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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 12
The Perfect Gift
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
It's hard to believe that the season for gift giving is upon us once again, and if your year has been anything like mine, you've weathered a ride on an economic roller coaster that would give Mr. Toad a run for his money.Fortunately, many economists predict brighter times in the near future; however, it's likely that you may be reeling from the recent ups and downs, and gift giving may be the last thing on your mind. At the same time, your loved ones may be wondering how to best choose a gift for you that fits within their budget.
This article will provide tips for gift giving on both sides: how you can best offer the perfect gift to friends, family, and clients and how to inform those close to you what you would consider the "perfect gift" from them.
The Gift of Massage
Perhaps you don't have the funds available to spend buying oodles of gifts for your friends and family this year. Why not give the gift of massage? It's both personal and practical-and it's especially useful during the stressful holiday season. Create gift certificates especially for your friends and family with a personalized note. If you are like most massage therapists, you rarely-if ever-provide massage to those closest to you. And as much as a friend or a family member might want a massage, he/she may not be comfortable asking for one from you. A personalized gift certificate opens the door for them to receive the gift of touch from a trusted source.
If you feel that "gifting" massage to your friends and family would be awkward, there is another way to show your appreciation to the loved ones in your life. Host a small holiday gathering with your closest friends and family. Have your massage table or massage chair set up in an out-of-the-way spot and then offer each guest a 10-15 minute massage. It will be a welcome-and unexpected-holiday surprise.
While it is important to give gifts to your friends and family, it is also important to show your clients how much you appreciate their business and referrals. Offer each of your regular clients 10 percent off their first session in the New Year, along with a sample or two of a topical analgesic with your contact information attached, as a way of thanking them for their continued patronage. You might even sweeten the deal by offering your regular clients 10 percent off one session for each new referral they send you in the New Year.
Making a Wish List
As the holidays approach, it is very likely that your friends and family will ask for gift recommendations from you. And giving is even more special when the recipient receives something that he/she really needed. At the same time, you want to offer ideas that are budget friendly for everyone. Below are some gift ideas you can offer to your friends and family.
In some cases, the more you purchase, the more you save. If there are combination discounts, let the gift giver know; then he/she has the option of purchasing more than one item and holding onto them to give as future gifts.
"Wrap" It Up
People want to give you gifts because they love you and care for you. By making a gift list, you'll get something you really wanted and/or needed but may not have had the money to purchase for yourself. Your loved one will have the satisfaction of knowing that you will treasure the gift they gave and that particular gift will always be uniquely connected to the person who gave it to you.
I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and rewarding holiday season. I'll see you in 2010!
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