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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Learning How to Manifest More of the Right Kind of Clients
One of our coaching clients, a holistic practitioner named Catherine, has a funny way of getting new clients: She simply opens the door. "Over the years, I've had a number of women show up on my doorstep saying, 'I have no idea why I'm here,'" she says. "Looking back, they all turned out to be my favorite clients."
We wish it had been that easy for us to get new clients, especially when we first started out. We went a good couple years working on everyone we could get our hands on for free. It was only when we began mastering the energy behind our client-attraction strategies that our practices finally took off. That's when we went from having no clients at all to filling our practices in 30 days and then doubling our client load in 60 days.
Do you wish getting new clients was as easy as opening your door? Get started with these three empowering steps. They're not magic — but they sure can feel that way.
Define your divine right client. "At the moment of commitment, the Universe conspires to assist you." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You've heard that old saying, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it? In our experience, that's all too true. Decision is an act of manifestation. That's why, although it's counterintuitive, the fastest way to get more clients you love is to make the decision to only work with people who bring out your best. And turn everyone else away.
Think about it. How do you feel when you're working with someone you adore? Chances are, you're both so present in the moment, everything just flows. It may even like time stands still. And at the end of the session, you probably have more energy than you did when you first began. Now, compare that to how it feels every time you work with someone who doesn't bring out your best. Unlike that feeling of time standing still, we're betting it drags on ... forever.
That's why we always encourage practitioners to make the decision to work only with people who bring out your best — people we call "Divine Right Clients." The quickest way to figure out who you do want to work with is to start with what you don't want in a client.
Try this exercise: Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. At the top of the left-hand column write "Don't Want." At the top of the right-hand column, write "Do Want." Then start on the left and quickly jot down every quality you don't want in a client. For instance, you might not want clients who:
Once you've written down every last thing you don't want in a client, go back to the top of the page. Then, to the right of each characteristic you've written down, ask yourself: "If I don't want that, what do I want?" Jot down what you do want in the right-hand column. Continue down the list until you have a positive quality to the right of every negative one. Using the list above, you might write characteristics like:
Once you get crystal clear on what you want in your clients — and when you're willing to refer everyone else to practitioners who are perfect for them — the people you're most meant to work with have a funny way of finding you.
Set the energy and intention. Now that you've made the decision to work only with people who bring out your best, the next step to manifesting more of them is to make a connection. We recommend doing that before you ever meet in person. Start by consciously remembering that you are destined to use your healing gifts to help your Divine Right Clients — and then set the intention to do that.
When you do, it's like activating a magnetic force that naturally attracts people to your door. Think about a magnetic field: It's not just in a magnet, it surrounds it. Just like the earth's magnetic pull isn't just in the ground, it's around it. In that same way, when you resonate with a sense of joy for the people you most love working with, that energy is palpable. And those people are naturally drawn to you.
One inspiring way to set the energy is to speak your intention out loud. When you do, you're turning your thoughts into matter by impressing them into sound waves. Feel free to tweak this to suit you and your practice. Then say it out loud, even daily, to manifest more clients: "I recognize that I have a deep soul connection with my Divine Right Client. I feel a bridge of love and gratitude connecting our hearts and drawing us closer together now. And I joyfully celebrate helping her, healing her and fulfilling our spiritual agreement to support each other, body, mind and soul."
Get into guided action. Once you've decided on your Divine Right Client and you've set the energy and intention to connect with them, you may just open your door and find your dream client waiting there. Those miracles do happen. But if you really want to make headway growing your practice, don't leave your client-attraction up to chance.
You will always connect with more clients when you get out into your community and meet them where they're at. That's why you need to get into action. Yet at this stage of manifesting more clients, not just any action will do. There's a wrong kind of action and a right kind of action.
The wrong kind is doing one thing after another because it's what you think you should do, or what someone told you to do. Like going to networking breakfasts you're not interested in because one of your well-meaning friends talked you into it. Or placing ads in local publications because that's what other practitioners do.
In cases like these, you might feel productive. But it usually adds up to a lot of busy work that has you spinning your wheels and feeling exhausted, with few clients to show for it in the end. Instead, you want to get into the right kind of action, which we call "guided action." Simply put, that means acting on messages you're receiving from your internal guidance system, whether you call that a hunch or your sixth sense.
Your body, mind and spirit hold an immense amount of wisdom — and you have the capability of accessing far more than you may even know. Here's the irony: intuition flows on action. Too many practitioners insist on waiting for inspiration before they're willing to take action. Yet in our experience, getting into action is like flipping the "on" switch for guidance.
So take a step, even a small one. Even if you don't know why, and even if it doesn't make sense. Then tune in and see how you feel. Instead of going to one more networking meeting because that's what you're "supposed" to do, you may feel inspired to go to a new meetup group on a subject that interests you. Then notice who you're drawn to connect with there. Follow your guidance and enjoy it.
Another client of ours, Alison, recently followed this same advice. She got a hunch and called one of her former clients, just to check in and see how she was doing. Turns out the woman had just been thinking of Alison. And after the call, out of the blue, she sent Alison a check for $1,500. "This is a gift," she said, "to thank you for the amazing work you do in the world."
Alison may not have gotten a new client that day, but she sure got a client miracle. And that can be just as much fun.