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One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
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.