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Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or it can be a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area, while not sacrificing the quality of patient interaction, can be a little tricky. However, with some focused effort and intention, your front desk can keep your practice running smoothly.
News in Brief
NYCC Aggregates Degree Programs in New School; Palmer Chancellor Receives Education Award From ICA; Oklahaven Announces "Have a Heart" Winners.
Transforming Las Vegas
On a warm spring day in Las Vegas, Sonia Kim, clinic front desk staff, is busy preparing for a full day of intern shifts at Wongu Health Center. She greets patients, makes sure documents are properly signed, and lets the interns know that their patients have arrived.
Constructing Our Reality, Part 2
My last article discussed perception and its relationship to the primary channels. Before we get to the channels most commonly used to treat sensory disturbances, the small intestine and triple heater, we should first talk about the bladder channel.
Building Bridges with Discipline
As practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, our role is to educate patients and medical practitioners about the various safety aspects of our medicine. Medical doctors that embrace Chinese medicine want to collaborate and include Chinese herbal medicine in more aspects of clinical care to support their patients.
Low Fat vs. Low Carb & the Power of Protein
A science-based website recently posted a nice summary of 23 randomized, controlled trials from peer-reviewed journals pitting low-carb diets against low-fat diets.
One of the most common trends to see in clinical medical practice and public health is the cycles of health "buzzwords." These come and go depending upon the current cultural zeitgeist. One year, "parasites" are causing all the issues, and the next year it's "candida."
A Different Way of Looking at It
The way you and your chiropractic colleagues access information has changed over the past decade. According to a recent survey conducted by Dynamic Chiropractic, almost half (48 percent) of DCs read online articles on their personal computer or laptop daily.
The Need for Standards
ISO-TC-249: You may look at these letters and numbers and wonder what they are and what they might mean. They turn into: International Standards Organization- Technical Committee – 249. There is a global organization called The International Organization for Standardization.
Discovery: Finding Insights and Each Other in Different Disciplines
Recently I've been thinking about all sorts of things which are hidden from our daily direct experience. That general category is what links nearly everything that catches my attention and then demands some kind of investigation.
Living Well: Lessons From Our Oldest Old
Aging is a significant public health problem, important to chiropractors in practice and important to DCs who teach students training to become chiropractors.
Distal Style Treatment of Neurogenic Pain
Treat locally or distally? This question has frequented my thoughts for the treatment of pain throughout my acupuncture career. Each style has strengths and weaknesses, thus the versatile practitioner would do well to forgo dogmatic adherence to any one style in deference to the needs of the individual patient.
Sleepless nights, anxiety, mood swings, euphoric energy bursts, obsessive thinking, and a strange feeling in his chest. That is what Matt was experiencing when he first entered my practice. Rather than being concerned, he was loving every minute of it.
Billing One-on-One, Direct Patient Contact
This is often misunderstood and leads to trepidation when documenting and subsequently billing timed services.
Finger (Pad) Pointing: Repetitive-Use Injury Waiting to Happen
"My wrist and hand hurt. I spend all day working on computers and then I come home and spend more time on a computer, usually playing video games."
Parker University Embraces New Era
Change is in the air at Parker University, which recently announced the selection of both a new president and a new consultant for its seminar program.
Billing Timed Services
Q: I do not always use physical medicine services but in my state I do have a scope of practice that allows me to provide many of these services. I am trying to understand what "direct one-on-one patient contact" means in relation to physical medicine services.
Hip Flexor Contractures & LBP in Above-the-Knee Amputations
Patients with above-the-knee amputations (AK or AKA) are particularly prone to developing hip flexor contractures. Not to be confused with muscle tightness, contractures are a permanent shortening of tissues which cause deformity or distortion.
Prostate Cancer Risk
A large study published in January 2016 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that men who are vegans had a 35% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to non-vegan men. The study followed more than 26,346 men who are part of the Adventists Health Study-2.
How to Reach Your World With the Chiropractic Message
My latest effort to share chiropractic occurred in mid-May while I was sitting at an introductory parent information night for high schoolers. The IT instructor informed us that each student would be receiving a computer for all their studies.
Holistic Skin Care and Modern Technology
Anti-aging is a concept that we hear in reference to skin rejuvenation and growing older on a daily basis. Aging begins as soon as we are born; therefore "pro-aging" is embracing all stages of life gracefully, with vitality, wisdom, joy, and gratitude as the goal.
