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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 06
Become a Culturally Competent Practitioner
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
Decades ago I was an occupational therapy intern at a hospital in Iowa. One day, my supervisor called a meeting where she told her staff about a new patient — not something that typically triggered a meeting.But, this was not a typical patient! He was the elder of a gypsy family. The hospital was making preparations to accommodate what tradition dictated in gypsy culture.
The entire extended family would stay on the premises during the elder's hospitalization. I'm no expert in gypsy culture but that's not the point here. Looking back, I admire the way the hospital handled the situation. For days this family stayed in campers in the parking lot and there were several family members in the hospital room night and day. I remember being fascinated by all this even though I didn't understand it. I'm glad the hospital set such a good example and honored the needs of this patient while demonstrating cultural sensitivity.
As the population of the United States becomes increasingly ethnically blended, health care practitioners are being called upon to care for people from diverse cultures. This is especially true in hospitals and medical clinics but also in long term care, rehabilitation hospitals, hospice and home care. Since more massage therapists are working in these settings, it's important to explore how to approach a multicultural clientele with sensitivity while respecting cultural differences of individuals, families and groups.
Developing Cultural Competence
In the context of health care, cultural competence is simply the ability to relate to and provide services for people from cultures and traditions other than one's own. Lots of things make up a person's culture and world view. Ethnicity, family heritage, spiritual tradition, beliefs about illness and wellbeing, views of death and dying, food beliefs, family structure, language and non-verbal communication, and attitudes about touch are a few such influences. What follows are tactics to become a more culturally competent and sensitive healthcare practitioner in our diverse society.
Since massage therapy fosters a holistic approach, factoring in the needs of people from a range of cultures seems logical. With greater opportunities to serve clients in medical settings, you can be an example of cultural competence to other healthcare practitioners while at the same time providing excellent service for your client.
Click here for previous articles by Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
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