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The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
The Economic Power of Your Passion
By Perry Isenberg
On rare occasions, a health professional will tell me that they don't use samples or recommend certain products, because they are too effective and may reduce the number of patient visits.
If this is you, find another career.
It does not matter if it is advice and recommendation for a series of stretches, an exercise routine, an orthopedic pillow, vitamins etc if you don't always think of your patient first, find another career.
An important, often-overlooked role of a health professional is that of coach the cheerleader, so to speak.
Four years ago, I herniated a disk and was very concerned about the surgery and the effect it would take on my (very limited) active lifestyle.
Both surgeons (I went for two opinions) suggested surgery could be avoided and my lifestyle maintained if I would drop some weight and strengthen my abdomen and back.Their confidence in me made me achieve the needed goals to control my health. I am indebted to these doctors for life and would fly anywhere they were to perform the surgery if it was ever needed.
My massage therapist (whom I've not seen for over two months just lazy, busy you know the excuses) suggested and provided at no charge a foot roller-massage, and suggested use of a tennis ball to stretch out my foot, to help with my possible case of plantar facsitis. I'm impressed with my therapist, and will recommend her all day long.
Nothing will ever replace the need for a skilled, passionate therapist. Part of your therapy includes empowering your patients to want to care for themselves. This only happens when you give them the tools and encouragement to do so.
In the rare event this leads to fewer visits, fear not, for your existing patients will be recommending you all day long because they know your passion is for patient well being, not just the almighty dollar.
If you're still reading this and I've managed to "make you think," please remain a therapist, coach, cheerleader and healer.
The business lesson learned here is not to think always about today, but to look at the financial side of your business as a growing concern: always trying to plant today's seed for the future harvest.
Our company often finds itself in negotiations with people who think short term and don't understand the future harvest.
More often than not, these companies or individuals come back a few years later saying they wish they would've worked with us to begin with. (If I knew then what I know now.)
For those therapists associated with other health offices, have you ever considered offering a free massage to all new patients to the health office? Seed now, harvest later. Always position your "seeding" as your passion to expose the better health of your patient. A patient cannot benefit from massage therapy without the introduction and education. Obviously, none of us could survive doing free work all the time so limit the "seeding" to an acceptable amount per week/month. We all need the cash register to ring today.
Be truthful, giving and passionate about your work and it shows. Smile and the world smiles with you. The people you introduce to the benefits of massage therapy will return to you ten-fold. Until next month, be healthy, be good, stay focused and be motivated.
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