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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
Age-Related Changes and Conditions, Part 2
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
Last month, in part one of this article, we explored the typical changes that occur in physical and mental condition and function as people age. If you serve older adults in your practice, it's important to have a working understanding of signs and symptoms that might point to an underlying disease.Although we certainly aren't in the role of diagnosing any condition, we do have the responsibility to be watchful of changes and to refer to other health practitioners when appropriate. While some age-related changes generally are thought to be "normal," others might be signs of disease. Being informed about and anticipating such changes will strengthen your ability to assess your clients' needs, initially and on an ongoing basis.
Assessing the needs of elder clients might require you to modify your approach to fit individual differences in functional abilities. The purpose of any assessment is to determine four things:
Being willing to change how you conduct your assessment is critical to accommodate an older clientele. With a few practical adaptations, you will be able to gather the information you need to serve your clients with confidence.
Develop keen observation skills. Use you eyes, ears and intuition to gather information. By tuning in to both the person and the environment, you learn about functional abilities, posture, movement and pain. The client's reason for having a massage and their goals will determine the extent of the assessment. First, find out why they are getting a massage and go from there. The information you need will be different if they are there because their doctor referred them due to shoulder pain or because their daughter gave them a gift certificate.
Make the assessment process "user friendly." Simply asking your client to fill out your intake form might not be the best way to get the information you need. Many elders have difficulty writing due to arthritis or tremor. Even reading the small print of your form might be daunting to some. A few simple changes will save time and frustration for you and your client:
Even if a family member or friend accompanies your client, direct your questions and other communication to your client, not the companion. This empowers and honors the elder, and helps to establish a therapeutic relationship.
Signs of Possible Disease
The information you gather on your assessment form is only part of the story. Older adults often experience changes in physical or mental states that can be observed by looking, listening and feeling. If you sharpen your observation skills, you might pick up on important information not only during the initial assessment, but also during each visit. You then can make sound professional choices about how to proceed. The following changes might indicate an underlying condition or disease.
Vision: Sudden change in vision; eye pain, redness or swelling; or excessive discharge.
Hearing: Severe or abrupt hearing loss; ringing in the ears; or loss of balance.
Skin Conditions: Itching that causes sleep loss; new skin lesions or ulcers; mole that changes; bleeds, oozes, changes color or shape, or becomes larger; scars from past surgery; rash; edema; or red, shiny appearance (inflammation).
Bones and Joints: Pain that decreases mobility and range of motion; inflammation; scars from past surgery; recent fracture; or postural deformity (e.g., kyphosis of the spine).
Mobility: Physical pain, stiffness or swelling that inhibits the ability to accomplish daily activities; balance disturbance; decreased coordination; or a recent fall.
Urinary System: Burning on urination; urgency to urinate; "leaking" and stress incontinence; pain in the side or back; or incontinence.
Cognitive: Abrupt change in personality or signs of confusion or disorientation.
Being informed and ready to adapt to a client's changing needs will give you greater confidence in your skills, allowing you to enjoy the rich rewards of serving older adults in your practice.
Click here for previous articles by Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
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