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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 01
A New Year, A New Beginning, A New You
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
In this season of celebration, a new year begins. To keep the celebration going and improve our overall health and increase our energy, good nutritional choices and a commitment to a more active lifestyle are key.It's all about choices, after all. Last month, we talked about self-care resolutions. Now we get to put them into action. It's easy and fun to do.
First, use up at least as many calories as you take in. For food choices, start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. For simplicity, multiply your weight by 10; that's approximately how many calories you should take in per day. If you have a lot of physical activity in your day, you can multiply your weight by 11. An easy goal would be to eat fewer calories than you know you can burn up every day. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Another attainable goal: at least 30 minutes every day. Regular physical activity will help you maintain your weight, keep off the weight that you've already lost and help you reach toward physical and cardiovascular fitness. If you can't do at least 30 minutes at one time, don't stress. You can add up 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
At the beginning of our sessions with our clients, we do an assessment. So, let's do a self-assessment: In the last 24 hours, how many servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and red meat have you eaten? A serving of fruit or vegetables is half a cup (the size of your fist). A serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. A serving of whole grain is one piece of whole-grain bread or a cup of whole-grain cereal. How many servings of each did you take in the last 24 hours? Do the last 24 hours represent approximately the way you eat every day? Taking control of food input and activity output are the healthiest choices you will make for yourself. Here are a few quick food tips.
Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the full nutrition it needs to maintain vibrant health. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other compounds but remain low in calories. Choose from a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. 'Living food' (plant-based) can help you control your weight and your blood pressure. Unrefined, whole-grain, fiber-rich foods can help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full, which may assist you in managing your weight. For protein, add fish at least twice a week. Research shows that eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (for example, salmon, trout, and herring) may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease.
You could use your daily allotment of calories for a few high-calorie foods and beverages, but you probably wouldn't get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy. An occasional splurge as a reward for reaching a goal is OK. However, limits on how much saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium in your daily choices will get you the results you seek. Read labels on packaged foods carefully. The nutrition facts panel will tell you how much of which nutrients each food or beverage may contain.
It might be helpful to choose lean meats and prepare poultry without skin and added saturated and trans fat. Cut back on prepared foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars. Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Keep an eye on your portion sizes.
Now that you know the secrets to feeding the body with proper nutrition and are physically activity for 30 minutes per day, you can make the lifestyle changes you seek. You control your choices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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