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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
Protecting Freedom of Health Care
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCBTMB
The national politics of health care and health freedom is fascinating these days. I promise I will get back to insurance and education issues soon, but they will become irrelevant if we are not allowed to practice, or if no one is allowed to receive our services.There is a significant chance this could be the case if efforts, currently under way, are successful. Therefore, I feel the need to share some of the current issues regarding health freedom in this space. If you promise to read this entire column, I will give you a handy clinical tip to help low back cases. Your eyes will be monitored for compliance. We have our ways.
The purpose of this editorial is to increase your awareness of health freedom issues and how they are so important to alternative providers and the public we serve. Without the freedom to choose your health care provider, and without the freedom to practice your chosen health care techniques, alternative providers will be put out of business. Short of that, we will be integrated, co-opted, and put under the strict control of the allopathic cartel, most likely via insurance. Hopefully, you will be motivated to become involved in protecting and promoting freedom of choice in health care while it is still available. Most people take their rights and freedoms for granted until it is too late to save them. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. It only requires awareness and a small effort by many to protect freedom. It becomes a huge task, often a struggle, to regain it once it is lost. Your opportunities to practice as you chose depend upon your willingness to protect your rights to do so.
As massage therapist and bodyworkers, we are alternative health care providers. In some states we are legally recognized by some form of regulation; in some states we are not. In either case, but more so in the latter (except Oklahoma and Minnesota), we are all subject to being prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license, according to the whims of the state medical board. Having our scope of practice defined by legislation and a regulatory system, usually state licensing, offers some protection. The services we and other alternative providers offer to the public are in direct competition to the allopathic medical/pharmaceutical cartel. They have vowed to eliminate or control all competing forms of health care. Having studied what the cartel has done in the past to chiropractic or anyone who dares to administer an effective cure for cancer, I am always curious as to what they are up to next, and who the next target is. The primary target at this time seems to be the freedom to choose what form of health care the public can utilize. This has the potential to negatively impact our practices, regardless of the type or technique. Freedom of choice in health care is not guaranteed and is quickly eroding. Many of you in this profession are painfully aware that the current system of regulation and licensing of providers restricts the freedom of choice to practice the form of health care service one might desire to provide. Insurance and Medicaid/Medicare are working hard to limit what services the public may receive, who they may receive it from, and how much they may receive.
A colleague in Oklahoma, Robert Groves, PhD, has come up with a solution whose time has come. This honest and sincere practitioner has drafted an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to guarantee health freedom for both providers and receivers. It is simple, straightforward and powerful. This is a huge undertaking, but the longest journey begins with the first step. He must collect a huge number of signatures on a petition. He needs the support of the alternative health community. We and our patients (the public) are the ones who stand to benefit the most from the guarantee of this freedom. I assure you the allopathic cartel (by the way, the hidden partner in all cartels is a government) does not want individuals in charge of their own health. If you care about your freedom to practice and individuals' rights to chose alternative health care services, you might want to support this petition. You can sign it at: www.PetitionOnline.com/healall/petition.html. Do what you feel is right.
Last month I mentioned the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act. The federal department of Health and Human Services has now thrown its coercive muscle behind this proposal. However, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons has begun a campaign to stop this dangerous legislation. They have a petition and lots of information available at: www.aapsonline.org. For those of you not on the World Wide Web, they also have an information hotline: 800-419-4777.
Remember, the consequences of inaction are often more severe than those of action. Not standing up for the rights of others means there will be no one left to stand up for yours.
OK, you kept your promise, I'll keep mine. When working with a person having low back complaints, always check the quadratus lumborum muscle on both sides. Quite often you will find spasms or trigger points in one or both of these muscles. However, sometimes the tissues will refuse to respond and will not relax. Try moving inferior and treating the gluteus medius and minimus. Then return to the QL and treat it again. It will almost always relax after you have relaxed the two deep gluteals. You're welcome. Just send me a 1% commission from each successful treatment using this information. Just kidding.
Have a great month, and don't forget to allow some time to take care of yourself, so you can continue to help others.
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