encouragement, resources, or guidance.)
You can't fix a problem you don't understand. Listen carefully to what your self-talk is saying. Write it down. Sometimes the act of having it out in the open is enough to take away the impact. You may even find some of your self-talk contradicts your beliefs. For example, you might believe in a generous and abundant universe, but your self-talk whispers "money doesn't grow on trees" or "I can't afford that." Once you know what you're telling yourself you can take steps to neutralize the negativity.
Replace Negative Thoughts
Strive to stop your negative self-talk in its tracks. As soon as you recognize a familiar negative self-talk pattern, replace it with a positive, powerful, and truthful statement or an affirmation. (Simply thinking "no" or "that's not true" isn't enough.) This process is easier if you've already listened in, written down the negative thoughts, and prepared your responses. The next time that negative thought pops into your head you'll be ready!
Contradict Negative Thoughts
If the negative thought is simply untrue, remind yourself of specific examples that contradict the thought. For example, if your voices are muttering that your professional abilities are lacking, remember all the times you were able to help a client when no one else could.
Sometimes internal criticism provides insight and opportunities for change. In those cases, take steps to turn the criticism into an untruth. For example, if you tell yourself your professional skills are poor, do what it takes to increase your skills and certainty. Or, if you're hard on yourself because you're overweight, begin a healthy routine to help shed excess pounds. Once the negative thought is no longer true, you can contradict it.
Make an effort every day to focus on something positive, encouraging or affirming. Focus on thoughts and ideas that empower and energize. Seek out stories of love, courage, bravery, and hope. Find examples of your own strength, compassion, competence, and gratitude. The more you look, the more you'll find!
Sometimes the negative self-talk is more than one can handle on his or her own. In those situations, professional assistance may be helpful.
With a little time and effort, most negative self-talk patterns can be disrupted and shifted to serve you better. Imagine your mind as a creative, fertile garden where the tiniest seed can be nourished into fruition. This is true for "seeds" of doubt, pessimism, anger, fear, jealousy, and low self-esteem. It's equally true for "seeds" of love, respect, appreciation, optimism, and certainty. You have a choice. What will you choose to plant in the garden of your mind?
Dr. Kelley Pendleton is a chiropractor, healthcare marketing consultant, professional speaker, and the author of Community Connections! Relationship Marketing for Healthcare Professionals. For more information or to download free materials, please visit www.DrKelleyPendleton.com.
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