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State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
What Are My Choices?
Software and Computer Supplies
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information, and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer software and computer supplies - important components of a successful massage practice.
Central Florida Web Hosting: Practice management software. Program features: appointment scheduling; client tracking and management; therapist tracking and scheduling; point of sale checkout; and reports daily activity, activity by therapist, and soap notes. Phone: 866-411-0960; Web: www.massagemanager.com.
ICS Software, LTD: Specializes in providing leading practice management and billing software to businesses of varied sizes within the health care industry. All writing and maintaining of programs is done in-house to provide clients with software updates that successfully match changes in the medical climate as they occur. ICS Software's extensive product line includes, SammyUSA, SammyNotes, SimpleSam, Pocket Sammy and the new TouchTone Sam. Phone: 212-949-6160; E-Mail: ; Web: www.icssoftware.net.
Information For People: Massage therapists, estheticians, spas & salons...build your practice with our line of over 30 client education brochures, numerous gift certificates, postcards, and greeting cards. Other innovative products include client newsletters, professional apparel, practice management software, hand sculptures for office environments, books, videos, presentation aids, copy-ready client handouts, and website tools. Attract clients you want to serve-and keep. Check our Web site additional information. Phone: 800-754-9790; E-mail: ; Web: www.info4people.com.
Island Software Company: The premier developer of today's leading alternative therapy software. Software is easy to install and utilize. Massage Office Professional 1.0, more advanced than Massage Office 2.2 but still easy-to-use, boasts a new client area, indexing, insurance information storage, onscreen scheduler, new S.O.A.P. notes with anatomical library, new HCFA features, CPT4 and ICD9 codes, more marketing templates, improved word processor, inventory tracking, and customized report generator. Phone: 877-384-0295; Web: www.islandsoftwareco.com.
Land Software: Offer the massage professional the most feature affordable massage management program available. We provide freelance professionals the management tools to efficiently and professionally run their home based business without the prohibitive costs associated with the average business management database. We do this by making databases for the individual. We believe that the home business is a growing market and the entrepreneur should have the same tools as the big boys. Phone: 202-237-2733; Web: www.landsw.com.
Massage Manager Software: practice management software for today's busy massage business. Massage Manager has graphical scheduling, client tracking, HCFA billing and detailed reporting. Additionally, Massage Manager will manage your packages, gift certificates and much more. Phone: 866-411-0960; E-mail: ; Web: www.massagemanager.com.
Massage Marketing: Get new clients, get clients to reschedule, and learn marketing basics. Your success depends on effective promotion and marketing. We have some of the best marketing tools available. New: Practice Builder CDs. Develop a professional image with Staying in Touch(tm) educational newsletters, proven effective by over 1,000 therapists. Eight newsletter issues on each CD, only $120. Also includes valuable marketing info, gift certificate and postcard templates, much more. Phone: 877-634-1010; Web: www.massagemarketing.com.
Marine Agency Insurance Corporation: Provides comprehensive insurance coverage to the beauty and wellness industry. Coverage can include: professional and general liability and property coverage. All policies are written with A & A+ rated carriers. Free quotes given upon receipt of a completed application. Phone: 800-763-4775; E-mail: ; Web: www.marineagency.com.
Massage Suite: A software program designed for massage therapists to help manage their business practice. Features include: groups, advance payments, certificates, packages, custom packages, patient referrals, inventory, product sales, track expenses, print CMS forms, custom forms, point and click/drag and drop SOAP notes, complete history of patient coverage, multiple addresses per coverage, enter payments, print labels, statements, reports, and more. Designed for an operating massage clinic. E-mail: ; Web: www.massage-suite.com.
Wincity Custom Software: Writing detailed massage SOAP Notes can be overwhelming. WinCity Massage SOAP Notes, a new computer program, will help you write better SOAP notes in less time, communicate more effectively with referring doctors and insurance companies, follow the latest SOAP Notes standard, and produce professional-looking SOAP Notes. Phone: 866-653-9122; E-mail: ; Web: www.wincityinc.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.
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