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Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
Make Your Table a Sanctuary
By Angie Patrick
In my previous two columns, I shared information about some of the products you use every day, such as lubricants. I also shared tips on how to choose the correct table for your specific needs. No doubt lubricants and your table are two types of products you work with every day. But there are a few other very important pieces of which you should be aware. These pieces are designed to provide your client with added comfort, adequate cover and the promise of cleanliness. These items are your table additives and dressings. In this article, I would like to share some ideas that can enable you to make your treatment table an oasis for your client, while maintaining proper attention to sanitation.
Not all modalities will require the same types of table dressing. Sometimes, all you will need is a sheet. However, in this article, I would like to focus on modalities designed for relaxation and stress relief. I would like to share some ideas that can change your treatment table from just a place to give massage to a healing and stress-melting cocoon of pure comfort and client pampering. (Sign me up!)
Your purely indulgent table should have a foundation of warmth. Table warmers or bed warmers are different from electric blankets. They typically are the size of the surface of your table and have multiple setting for levels of heat. There are a variety of types on the market from ones that are sewn into a flannel fabric to those encased in vinyl with a flannel cover. The vinyls are better suited for any treatment that introduces moisture, such as mud and wraps. (Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions before introducing anything that could conduct electricity. Make sure your specific warmer is made for this.) Still others are intertwined in a plush fleece fabric, providing cozy warmth and added cushioning.
Once you have a platform of warmth, you may decide you need a little more cushioning and pampering for your client. To add a bit more cushion to even the hardest table, add a fleece pad cover to your emerging cocoon. These can be made of natural wool, although, they can certainly be priced higher than some of their synthetic counterparts. One thing you will want to consider is laundering these pieces. The synthetic option is readily washable and usually can be dried on low heat. (Refer to the care instructions for the pad you buy.) This flexibility can certainly be a plus; additionally, you run less risk of a client having an allergic reaction to wool.
OK, so now we have a warmer and a fleece pad. This table is beginning to sound like a real retreat, but we still have a few more items that could truly make it a sanctuary. At this point, I would like to address an issue regarding a barrier between the next layer and the fleece pad. Since you will not want to launder the pad after each use, you will want to purchase a thin, impenetrable barrier that will inhibit cross-contamination, while allowing for the warmth and cushion of the first two layers to shine through. There are barriers made of plastic and vinyl on the market, although, I find the vinyl to be less noisy and easier to clean.
Now the sheets - so many options, so many materials. How do you choose? I have to say I am a big fan of flannel. To me, there is little that can compare to the encompassing comfort of fluffy, soft flannel. Although, I must admit I have had some amazing massage experiences on well-appointed, crisp cotton sheets as well. These days, there are more eco-friendly choices as well, with fibers made of bamboo. Bamboo is a readily renewable resource that has become popular in everything from flooring to furniture. It has recently emerged on the textile scene, creating some extremely soft and luxurious sheet sets. You also can find organic cottons that are quite luxurious. Organic sheet sets are often three to four times the cost of typical massage sheet sets, and this can make it an interesting choice for an item that will be laundered after each use. You will want to choose options that will withstand daily washing, oil stains and repeated usage. Also keep in mind that sheet sets purchased specifically for massage commonly include the cradle cover of a matching material.
This brings us to blankets. I am fond of thermal, cotton-knit blankets. These blankets are cooler in summer and warmer in winter. They are truly workhorses, as they can withstand repeated usage and can hold their shape. For an extra-special treat, try one of the fleece blankets on the market. These are cozy, soft and reminiscent of a baby blanket to the touch. Very indulgent! If you choose to go the far end of the luxury scale, you can purchase a twin-sized down comforter, and have a beautiful duvet and matching pillow to dress the table. Of course, these will be removed before treatment, but the client will get the immediate idea they are in for a soothing and relaxing experience.
Your table should reflect you and your idea of comfort. Imagine yourself on the table and then decide which pieces would make you feel relaxed, renewed and rejuvenated. Client perception is hugely important. Couple a quality massage with indulgent comfort, and your name will be on their lips for days. Hopefully, this pleasant experience will result in word-of-mouth referrals, providing you with a broader client base.
I would love to hear some of the ways you make your table a sanctuary. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you do to achieve the ultimate in client comfort! I look forward to hearing from you.
Click here for previous articles by Angie Patrick.
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