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In This Current Age of Anxiety
Anxiety, also referred to angst or hysteria, goes by many names. One, popularized by the sagacious Zhang Zhong Jing, who many practitioners of Chinese Medicine may be familiar with, is known as Restless Zang/Fu disorder.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NYCC Aggregates Degree Programs in New School; Palmer Chancellor Receives Education Award From ICA; Oklahaven Announces "Have a Heart" Winners.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Billing One-on-One, Direct Patient Contact
This is often misunderstood and leads to trepidation when documenting and subsequently billing timed services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tell Tale Signs Your Schedule is Running You
It seems lately I have been hearing a reoccurring theme among colleagues and therapists. It is one I am sure we have all encountered at one time or another, but as of late, I find I am hearing and speaking more about it than ever before. It is, simply put, burn out.
Burn out can take many forms and cover a wide array of areas in our personal and professional lives. It can be from over work, over focus, over exposure, over thinking, and under expressing. When you find yourself saying things in your mind like, "Can I just get five minutes to breathe please?" Or maybe, "I can't remember the last time I did something truly FUN." Or even something like, "I hate this phone, all it does is ring," you may indeed be on your way to burn out. Here are a few tips on how to regain a centered and balance schedule.
I think it's fair to say that success is something everyone wants, but also something everyone views differently. When striving to be the best you can be, regardless of how you gauge success, the pursuit need not cost you happiness. It is hugely important that we not sacrifice the daily joys in order to meet some self-imposed expectation. In doing so, you might achieve your goal, but the cost you have paid might be far greater than the sum total of the success you have found.
If you allow yourself to be honest and you find yourself thinking, "At this rate, I will never being caught up. I cannot find a moments peace," you should really take a step back and take an honest look at what is frustrating you. Is this primarily the result of a root cause that goes a bit deeper? Are you managing your time well? Are you being impactfulin the things you do get accomplished or do you leave things unfinished for the sake of time, and out of distraction? Does leaving things undone quietly eat at you until you force yourself to make time to complete it? If so, this is likely interfering with your peace of mind, causing you undue guilt and stress and is very much a sign of having a time management challenge.
In my experience, I think burn out revolved heavily around time management. Time is a valuable resource and its proper allocation and disbursement can mean more readily achievable success, without sacrificing personal happiness. Setting boundaries is an incredibly important part of planning your way to success. I would like to share with you a few tools you can use to help you run your schedule, and not have your schedule run you!
When you are working, put away the phone for anything other than work related activities. I believe it is safe to say, for the most part, most of us have an established "work day". Not all people share the same work hours, but we all primarily agree there is a portion of our waking day we ordinarily dedicate to the pursuit of our job or career goals. This time can easily get away from because of controllable distractions. These distractions can be simple things like checking your social media, calling a friend to chat, or checking the news. These are well proven to be time sucking activities that prohibit you from doing things pertinent to your success in a timely manner. Consider this: if you took a moment to look at your phone to check your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other site, you may only be planning to take three minutes and do a quick sweep. But if we are all honest, I think we can agree this three minute exercise can turn into 30 minutes or more, easily. Then extrapolate that by how many times you may do this a day, and before you know it, an hour or more out of your day is being spent on things not related to your work, which you may well end up paying for on the days you should have off or by extending your work time into your at home time.
Do yourself and your mental health a favor and politely let friends and family know your work day is just that, time you spend dedicated to work. Of course, things will arise that will need your attention, but the propensity to just call and check in, or even share information of a personal nature during your dedicated work time is something that may be robbing you of your work time, thus impinging on your true personal time by having to play catch up. Finding ways to stay on task, cutting the mental clutter, remaining focused and having clear timeframes in which you plan to have any job completed is a great step in taking back control of your schedule.
Give yourself and your personal down time the importance you give your workday. You may have heard the old saying, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." You can add to it and say it makes Jack cranky, tired, and also mentally drained. The first step in taking back your personal time is recognizing when you will be planning it. If you have a job that ends on Friday evening, then take the appropriate steps to unplug from the minutia and only allow your personal time with yourself, family, or friends to be interrupted for emergencies. This may mean willing yourself to leave that email alone. Or perhaps even the extreme of turning off the phone for a block of time. I know that seems extreme, but the reality is, without the mental break from the work responsibility, the weight of trying to carry both work and personal responsibilities simultaneously, each with requirements and deadlines, will wear you to a breaking point over time. Set clear times in your mind that will be your time to focus on yourself, your family, and the things that bring you joy. When you reintroduce these things in appropriate measures, and insist on maintaining that time separation, you will begin to feel yourself come back into a more engaged frame of mind.
If your work cannot accept that you have reclaimed your downtime, or your friends cannot respect your need to focus during work hours, you may have a few harder decisions to make. Often in our culture, it is unofficially "expected" that we are available for the workplace around the clock. If a client calls you at 9p.m., we often take the call even if we are enjoying family time. If the clinic owner emails us at 6a.m., we feel compelled to answer them even though you may be busy getting the kids ready for school. This expectation comes from several factors, not the least of which is the fear of losing a job or disappointing a client. Another real fear is that of missing out on something happening socially while at work. That said, this expectation is not only unfair to you, it is also impossible to maintain. When everything is a crisis, then nothing is a crisis. Soon enough, you will find yourself unable to sleep, have a dinner out with friends, or even take a vacation without being a slave to the workplace or being immediately responsive to friends or social media. Remember, your time away from your job can help you be even more effective during your work time, because you have placed your focus appropriately, and at the appropriate times. Conversely, you time dedicated to strengthening those bonds with friends and family without the distraction of work can build long lasting and healthy relationships, giving you a strong foundation to build a life upon.
While no one has all the answers, I am confident being cognizant to the need to better manage work/personal endeavors in the appropriate measure and time can help you begin to feel less burned out and more revived. Place importance upon things at the appropriate time to do so, prioritize, and be realistic with the energy you devote. When you consciously will yourself to work to find this balance, you may well be surprised how quickly burn out can go from being the depletion of your batteries to the recharging of your energy resources.