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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.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
The Hidden Costs of Purchasing Massage Tables
By Linda Riach
There is an inclination among massage therapists, both experienced and inexperienced, to purchase inexpensive equipment. The reflex to save money on the spot is natural, but can cost you dearly in the end.Too often, with cheap massage tables, you get what you pay for. To avoid the hidden costs of tables, here are some issues to think about to ensure that you get the right table to maximize your practice. After all, aside from one's hands and training, the table is the single most important tool upon which the practitioner's whole livelihood hangs.
When purchasing a table, the first question to ask is, "What purpose will the table serve?" Will the table be used only for massages? If so, what type? Or will the table be used to offer other services, as well? If so, you'll want to consider a table with features that support each modality and functionality, such as padding, height adjustability, even a backrest. A less expensive table that is not as accommodating can cause you to incur greater costs, since an unequipped table cannot perform all the functions you will need. The wrong table will create a poor experience for your client and put undue strain on your key business investment - your body. If your table cannot accommodate your usage needs, you will have to purchase a second table, which will add an additional unplanned expense to your practice.
For the practitioner, a good table can mean the difference between a healthy career and a painfully stunted one. In this case, a "good table" means one that reflects your physical attributes and ergonomically supports your body mechanics, including your height, weight, strength and modality. In other words, you want a table that reflects your physical reality and allows you to service a thriving client list without suffering physical burnout. A well-designed table can turn your day-to-day practice into a lifelong career!
If you are not a sole practitioner, poor table choices can cost you one of your most valued assets - your employees. Ergonomically unfriendly tables can take a toll on your practitioners by creating "wear and tear" on their bodies, making the workplace unbearable, shortening their careers and increasing your turnover rate! Poor-quality tables can lead to ongoing frustration for your massage therapists; it sends the message that you don't care about their comfort or longevity. These factors contribute to costly staff turnover. Don't forget, word-of-mouth is an important marketing tool for a massage business. Employees - past and present - talk.
One good massage experience is often enough to keep clients coming back, which generates greater, ongoing revenue for you. All it takes is one bad appointment, and you will probably never see that customer again. Well-made, comfortable tables will enhance the massage experience for the client, helping to take it to a whole new level. Ironically, a great table "disappears"; the ergonomics of a great table go unnoticed during a massage and keep the attention on the treatment-where it belongs. Foam quality; table width; getting on and off the table with ease; and bolsters, all contribute significantly to creating client comfort. In short, a great table is the foundation upon which a great massage is built.
High-quality tables positively influence efficacy. In terms of table features and accessories, the right tool for the job can make the difference between helping or hindering a client's health and well-being. A good table, designed with both you and the client in mind, will enhance your therapy and help the client achieve greater wellness.
While there are reputable companies that manufacture and import tables from overseas, some questionable companies that offer less expensive tables often do so because they have less invested in them: less testing, less design and development, lower-grade materials and lower safety standards. Some of these are manufactured in underdeveloped nations, for low wages, in substandard conditions. Massage therapists that are willing to gamble on safety and table quality are opening themselves up to costly liability, years of potential litigation and a ruined reputation.
Safety is not the place to cut costs for you or your clients! Check with your sales representative about the company's commitment to safety standards, testing and weight-acceptance ratios. Do not underestimate the reputation, customer service and stability of the manufacturer. Who is going to honor a warranty if the table company goes belly-up? You want a table from a company that will answer your questions and be responsive to your needs. A table is a big investment for anyone, and a good one can last you a lifetime. Reputable table companies should back up any claims they make.
The Life of the Equipment
Better equipment lasts longer. Investing in top-quality equipment designed to last for years will go a long way toward creating goodwill among staff and clients, and generate additional cost savings over the life of the products. While it may be easier to buy less expensive equipment in the short run, in the long run, the high-quality tables cost less and actually pay you back in increased return business. Less expensive tables often have shorter life spans. Further, higher quality tables often come with lifetime guarantees, so you don't have to buy a table twice if you do experience any type of table-related defect or failure.
When considering purchasing a table - in essence, finding the right foundation upon which to build your business - consider all the real and hidden costs. Remember that investing in a table that supports its purpose, your employees and your clients will give you a great return over the life of the table. With that in mind, it is a good idea to resist the urge to save money now, rather than invest in the health of your business over the long term.
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