Keeping Malpractice Allegations at Bay
It has been suggested that in the litigious environment in which we live, the practice of chiropractic should be defensive and practitioners should constantly be watching their backs. An element of defensive practice is a good idea.
Understanding Levels of Evidence
The concept of levels of evidence is a cornerstone of research literacy and a great starting point for understanding basic principles of how research works.
With Low-Back Pain, Sometimes Little Things Matter
Typical treatments for low back pain involve large muscles like the quadratus lumborum, iliopsoas, and piriformis. However, there are situations when a very small muscle, the multifidus, can play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of low back muscular or spinal injury.
A Whole-Body Approach to Chronic Tension Headaches
Nearly every day in our practices, we see patients with chronic headaches that have not responded to traditional treatment. They present in our offices with a feeble hope that "maybe" a chiropractor can help.
February, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 02
Embracing Prosperity as Part of Your Massage Practice
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Sara is a compassionate therapist whose favorite clients are people searching for something that's more than skin deep. "They look successful on the outside," she says, "but on the inside their lives are so devoid of meaning, they feel depressed, frustrated, and ashamed of wanting something different."
She's even put together a 90-day program that blends coaching and healing to "get them connected to their deeper calling" and then create a plan to achieve it. Yet, she's having a hard time attracting new clients and she's wondering what needs to shift. All too often, we see practitioners just like Sara who are doing all the right things with their marketing, but they're still not getting enough clients. Why not? Because deep down, they're not comfortable receiving money.
That's why it's essential to embrace prosperity as part of your practice if you want to realize your full potential. When you unconsciously push money away, you unconsciously push clients away. So you've got to be willing to receive a healthy income if you want to grow a rich holistic business.
Sounds simple enough, right? After all, who doesn't want to make more money doing the work they love? The problem is, we all have money blind spots we inherited from our parents, from our grandparents, and from society as a whole. You can tell you've got one if you've ever thought something like, "I love my work, but I wish I didn't have to charge for it." Or, "I don't want to be rich. I just want to be comfortable." Or, "If I charge more, I'll look greedy. And that puts people off." Or even something as simple as, "Money isn't spiritual."
As long as beliefs like those operate in your subconscious mind, you'll continue to see the results of those stories playing out in your practice. That's why we teach our clients how to understand and use their Money Archetype Profile (MAP).
Archetypes were popularized by one of our greatest modern-day pioneers in human consciousness, Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961). In addition to his groundbreaking work with archetypes, he introduced the world to the collective unconscious, concepts like introversion and extraversion, and the theory behind personality types that was used to develop the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
According to Jung, archetypes are universal patterns of energy with their own personalities and habits. And while your relationship with money is as unique as you are, it's still governed by those universal patterns that either empower you with money, or cause you to constrict and stay small. If you're ready to break out of those old patterns and step into an empowering new relationship with money, knowing which archetypes are in your MAP, is the first key to unlocking that potential.
What's in Your MAP?
Your MAP consists of four out of eight archetypes. Each one has its own gifts and strengths, plus its own particular challenges and disempowering behaviors. The four archetypes in your MAP blend together to impact your financial habits and behaviors in unique and complex ways. Read through this brief overview and see if you can get a hint of which ones are strongest (or weakest) in you.
Saying Yes to Celebrity
Alison understands what Sara's going through all too well. She once ran a successful but small light-touch healing practice in Oregon. When she first discovered the archetypes in her personal MAP, she was shocked to find out that one of the strongest in her profile was the Celebrity. Until then, she says she "resisted the urge to step into the spotlight" and address large groups of people. Instead she relied on the Accumulator in her MAP to help her keep her money (and her practice) manageable and contained. As a result, she always had enough clients to get by, but never enough to truly grow.
Yet Alison was yearning for more. So she made a decision that would have been nearly impossible if she'd been unaware of her deep-seated money patterns. She decided to embrace the gifts of her inner Celebrity and allow herself to be seen in a big way.
She began promoting her services as a mentor to mothers of spiritually gifted children. She switched one of her marketing strategies from writing articles to sending out short, lively videos that engaged the moms in her community. And it wasn't long before she began getting calls from women in other states who wanted to hire her. Even A&E TV got wind of her work and reached out to learn more about her. Since then, Alison not only doubled her income and broke through the $100,000 mark, nearly one-third of that income last year came from one high-end program alone. What's even more satisfying than creating a 6-figure business, she says, is the joy that comes from living her purpose in a way that's deeply meaningful to her ... and to all those new clients she gets to serve now that she's embraced prosperity as an essential part of her practice.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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