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Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12
Tips for the ADD and Dyslexic Therapist
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Many people, including healthcare providers, suffer with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and/or dyslexia. They should be happy to know their name is among a list of brilliant people like Albert Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci.Often, during a session, suffers realize they have forgotten the patient's name, or if the pain was located on the right or the left shoulder. They get confused about which myofascial tissues to assess and treat. However, by having effective systems in place, suffers can avoid embarrassing situations and function at highly effective levels. Einstein and Da Vinci used illustrations to assess, document, review and communicate their findings. I would like to share numerous tips to keep you focused, on target and with the necessary information available in a picture format, so you are relaxed and able to let your gifted skills shine.
We can only receive, process and remember a limited amount of information at a time. Often, the number seven, plus or minus two, is our capacity limit for processing information. However, the reality is that during a session, you might need to remember, juggle, toggle and switch between seven or more things at any given moment about the patient, the treatment plan, the schedule, etc. Systems that utilize visual images are intuitive and easy to follow. A picture is worth a thousand words, making it a powerful aid for staying organized.
The location and description of the patient's pain can provide several clues. Have each patient complete a "Pain Form" before each session by writing their name, shading the areas of their body that hurt, adding descriptive modifiers like: A = Ache, P = Pain, S = Stabbing, etc. The intensity of the pain should also be rated on a scale of one to ten (1 = No pain and 10 = Extreme pain). Now you have the patient's subjective complaints in a visual format. Position this form so it can be seen and referenced, even at a distance, throughout the session.
It is easy to take photos and videos of your patients with your iPhone, smart phone, tablet or iPad to document their poor posture and gait. Why wouldn't you use this technology to educate your patients? It is not magic and no special software is needed, you simply take a picture of the patient's posture, zoom-in and show them the obvious problems. Just like an orthopedic surgeon, dentist or chiropractor uses x-rays to educate the patient and formulate a treatment plan, you can take postural analysis photos and explain your findings. This process also captures the patient's physical appearance, hairstyle and more, which can be very helpful, to jog your memory prior to follow up sessions.
Medical research of myofascial trigger points (TrPs) has identified the common TrP location(s) and pain referral pattern(s). You don't need to remember all the research, just be capable of referencing and applying that knowledge. On laminated wall or flip charts, use a wet erase marker to circle involved muscles based on the research. Now you have created a visual treatment plan to follow. Each muscle that needs to be assessed is circled and can be seen at a distance. Dictating or writing notes is very easy when you reference charts. Also, muscle movement charts are extremely helpful listing the normal degrees of joint range-of-motion and the muscles producing each movement throughout the body. This makes it easy to determine which muscles are causing the pain and/or limiting range-of-motion.
Even with attention deficit disorder and/or dyslexia you can stay focused during treatment. Like Einstein and Da Vinci, you can also use visuals to assess, document, review and communicate your findings. Please let me know how these systems worked for you. Good luck and I am curious to know how you adapted or modified these recommendations for your situation.
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