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Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
December, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 12
Moving Beyond Fibromyalgia
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
Around the age of 25, my doctor diagnosed me with a condition known as fibromyalgia (FM). Although I'd heard of FM, like most people (including my doctors at the time), I didn't know much about the condition.
What I did know was that it was a chronic condition and the cause of a lot of pain and dysfunction for me. But as someone who'd always been physically fit and active, I wasn't willing to accept the idea that I'd have to live with fatigue and discomfort for the rest of my life. Instead, I made it my personal mission to learn as much as I could about FM and how to treat it.
FM Then and Now
During my exploration, I was surprised to discover that there wasn't a significant amount of research done on FM in over 50 years. In fact, during the past half a century there had only been one significant shift in the treatment of this condition. That shift was the use of pharmaceuticals.
The addition of pharmaceuticals seemed to halt research on more holistic approaches to FM. And somewhere in the subterfuge, the idea that the human body has the capacity to heal itself when brought into equilibrium was lost.
Many people who suffer from FM have tried a plethora of pharmaceuticals that promise to ease their pain, only to find that the drugs have little effect on the actual symptoms.
Solving the FM Puzzle
As an FM patient and a therapist, I began to look past the pharmaceuticals to more holistic approaches. As I gathered different pieces to the FM puzzle, three complimentary approaches to wellness soon took focus. If FM was to be controlled successfully, it would have to be treated on three fronts simultaneously: the physical, the mental and the spiritual. This is what I call the Triad of Health for FM patients. When a patient ignores one piece of the puzzle, they create an opportunity for pain and dysfunction to take its place.
The Physical Piece
As a therapist, you no doubt see clients who suffer from FM in your practice. Here are a few tips to help your clients find the physical relief they so need:
The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection: Bringing the Pieces Together
There's been a lot of attention lately on the mind-body-spirit connection. But the concept has been around for years. Even ancient healers knew that a person's state of mind and belief in things both seen and unseen played a tremendous role in their ability to heal.
Here are some modern day tips you can introduce to your clients to keep their body, mind and spirit in alignment.
The 1930's Approach
A few years ago I ran across an article on the condition formerly known "fibrositis" (aka fibromyalgia). Here are a few treatment tips the article shared and why they're still good advice today:
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