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Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
March, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 03
Are You a Massage Geek?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I'm not sure if you are experiencing similar things in your practice as I am in mine. In the last year the impact of technology has had a greater importance than it ever has before. Just today I received e-mail from an individual informing me that she found my name on the Internet and wanted information about my practice.I was fortunate enough to have read her e-mail about 30 minutes after she had written it. I responded with basic information and specific answers to her questions and in about 15 more minutes she sent a second e-mail thanking me for my prompt response, saying she wanted to book a series of weekly appointments. Do you think that I'm pleased to have my laptop connected to the Internet on my office desk?
And speaking of the laptop on my desk, it is a technological marvel in that it has intrinsic "wi fi" capability. That means that it will search for wireless networks and allow me to connect to them. More important to me than e-mail is my electronic scheduling calendar. While I used to have a spiral wire-bound appointment calendar, I now use the calendar function in my laptop to keep all personal, professional and client appointments. It gives me the capability of "dragging and dropping" appointments from one day to another, and copying recurring appointments into the future.
The laptop also has a complete list of all my clients and their contact information. I can use that information to print labels for newsletters or correspondence, and call them when situations require schedule changes, etc.
And speaking of calling, when I have to call my clients I frequently call them on my cell phone - another technological wonder. My long distance bills are negligible since I have started using my cell phone. My cell phone is one of the new cell phone/PDA hybrids. As a PDA it (like my old Palm Pilot) has both calendar and contacts functions, as well as "to do" lists, and notes. What is really nice is having the capability of verifying my calendar anytime my cell phone is with me. This has come in handy at restaurants when I've run into people wishing to make an appointment. I can pull out my cell phone, check my schedule and immediately book the client into an available time slot.
My PDA/phone synchronizes with my laptop when I get back to the office so that both have the same information. After getting to my office, the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night is to synchronize the two devices. When I get home, the first thing I do is synchronize the PDA/phone to my home desktop computer. This ensures that all three devices share the same information and provide the ultimate in information backup. I remember when I used to cart around a huge "day timer" that controlled my day-to-day life. If I ever lost that book it would bring panic and thoughts of impending doom to mind. Now I just have my cell phone; it has more information than the old day timer did and the added ability of instant retrievablity. If lost, I simply purchase a new one, place it in the charging cradle connected to either my laptop or desktop, and hit the "sync" button. All information is immediately restored to the device.
I think practice management software is important to the "massage geek," also. It's nice to have the ability to record soap notes, treatment, financial details, and everything else in one package. Residing on my laptop, I could also complete HCFA forms if I billed insurance companies (I don't!), generate reports to physicians, and track income from all sources.
Technology is good for my business. It allows me to sign up for conferences and conventions where I obtain my required continuing education, online, in the middle of the night. It allows me to accept credit cards in my practice. It allows me to stay in contact with my clients even when I am not in my office.
I firmly believe that today's technology makes me more money than it costs me to utilize it. If you haven't yet jumped on the techno bandwagon, I encourage you to do so. It's fun and it works.
I know many massage therapists who consider themselves "high touch, low tech." I am suggesting that you might be better served being "high touch, high tech."
Go ahead! Don't be afraid! Track your income in financial planning software, and do your taxes on tax software. Get new business by being part of "massage locator" services. Massage membership associations give special considerations to use of technology, allowing members to sign up for workshops online, pay for products and services online, and contact officers and staff online.
So go build that Web site; establish that online locator service. Make it easy for clients to find you. There are many opportunities available for you right at massagetoday.com! Contact our Reader Services Department for more information (800-359-2289).
See you there!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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