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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Three Keys to Growing Your Practice in Uncertain Times
Ask Tony Robbins and he'll tell you, we all crave certainty. He calls it one of the six needs encoded into our nervous system. We want to know before we start that relationship or launch that practice, that everything's going to turn out hunky dory.
Unfortunately, in the world of business, certainty is a rare commodity. That's why, if you're a therapist in private practice, the most important skill you'll ever master is the art of making a decision and moving forward even in the face of uncertainty. Why? Because you'll to need to make decisions like these virtually every day if you want to grow your practice:
Let's face it, most people don't have the stomach for making daily business decisions. That's why they'd rather work for someone else who will make those choices for them. And there's nothing wrong with that. You don't need to be your own boss to fulfill your mission as a healer. Yet, there's something deeply creative and exhilarating about nurturing your own vision. You have the freedom to shape your business any way you want. Which makes your ability to make decisions an indispensible skill. Fortunately, as a sensitive practitioner, you have a secret weapon — a super power — for making wise decisions.
Have you ever put your hands on a client's body and suddenly saw in your mind's eye what was happening under the skin? Sure, it helps to know your anatomy and physiology. Yet there's something else at play here that's giving you that x-ray vision. It's your intuition — however that shows up for you.
Some therapists hear a soft voice in their head that's guiding their hands. Others have a knowing or a feeling that tells them where to work. One woman I know used to get a visual image of her hands melting into her client's body at the precise spot she needed to start. And if you're a craniosacral therapist, you're probably used to arcing the body's energy waves and picking up signals that way. Fortunately, the same inner wisdom that shows up in your sessions can help you outside of your sessions. As long as you make the decision to trust it.
I (Sharon) discovered that more than 20 years ago when my then-husband and I were trying to decide whether to leave Orlando to move to three hours south to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Roy is a craniosacral therapist who was invited to join the clinic at The Upledger Institute, where he'd have the honor of working with the late Dr. John E. Upledger. And I was given the opportunity to work in their marketing department. It was a generous offer, yet we struggled with it. Roy had a thriving practice. I had a lucrative career in advertising. And we had a young daughter who was in a good school that she loved.
Then one evening, as I was wandering down an aisle at Barnes & Noble racking my brain about what to do, I asked my inner wisdom to show me a sign that would make the answer crystal clear. In that moment, a book suddenly dropped off the shelf and landed at my feet. I stared at it for a few moments, too shocked to move. Then I bent down and picked it up. The book was Healers on Healing. And as I flipped it open, the first words my eyes landed on were by co-author Benjamin Shield, PhD. He said the book was dedicated "to Dr. John Upledger, who taught me that the shortest distance between two points is an intention." I was barely breathing when I called Roy and said, "Well, it looks like we're moving."
That single decision marked a turning point in our lives — and in my career — that brought me more fulfillment than I ever dreamed imaginable. I was blessed to work with Dr. John for 15 years as his co-author, editor and ghostwriter. And Roy got to teach craniosacral therapy to practitioners around the world. And it all happened because I asked for a sign. And I made the decision to trust it.
When Fear Masquerades As Intuition
If you can accept that you have intuitive sense that can guide you in any decision, what stops you from trusting it all the time? In our experience, only one thing — it gets hijacked by your fear. And that can instantly trigger the self-doubt and second-guessing that robs you of your superpower. Here's how you can tell when your fear is overpowering your intuition. When you see an opportunity and your gut reaction is a "yes" that's instantly followed by a "but (fill in the blank)." For example:
Here are three critical keys for feeling the fear — and making the decision anyway.
Embrace the decision as an act of manifestation. Decision-making isn't passive; it's active. It's your desire in motion. So when you allow an opportunity to pass you by out of fear, you're making the decision to stay stuck. Which in turn creates stagnant results. Remember, every step forward can lead to a new opportunity. So give yourself permission to make imperfect decisions knowing that when you're moving forward, you're always moving in the right direction.
Make decisions as who you want to be, not as who you are now. Every leap in your evolution requires you to become more of who you are today. When you consciously embrace that paradigm shift now, the decisions that'll actually get you there become a whole lot clearer. Who would you like to be in your business? A generous holistic business owner? A six-figure practitioner? A confident holistic leader? Decide your new identity first. Then next time you have a business decision to make, ask yourself, "What would a (insert your new identity) do?" For example:
Making decisions from that new identity instantly shifts you into a different pattern of thinking. And it propels you past your old limiting beliefs.
Center yourself in a state of expansion, then ask for the decision that wants to be made. As human beings, we habitually default to patterns of fear and constriction we hope will keep us safe and secure inside our comfort zone. The problem is, making fear-based decisions almost always leads to limiting results. Because your next step can only take you as far as your fear will allow you to stretch. Instead, as a conscious practitioner who wants to contribute to the world in a healthy way, you want to make decisions that create expansive results. Tapping into the energy of expansion first can help guide you through the process.
Next time you need to make a decision, take few minutes to center yourself with some meditation or yogic breathing. Then think back to a time in your life when you felt like you were totally in the flow. When everything felt like it was in divine-right order. Maybe even like time stood still.
No matter when it was or what you were doing, call that memory up and really feel it. Then invite your decision into your space with you. See it as a living opportunity that's opening a doorway, a portal, to inspired action. Explore it. Allow the energy of what's possible to move through you. Then pay attention to any thoughts or feelings that bubble up.
And if you feel fear or doubt slipping in, just notice it without judgment. Don't try to grasp at it or swat it away. Simply observe it. Then clear it from your energy just like you're erasing a whiteboard. With the slate clean, come back to that feeling of expansion. Then ask yourself, "What's the decision that wants to be made?"
When you make decisions from this space of pure potential, you have a direct pipeline to your intuition. And you can move forward in your practice — and your life — even in the face of uncertainty.