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Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
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.
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.
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.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
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.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
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.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
Serving Elders: Do You Have What It Takes?
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
Working with elders can be a successful area of practice and a personally rewarding experience. It's no secret that this is a growing scope of practice for massage therapists. More and more long-term care facilities are seeing the value of massage for frail elders, those with dementia and the dying. Massage therapists have increasing opportunities to serve this special population. But before you decide to offer your services to your local nursing home, ask yourself these questions: "Am I prepared?" and "Do I have what it takes?" Serving this population requires a unique combination of knowledge, skills and personal awareness.
Knowledge gives you a foundation from which you can act. When you are informed, you can offer your care with confidence and ease. It is essential to be informed about the characteristics and needs of this special population, including:
Develop Your Skills
Working with elders in facility care requires a set of skills that go beyond massage techniques. While being skilled in massage techniques is important, this work often requires creativity and flexibility because of environmental barriers, positioning needs or communication challenges.
Deepen Your Self-Awareness
Knowing yourself and affirming your own healing presence is perhaps the greatest gift you can offer those you serve. Working with elders will challenge you to learn about yourself and will teach you about the profound nature of service. The following questions reflect awareness that arises if you let those you touch be your teacher and allow yourself to grow from your experience.
What personal gifts do I bring to those I touch? What are my fears about touching the frail or dying person? What are my attitudes and beliefs about aging or death and dying? How might I handle the emotional impact of this work? How can I take care of myself to avoid burning out? Do I have a support system or community of like-minded people with whom I can share my experiences?
Serving elders in your practice obviously is a bit complex, but if you make an effort to be informed, enhance your skills and deepen your awareness, your answer to the questions, "Am I prepared?" and "Do I have what it takes?" will be a resounding "Yes!" and you will be on your way to discovering the rewards of this work. And those elders whose lives you touch will be uplifted by your efforts and, more importantly, by your very presence.
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