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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.
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
Where to Begin
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
"I am ready to start my own business and don't know what to do. Where should I begin?" This is a huge, open-ended question but one I get asked quite a bit. Knowing what I know about massage education in the United States and practice management in particular, I am amazed when this question pops up.
Even in a 500 hour school, certain instruction is given regarding starting a business. Basic steps for startup are taught at most, if not all, institutions. Is it that the students don't listen or they don't think they'll need to retain this information? I'd like to think this is not the case. Often, it is that self employment is delayed several years after graduation and the information offered in school is long since forgotten. Employment is the often first stop out of school, offering security while skills and confidence are lacking. As self-assurance grows, dreams of being the boss are rekindled. But then what?
There is so much help out there that it is yours for the asking. No one should stumble at starting a business. The real challenge is making it thrive, but that's a topic for another article. Let me offer several suggestions for resources into this topic:
Around the same time as massage therapists ask how to start a business, I get asked when is the right time to make the jump to private practice. That is such a personal question and decision and something I help with in my consulting practice. It differs from person to person, and is dependent on many factors. That being said, one of the (strong) recommendations I make for starting a business is having three months of financial reserves built up for both the business and personal expenses. The old rule of thumb used to be six months but I advocate for at least three. You have to expect the worst case scenario and that is no income for a while. If you can't sustain your life and your business during this draught, you have no business starting a business. Hard core, I know, but it's the reality.
Lastly, I want to make a suggestion for any therapist whose really big dream is self employment. Whether you are a student, a new graduate or a veteran in the field who aspires to owning your own business, start to build your business/private practice right away. After all, a private practice can mean one client. While you are employed someplace else, start your little baby private practice with that one client. One will turn into two and into four and on and on. This way when you decide to make the business leap, you are not starting from square one.
Starting a business begins with you and some simple steps. Use the resources that are available to you and make the leap. Self-employment isn't for everyone, but if you dream of being your own boss and you think you have the qualities to succeed, use the tools that are at your disposal and ask for help. Being smart isn't having all the answers; it is knowing where to find them.
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