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The Monkey on Your Back
Many practitioners run their clinic without any extra help—at least initially. I've always been pretty good at multi-tasking. Having nine kids taught me how to wear multiple hats and juggle a lot of responsibilities. Running a clinic is similar.
Dry Needling is Acupuncture: But What of Education? What of Public Safety?
One of my patients told me recently, that their physical therapist used a "dry needle" and that it wasn't acupuncture. Apparently, physical therapists (PT) are taught to tell their patients that "only acupuncturists practice acupuncture."
Weight Training: Are Cheat Reps Worth It?
While resting between exercises at the gym recently, a young lifter asked me for a spot on a set of barbell bench presses. The bar was loaded with a moderately heavy amount of weight that at first glance appeared to be too heavy for his frame.
Pre-Conception Wellness: What Do Your Patients Need to Know?
Deciding to have a baby is one of the most important decisions a woman will ever make. But how many women are really prepared for a healthy pregnancy?
Study: Acupuncture for Acute Low Back Pain More Effective Than Drugs
New research by Korean doctors of Oriental Medicine suggested that an acupuncture method could reduce acute lower back pain faster and more effectively than conventional drug injections.
Weaving Eastern & Western Medicine Together: Q&A with Beijing's Dr. Kezhen Zhang
Dr. Kezhen Zhang M.D., is currently the founder and president of Beijing Taijitang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.
If you visit the website of the JAMA and search on the word chiropractic, more than 200 results appear. If you sort that list chronologically and look at the oldest entry, you will find "Medical News" that includes the following.
Treating Rib Joints to Protect Thoracic Stability
It is an exciting world that awaits us when we go to work every day. We deal with all types of people who present with varying health conditions we can (hopefully) help alleviate.
Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Entrapments
The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve arises from the 2nd and 3rd lumbar nerves. It is formed in the psoas muscle and emerges from its lateral border to cross the iliacus muscle and exit the pelvis.
It's About the Word
The new patient was already a fan of chiropractic. "I liked the guy a lot," he said of the previous DC he had consulted. "But he is on the other side of town, and I just can't get there after work. So he sent me to you, since you're his buddy."
Three Essential Herbal Products For Your First-Aid Kit
There are three Chinese patent medicines that belong in everyone's first aid kit. All three are for topical application, and all three provide extraordinary benefits unavailable from any domestic over-the-counter.
Chiropractic Care for Veterans: Serving Those Who Served (Pt. 2)
To what extent do you think the role of chiropractors in the VA can serve as a model for greater chiropractic integration elsewhere in the American health care system? That's a very important question.
10 Life Lessons That Will Change the Way You Practice
"What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" I have posed this question for years to groups I've spoken to across the country and around the world.
The Physiology of Anger
Most of us recognize and have felt anger at some point in our lives. Anger can be seen as a natural response to some kind of pain, whether emotional or physical.
Beauty is Averageness
After seeing Kim Kardashian's face all over the Internet -and my inbox- following her posting on getting facial acupuncture, I recalled the work of Michael Cunningham who was at the University of Louisville when I was doing my doctoral work.
Protein and Weight Loss
Recently I was asked by the staff at Dynamic Chiropractic to referee some of their water-cooler discussions regarding nutrition. Topping their list was this one about protein and weight loss: "Why is protein important for weight loss and how much should I eat?"
We Get Letters & E-Mail
The "Great Opportunity" for Chiropractic: Expanded Scope of Practice; The SOAP Note: An Effective Tool for Documentation; Treating Patients Goes Beyond Following Established Protocol.
Becoming a Concussion Expert in Your Community: What You Need to Know (Part 2)
What makes an individual an expert in concussions? Obtaining education about concussions and treating concussed patients are two factors that lead to expertise.
Healing the Qi: The Boston Marathon Bombing
On Monday, April 15 2013, locals and visitors from around the globe gathered for the world's largest marathon in the city of Boston. With 23,000 participating in the race and many more on the sidelines, the marathon represents a Boston institution.
Maintaining Professional Boundaries in a Facebook World: Social Media Guidelines for DCs
A few months ago, I received an unexpected message on my Facebook account: "Hi Doc, do you remember me? I'm so happy to find you here on Facebook. It's been years since I have seen you and I'm glad to reconnect with you.
Extraordinary Vessels and Emotional Healing
In addition to the 12 primary Organ-related meridians in the body, there are other energy circulation channels that have been mapped out by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Probably the most significant of these are called the Eight Extraordinary (or Extra) Vessels.
A Solution for the Primary Care Crisis?
