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Treating Acute and Chronic Neck Pain With Ischemic Compression and Exercise
There are many reasons not to manipulate the neck with cavitation: the patient is too old, their neck is too tight, etc. But the most common reason is that plenty of patients are afraid of "the crack," mostly because of the bad publicity about that procedure.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also referred to as photobiomodulation, has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Solving the Pain Puzzle
Legendary former New York Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." He would have been a great chiropractor. We are trained to become experts with our hands: palpation, adjusting, soft-tissue release, etc.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Why Drugs and Supplements Can't Cure Disease
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be cured with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Hypertension is the best example of this.
News in Brief
Life to Open Branch Campus in Italy; Northwestern Research Arm Benefits From Big Donation.
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Announces First Group Member
The Michigan Association of Chiropractors has joined the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress as its first group member.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
The Death of the Travel Card
As long as I have been in practice, the travel card has stood as the primary style of documentation for chiropractic. It is quick, simple and direct. Unfortunately, the rules have changed.
Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
DC App – The Next Generation
According to a survey by technology firm CDW, health care professionals gain approximately 1.2 hours per day in productivity simply by using a tablet computer in practice.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Avoiding "Just a Pop Doc" Syndrome
Yes, it's harsh. Patients don't like to admit it. They have an unspoken plan when they first visit you: to come one time, get rid of their pain and then get rid of you. They know it's unrealistic, but they'd like to pay nothing for this service.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
Are You Ready for the 2016 Patient?
In October, Apple released its iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The new system includes Health, a new app that will interface with an ever-growing number of other apps.
We Get Letters & Email
Is It Time for a Popeye Moment? The Flaw in Recommending Chiropractic as a Career.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
Step by Step: Long-Term Treatment of Soft-Tissue Injuries Combines Skill and Care
Treating soft-tissue injuries with long-lasting results starts the moment an individual enters the office. When it comes to pain, the only thing that matters to the patient is relief.
Are You Ignoring the 10,000-Hour Rule?
Having trained interns and mentored new practitioners, it has been my observation that their No. 1 clinical concern is adjusting skills. Their second clinical concern is their ability to read X-rays. Physical diagnostic skills are a distant third.
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.