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News in Brief
Major Organizations Announce Joint Conference; Fighting for Section 2706; New Vice President of Chiro. Program at Parker; Two Families, One Chiropractic Dynasty.
Defending With Vitamin D: Helps Prevent Progression to Diabetes
A 2014 clinical trial published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides additional evidence that optimal vitamin D nutritional status may be important in preventing the progression of prediabetes to diabetes in prediabetic adults.
Image Is Everything: The Power of Branding
Successful businesses use color and design to attract people to their service. They understand how important image is and hire experts to create an attractive package. Starbucks works hard to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Are Your Work Orders in Order?
There are times when a patient's occupational duties will delay or prevent them from recovering. These circumstances create the need for the doctor to recommend modified duty or remove the patient from work.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Not All Evidence Is Equal; An Abundance of Misinformation; A Well-Researched Decision; Far Too Dangerous.
Overcoming Barriers to Exercise Compliance
One of the most common questions other practitioners ask me is, "How do I get patients to do their exercises?" I am not frustrated by my patient compliance, as many doctors are; in fact, I am actually happy with my patients' involvement and commitment.
Is the EHR Ship Setting Sail Without Us?
The numbers are in: As of July 2014, 10,253 doctors of chiropractic have received $123,059,868 in EHR stimulus funds – and yet that represents less than 15 percent of our profession.
The Art of Day-to-Day Assessment and Treatment: Clinical Pearls
Let's focus on the day-to-day process of assessing and treating the patient. I am proposing a particular attitude; a way of looking at the patient. This often evolves over a few treatments and then changes as you figure out what is significant.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
The Wisdom of the Second Office Location (SOL)
There are some things I never want to do again, like riding a motorcycle 100 mph. I call these things my "negative bucket list." Other things I have on that list include water skiing, riding a roller coaster and eating habanero peppers.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Love a Nurse – and They'll Love You Back
According to various sources, there are about 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., and according to the American Nurses Association, they are under serious pressure in today's health care reality.
A Dream Come True for Chiropractic: Funding Prevention and Public Health
Back in 2005, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said: "Let's face it, in America today we don't have a health care system, we have a sick care system.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
State by State: Comparing Chiropractic Scope of Practice
"The issue of 'scope of practice' has been a bugaboo ever since our early quests for legal recognition for chiropractic," according to Dr. Claire Johnson, editor in chief of JMPT and National's other two chiropractic journals.
Billing for Same-Visit Extraspinal and Spinal Manipulation
Q: I have always been under the premise that when billing 98943, extraspinal chiropractic manipulation, on the same visit as spinal manipulation, 98940-98942, that the extraspinal manipulation requires modifier 51.
Women's Health: Herbal Formulas to Help Patients With Dysmenorrhea
Chiropractors have long treated women for menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea). Since roughly 60 percent of all chiropractic patients are women and 30-50 percent of women have a history of menstrual cramps, the vast majority of doctors of chiropractic will inevitably see patients with dysmenorrhea.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
Strength in Numbers: Holistic Health Schools Form Alliance
By Michael Devitt
For several months, administrators at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) have considered new ways of strengthening the school's ties with a local branch of Southwest Acupuncture College and the Rolf Institute, a pair of neighboring holistic health institutions.The idea gained momentum this past December, when the Rolf Institute moved to a new location in Boulder less than a mile from the BCMT and Southwest campuses, prompting administrators at BCMT and the other schools to create an informal alliance that could allow for open houses, cross-training between programs, and other benefits for students and the public. "We're all involved in restoring health in an individual, and we all do it without the use of allopathic drugs, based on a holistic view of the human body," said Valerie Hobbs, Southwest's campus director. "There are things about being a health care practitioner that are common, regardless of modality."
The alliance is already creating new opportunities for students. Last October, for instance, BCMT held a free book-signing event and invited students from the three institutions. More than 100 students attended, which spurred school leaders to consider offering other attractions, such as public forums and panel discussions. Students who attend one of the colleges also benefit by receiving discounted services at the other two schools, such as discounted massage and Rolfing treatments. Program leaders believe that allowing students to experience other healing methods broadens their knowledge of different forms of care, and could make them more inclined to refer future patients to other practitioners. According to an article in the Boulder County Business Report, some academic "blending" has already begun as a result of the alliance. Southwest recently hired a person trained at BCMT to teach its shiatsu class, and BCMT offers an Asian bodywork curriculum similar to the one taught at the acupuncture college.
Administrators at each college have also discussed the possibility of participating in shared health-fair booths, joint workshops and a film series, and the alliance may eventually include elective course credit offered when students from one institution take a class at the other two. According to Ms. Hobbs, however, Southwest's accreditation process currently prohibits the school from offering classes to people who aren't officially enrolled at the college.
One of the more controversial aspects of the alliance involves the prospect of all three schools being housed on the same campus, offering separate programs but sharing space, administrative staff and resources. The Boulder County Business Report article noted that BCMT President Barbara Bollmann was in favor of creating such a campus within the next five years. Three years remain on BCMT's lease; however, the Rolf Institute just began a seven-year lease at its new location, and officials at Southwest have their own goals in mind. "The college has a long-range plan to own its own building," Hobbs said. "So, if that opportunity were to happen at the right place and the right time, we'd be interested. We've only been in our building for two years, and we're quite happy where we are."
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