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Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Poll Results for the following Question:
How has the current economic/political climate impacted your massage practice?
Total Respondents: 323
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No change While the basic number or volume of clients hasn't changed or has changed very little, there are a number of previously regular clients who are not able to come for massages due to reduction of family income, layoffs, etc. Fortunately, referrals and new regular clients along with gift certificates are helping to sustain (with God's help) a very satisfactory workload level. I am an independent practitioner and business-owner, single and financially dependent upon the blessing of serving others who need my help.
More business I have been in business long enough to have established a substantial client base. It is in the worst of times my business is busiest ie my client base has come to realize the benefits of a stress busting session making their dealings with life easier.
No change I MASSAGE AT A WOMENS GYM, AND WOMENS ISSUES ARE MUCH
LESS POLITICAL THAN THEY ARE PRACTICAL - HOW DO I KEEP
IT ALL TOGETHER FOR MYSELF & MY FAMILY? A LOT OF
SADNESS & DISGUST FOR ALL WE ARE ENDURING AS A NATION
( THE PEOPLE, NOT THE POLITICIANS). FEAR FOR THE YOUNG
MEN & WOMEN WHO ARE BEING SENT TO POTENTIAL WAR ZONES
IS VOICED A LOT, AND THE FEELING THERE'S NOT MUCH WE
CAN DO (WE WOMEN) TO CHANGE WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY B
More business Last summer my husband wanted me to hurry and get "a real job" since he proclaimed a new depression was approaching and nobody would be spending on massage.
6 months later I am busier than I have ever been and making close to what I would have been making in my previous unsatisfying career. And now I am helping people handle their stress in ...'these difficult times!'
Less business I was losing $3,000. to $6,000. per year when I would file insurance claims for clients. Now, I discourage any insurance, and I require payment and turn in notes for the client can get reimbursed.
The factor that makes it more complex to evaluate is that we had 2 massage schools in our town 14 years ago, and now we have 8. Our market is getting quite oversaturated, so business is slower for all therapists.
More business I have been in busines full time for 15 years and I had the best year ever in 2002. 2003 shows no signs of slowing at this point!
No change The focus of my practice has shifted from structural to stress reduction. I'm not booking as far ahead though my volume has remained consistent.
Less business Summer business fell off for me. More people were spending cash rather than financing their trips. Did'nt really pick-up until mid November..been very busy ever since
No change Hey Guys,this is a lame question this month. You could really do alot better.
More business At the very least if business is off you can blame it on the economy instead of yourself. If you are sure you are a good therapist and not lazy then blame it on the "hardtimes" we are living in. But be sure you have good boots on before you step in the mud.
No change My business has remained about the same on a consistant basis for the last couple of years. I have not been marketing myself enough so my practice has not increased as it perhaps should have. I plan to be more aggressive with my approach with new clients this coming year.
I feel the national economic conditions are better than the news media would lead us to believe. We have a strong economy that can weather the lean times our country goes through.
If we only rub people we may only see them once. But if we educate our clients about massage and how it benefits them over the long term we can make our profession outlast economic hardtimes. Sometimes one of my clients may be facing financial difficulties so I help them out by reducing the price, bartering, or just not charging at all. When I do favors for these people it comes back to me many times over.
HANG IN THERE...WE WILL SURVIVE
Less business Since Sep.11 My business has slowed down because alot of people were let go from their employment. North Carolina has alot of manufacturing so business started laying off people. I have had to find a part time job also but still keeping my practice. I also, removed my display ad from the telephone book, which hurt me too, but that OK because I am going to move and closel my business. But, I am doing OK.!
More business Massage therapy has caught on like wild fire - more people looking for stress relief than ever before. ..
Maybe to escape the real life events of the day.
Less business I worked with Marriott International for almost 4 and one half years and left on 09-12-02 to go to work for another Hotel/Resort chain. While I enjoyed the style of the second company much better than the first, 911 really hurt business. Without tourists, I found myself returning to my state of origin for the first time in several years and without a job. I found a position helping the start up of a massage school in the public sector, only to find that the requirements were overwhelming to me personally. Teaching 6 subjects to at least 9 and up to 15 students when you have never taught before and without a assistant or another teacher in the classroom was a challenge that has left me bruised. Personally I found discussing structuralism a complicated topic, not in the realm of the body, but in explaining how debates about the application of structuralism affect the discussions about the future of massage therapy as a whole industry.For the sake of the students education and my own peace of mind I opted to not teach, despite the personal and monetary straits this left me in. I was without a support network and unable to afford to pay a professional organization for personal mentioring due to the financial set back I encountered after 911. (200 plus dollars means alot when you are struggling)That is my experience after 5 years in the field. Someone please tell me it gets better! How do you go back to school for your RN to keep up your professionalism when you are in debt, not considered destitute enough for public assistance, and miles away from a job? Teaching was an eye opener, but I could use some help.
Heidi Carter L.M.T. NCTMB
Less business It's been up and down, more down than usual... November was slower than normal, and December just about dried up! I find people will balk more at the price, and will even inquire about price reductions, or shorter times. People are definitely more stressed out, given the uncertainty of the economy. Unfortunately, those "unsavory" (unwelcome) calls still continue to come through (good grief!)
I'd be curious as to how well the schools are doing with enrollment?