A white paper generated by the ACCAHC Primary Care Project and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Senior Research Scientist, Michael Goldstein, PhD, addresses a clear oversight noted in recent workforce analyses designed to assess the nation's primary care needs.
A Medication Primer for Alternative Health Care Practitioners (Part 2)
Morphine is arguably the greatest drug of all time, at least in the sense that it is so powerful in relieving pain.
Keeping Up With Western Medicine Advancements: The Amazing World of Imaging Studies
When patients with neuromuscular problems come to you for treatment there is usually a lot you can do for them to improve their mobility or reduce their pain, whether it is a middle age woman with a frozen shoulder.
News in Brief
In Remembrance: A Moment of Silence for Robin McKenzie (1931-2013); DC Re-Elected to Co-Chair AMA Code Review Board; WFC Celebrates 25 Years.
Can There Really Be Too Much of a Good Thing? Never!
Convention and conference season is in full swing! So many incredible events are going on all over the country. There is such tremendous opportunity to learn new modalities, gain skills, brush up on techniques, learn about products and network with your colleagues that it's a bit hard to keep up. When you go to an conference or convention, do you sometimes feel like you're drinking from a fire hose with all of the input you receive in a short time period?
I love "show season" because for me, it's an opportunity to meet new people, see dear old friends and learn as much as I can about what is new and exciting going on our industry. I look forward to finding out more regarding the things pertinent to the profession such as research, legislation, regulations and more. I will admit, when I leave a show or an event, I am energized and want to put everything I have learned into practice or use it all at once, but the magnitude of it all can cause a bit of mental paralysis, as I sometimes have no idea where to begin. Here are some tips on how you can organize the data you collect, the connections you make and the education you receive so it's not only useful, but easily referenced.
To begin, lets first talk about people. We are so fortunate to be a part of a health care industry that is people focused. My experience at an event is that of true face-to-face "community" networking. You gain opportunities to meet those you know from social media sites, blogs and online conferences. Additionally, you get to meet suppliers, educators, authors and vendors. Remembering names may be the gift of some rare souls, but for me it is not a gift that comes readily.
When I accept a business card from someone, I like to take a moment and write down a nugget of information about my interaction with them so when I get home and organize, the nugget will jog my memory and I will have a "face" with the name on the card. For example, if I met someone and I learned in the course of the conversation their hobby was poodle breeding, or perhaps we had a common acquaintance, or even if they had an awesome haircut, I will make this little note on the card to jog my memory when I am filing cards for reference later. You will be surprised how effective this quirky habit can be. Often, the nugget helps me recall far more than just the tidbit I wrote down, but much more of the conversation we shared and the information I learned from them.
I organize these cards in a file alphabetically until I have the time to put the information into a personal contact database. This need not be some expensive elaborate software. Mine is simply an excel spreadsheet. I have a column for notes where I put my nugget and suddenly I have a searchable and organized means to connect with those in my profession from which I can gain knowledge, share experiences, gain advice or kindle a friendship.
Next, let's talk about the trade show floor. This is where the paper and catalog gathering goes into full swing. I like to try to visit each booth, whether or not I may be interested in what they are offering right in this moment. I gather their literature and put it into my registration bag. Because time is valuable and there is only so much time available between classes, I make a point to visit those booths for which I have an immediate interest and spend time learning about the product or service. I try to establish a bit of a relationship with the company by better understanding what they offer and discerning how this may help me in my day to day business.
When you take the time to visit each vendor and gather reference data, you are building your reference library. When you get home, you will have a bag filled with information it would take you months to research. Take an hour, maybe two, and do yourself a favor. Create a ring binder and segment it into categories. Segment however you choose and in any way that helps you manage the data. As an example, mine is segmented into the following:
After so many years attending trade shows, my segments are now their own binders. But this is what allows me to have a strong understanding of the market, its available resources and the people that make it work. Truly, in every sense of the word, we are a community. Whether you enjoy being right in the middle of the action or prefer to stay on the edges and watch, knowledge is power. You cannot remember everything you learn and absorb all the data you gather, but you can take this information and build a repository that will help you as you move along your professional career. You will find yourself referring to these lists and books more often than you ever thought you would.
When you need a new table, you have information at your fingertips, direct from the manufacturer and more in depth than what you find online. When you are looking for a new lubricant, you can compare the ingredients side by side and refer to the notes you made about grip, glide, scent and more. When you need CEU credits, insurance or look to join an association, you will have all the information just sitting there, waiting for you to help you chose what is right for you and you will be glad you have taken the time to take the experience of attending a conference, convention or trade show and building a library of your own to use long after the event has ended.