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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 02
Communicating the Importance of Frequent Sessions
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question: How do you get a person to come two or three times a week to work on an injury? It's often tough to get a client to come once a week.
Answer: I am often asked this question by practitioners who are new to orthopedic massage. Working on people who have pain and injury problems is quite different from performing relaxation massage. Relaxation massage therapy might be effective if the client comes once a week, twice a month, or even once a month -- depending on the degree of stress the person's body is under.
In order for orthopedic massage to be effective, the client usually must come a minimum of twice a week, and sometimes more frequently. However, the sessions often can be shorter in duration; they are frequently just 30 minutes long.
If you take the time to set the context of your work, getting someone to come two or three times per week is not that difficult. What do I mean by setting the context of your work? Most therapists are anxious to get the client on the table and start working on them right away. When dealing with a pain problem, that's not the best way to begin.
Before doing any hands-on work, it's important to establish the therapeutic relationship -- take a slow and thorough history, do an assessment with whatever testing methods you use, talk to the client about the type of treatment you suggest and give the person plenty of time to ask you questions. This is all I do in the first session. At that point, I tell the client I want them to think seriously about whether or not they want the treatment. I tell them that it's a big commitment. I also explain that I don't take on any client unless I believe I have a good chance of being able to help them. Then I outline how I expect the treatment to progress.
For example, I might recommend the client come for one-hour sessions twice a week for six to eight weeks. Once they start to show improvement, I'd cut the sessions down to 45 minutes. As they continue to show improvement, I'd see them once a week for a while, and then once every other week. Meanwhile, I would be teaching the client exercises to do on a daily basis, and in certain cases, I might suggest they see a nutritionist for some dietary counseling.
After providing all of this information, I ask the client to think about their decision for a few days and then give me a call. Only if the person has absolutely decided to get treatment and insists on making an appointment right away, do I go ahead and give them an appointment at the end of the initial assessment session. Proceeding in this way helps to ensure that before clients begin treatment, they fully understand and agree to the time commitment that is necessary to enable their injury to heal. If an individual has a financial constraint, I will, in certain cases, take the person on for a nominal fee. If my life doesn't permit me to do that at the moment, I will refer them to someone else trained in orthopedic massage.
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