Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
Poll Results for the following Question:
Should massage schools begin limiting the number of enrollees?
Total Respondents: 231
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Yes In my view if overcrowding conditions exist and in some schools it is possible, then yes, this not impacts the students learning capacity, it also attracts administration issues and frustration of tutors.
No If you think that there is an evaluation process which can accurately predict who will or will not
end up being a skilled and caring massage therapist,
good luck. Give the consumer some credit. Their
bodies and minds will be able to tell the difference between a compassionate healer and a "go through the
motions" practitioner, and like everything else,
the individual must choose to give their business
to those who they feel are true therapists.
Otherwise, another freedom of Americans is down the
drain. Consider that their are practicing Medical
Doctors our there who could care less about their
patients, and give only the slightest caring or skill
to people. This is bad healing, event though these
people obviously met the criteria required to attend
Med. school. Each of us must trust our own percep-
tions, and if we feel the treatment we are receiving
is not up to par, then we must search out better care.
We should not, however, take away the freedom of people to receive training of their choice. If there are individuals who have gone through training and
certification, and yet cannot make it in the business world, then so be it - their willingness to try should not be taken away from them. Restrict the
opportunity of people to learn a healing art??
Don't get it.
It is my belief that massage schools set appropriate criteria for the selection of students. The criteria should parrell the intentions of the school and what their priorities. I realize that schools need to make money; but in my opinion just because you can afford it does not necessairly mean you have the inner makings of a compassionate massage therapist.
Yes Yes, lets limit the number of enrollees. We probably should do so, but I doubt it will happen. We are major massage school with an excellent national reputation, and definitely feel the pressure of the 1000 massage schools that are out there now.
Yes most other health professions have limited enrollment and specific qualifications to get in. It keeps the market regulated. There should be specific qualifications for entry into the massage market It will also limit how many schools can sprout up.
Yes Wouldn't it be great if we could all find the best vocation we are suited to, instead of looking for a quick buck the easy way? before we end up working with peoples bare essentials! Course information sessions are invaluable for this and they also give the potential student enough information to decide if this is the job for them, if the institution is a good one.
No I am not in favor (at this time) of limiting schools and/or students. HOWEVER, schools MUST, and I MEAN MUST, start being truthful regarding opportunity, income, length of average therapist's career, etc., to ALL prospects and students As it stands now, most schools make it look and sound like pie in the sky to become a massage therapist....Nothing could be further from the truth.
I am also not in favor of any form of government regulation on massage therapists other than that of possibly setting a reasonable (not exceeding 500), minimum number of educational hours to use the title certified massage therapist.
No The size of enrollment will not reflect on the quality of education if there is on hands attention to the individual students. This can be accomplished with a school that has a large enrollment by hireing more instructors to handle a larger student body. The excellent schools are the ones that the students flock to, causing greater enrollement. We should not limit the prospective student from going to a school of their choice. The other schools will then be forced to raise the quality of their programs to compete. This along with raising the academic standards for entrance into massage school would raise the quality of the new graduate, thus raising the quality of the profession as a whole.
Yes Yes, I think that there are many areas where schools should arbitrarily limit the number of students they accept. My particular area (Texarkana, AR/TX) is flooded with new massage therapists trying establish a business and they are losing money...and most likely not making any at all. And there is only ONE school here! The criteria for establishing limits on enrollment should be proportional to the number of massage therapists in the city/state and adjacent areas.
Thank you for giving me a chance to explain my vote.
Yes alot of the people i have come across in the field do not truely enjoy the body and how it works with each individual I feel that these people should not work with the public because those clients will feel the disinterests
Yes Smaller classes provide for a better learning experience. The education the massage student receives is more complete with hands on help and direction from a teacher who is aware of each student and available to give one on one guidance.
No i have been licensed for nearly 10 years, there are enough bodies to go around the last time i checked..and people come and go in this profession....
Yes Class size is an important consideration. A ratio of one instructor to 12 students is appropriate. Any more students and the instructor should have T.A.'s
Yes I believe the number should be limited, but not because of a glut of the market... I truly believe there's plenty of business to go around. Rather because of my fear of classes being too large, and the quality of education suffering adversely. Therapists need to have a decent understanding of they're getting into, when they walk out that door, diploma in hand. so these are my reasons.
No There are many different massage schools with a variety of styles which include class size, philosophy, etc. I graduated from a school which limits class size to 12 people (we had 7 in our class); for me this was the right number of classmates and the ideal teaching envrionment. Others may work better in a more formal environment with a greater number of fellow students. I feel that our choice of learning environments (among properly accredited schools of course) should match our individual learning styles to provide the optimum environment for each of us as individuals.
No The school I graduated from had an average class size of 45 students. While I sometimes heard fellow students speculate that a smaller class would be better, our classroom experience was wonderful. There were 3 instructors in the classroom during any hands-on time, so there was plenty of expertise available when needed. Out of the original 52 students that started, 45 graduated, and 20 students had secured jobs before we even finished the program.
Larger classes can provide more momentum, greater support in the numbers, and more variety of student bodies to work on in the class! I'm glad I had a larger class.
No but to many fly by night want to be vodoo massage tehrapist are screwing up the impression and effectivness of the rest of us.