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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.
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.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Iridology and Massage
By Karen E. Jones, LMT
Welcome to the launch of "Stay in Touch with...," a quarterly column designed to provide a brief introduction of a particular technique or modality.
If you would like to contribute to this column, contact the managing editor, at .
If you have never heard of iridology, you are not alone.When combined with massage therapy, iridology is an excellent modality that has given me a new way to treat clients. It assists me in identifying and applying techniques to specific areas of the body that need attention in order to restore energy, and physical and emotional balance; it serves as an alternate pathway to support, nurture and revitalize areas of concern during a massage therapy treatment.
Years before I started applying iridology to my practice, I heard a story about a European scientist named Ignatz von Peczely. As a young boy in Hungary, Ignatz captured an owl in the family garden to keep as a pet. The owl fractured its leg while attempting to escape. Ignatz studied the owl and noticed a black spot that had developed in the owl's iris that he had not seen there before. The experience must have made an impression on von Peczely's young and inquisitive mind, because later, when he noticed a similar mark in a man's iris, he remembered the encounter with the owl. Thus began the development of what is now modern iridology, a study accepted and practiced by medical doctors in Europe today, and gaining popularity in the United States.
Iriodology is the study and analysis of the neuro-optic reflex, observed on the iris of the eye. Iridology is the art and science of revealing pathological; structural; functional; and emotional disturbances in the body. The iris can reveal information concerning an individual's inherited and acquired tendencies toward health and disease, his or her general condition and the state of every organ. In short, the iris is a blueprint or microstructure of the entire body. Iridology cannot detect a specific disease, but it can tell if an individual has an excessive or deficient activity in a specific area or system. It complements the practices of massage therapy; herbology; acupuncture; homeopathy; naturopathic medicine; energy bodywork; reflexology; Chinese medicine; and other various types of natural therapies.
The International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) [formerly the International Iridology Research Association] offers this insight into iridology:
This is an exciting time to discover alternatives in the health care field. Massage therapists can enhance their work, provide the best service, and open new horizons by incorporating iridology into their practices.
For more information on iridology and becoming a certified iridologist, contact the IIPA at 888-682-2208.
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