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Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
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?