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Chiropractic: The Right Choice for Relieving LBP
"Low back pain (LBP) is a common threat to medicine and a reasonable threat to all national health care systems. ... Reducing ineffective treatments is necessary to decrease the LBP associated costs."
Are They Finally Fixing Medicare Reimbursement?
Even with federal sequestration cuts taking effect in March, including a 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement to health care providers, hope may be on the horizon in the form of a much-anticipated, perpetually suggested overhaul of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which serves as the basis for determining physician reimbursement.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Going Shoeless: The Pros & Cons of Barefoot Running
With the subculture of barefoot runners and the products catering to them growing daily, just about every chiropractor has been asked at one point or another about their opinion regarding barefoot running.
Medicine Presents: A Great Opportunity
The changing nature of health care presents both opportunities and challenges. While we tend to focus on our profession, we can sometimes forget the impact other health care professions can have on us.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
What the Science Says About Magnesium Stearate
It's often been said that scientific studies can be used to support just about anything. But discoveries are never made one study at a time.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Some Thoughts on the TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is an interesting and dynamic articulation that can cause a lot of problems.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Patient Perception and the Farce of "Fast Relief"; A Fly in the Ointment; Persecuted for Choosing to Practice Chiropractic.
Why You Should Get to Know the National Vaccine Information Center
Barbara Loe Fisher has been a diligent advocate for providing parents with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the usage of vaccinations for their children.
News in Brief
Controversial Florida PIP Law Under Review; D'Youville Chiro. Students Learning Art of Co-Managing; And the Award Goes To...; F4CP Recognizes Major Contribution by ChiroTouch.
What They Don't Say Could Hurt You
I have written previously regarding the difficulties of drawing information from patients who are poor historians, forgetful or just plain uncooperative. The thought to revisit the topic occurred recently during preparation for an upcoming seminar.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Remembering Joe Weider (1920-2013)
With the death of Joe Weider, the world's most famous body-building visionary, crusader, fitness magazine publisher and icon, on March 23, 2013, chiropractic has lost one of its greatest friends and supporters.
SOAP Notes: It's Time for a Cleaning
I have been planning for some time to write an article about how traditional SOAP notes do not fit chiropractic practice, and the unfairness of holding DCs to a model clearly created for and primarily applicable to medical physicians.
Have a Heart: Say No to Soda
It's not enough that soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to cavities and weight gain, among other negative health consequences.
A Building Block of Healthy Aging
Coenzyme Q10 has gained enormous attention in recent years, and with good reason —it's the Energizer Bunny of the cellular world.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Research Abstracts From the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics
Effect of Pain Relief on Lumbar Muscle Function and Activation; Effects of Thrust Amplitude and Duration of HVLA Spinal Manipulation; Immediate Effects of Upper Thoracic Manipulation on Cardiovascular Response.
Side Effects From Big Pharma: Wellbutrin – Dangerous for You and Your Baby
Are some of your pregnant patients taking Wellbutrin? If so, it could be a danger to them and their baby. This drug is extremely popular, but it has a serious history.
The Potter's Wheel: Reflections on Practicing in a Technology-Driven World
In my very early years of practice, an older patient named Cora would call me at home, usually late Sunday night after she had consumed an unknown quantity of beer.
Correcting Kid Logic in Health Care and Research Design
A recent broadcast on public radio described a fascinating phenomenon known as kid logic.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Achieving More Than Just Working on One Person at a Time
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
I invite you to take the time to read this short story on how to help millions of women prevent chronic pain. It begins at a very early age when the mind and the body are the most impressionable. We can do more to fight chronic pain than just working on one body at a time. Learn how you can get involved and why.
What is a Muse journey? It is an opportunity to earn three Girl Scout leadership awards, all of which build foundational leadership skills critical to moving up the Girl Scout ladder of leadership and becoming lifelong leaders themselves. The leadership award has three parts: Reach out, Speak out and Try out. The journey has to do with building self-esteem, which is linked to confidence and other positive benefits for girls such as health, happiness, athletic ability, academic achievement and social skills. The journey takes about a year or more to complete.
So, why should you get involved in something like this? Because through this process of involvement, you, as a massage therapist, can help build self-esteem in young women across the country which can lead to a lifestyle of less chronic pain. Also,, this is a fantastic opportunity to achieve business exposure in your community. Here is some staggering statistics regarding the future of women and pain. Research has shown that more than 10 million Americans will be afflicted with Fibromyalgia and that 75% to 90% of that number will be women.
Pain management centers across the country affirm that the number one thing that can help in managing this kind of chronic pain is lifestyle change. Their recommendations are increasing happiness, movement, being a part of the community, improving health through better nutrition and staying positive about life. Doesn't that resemble what the Girl Scout troops across America are trying to instill in our junior-age girls? The Girl Scouts goal is to help avoid the typical drop in self-esteem during the adolescence years. Research studies have linked low self-esteem with depression. For further information on this research you can visit www.GoodTherapy.org.
Here is how I got involved. A friend of mine became a Girl Scout leader to help out her granddaughter's troop and she told me about the year long journey she was planning with the girls. She explained it was about visiting the women in the community and having the girls experience their roles. Her intention was to work on two badges at once Reach Out and Try Out. Reach Out, as she explained, is about visiting and understanding the many roles women and girls play in the world around them and the leadership skills used to play them. And Try out is all about the juniors having the courage and confidence to try out new roles. So, I reached out and invited them to my facility to try out being a personal trainer, massage therapist, esthetician and business owner.
Earning the Try Out Badge
First, I asked them what they knew about personal training. And they had great answers like: diet, exercise and sweating. This is where I really got to do some education about personal training. I gave them information that a personal trainer actually helps people achieve their goals of not just looking better but feeling better and instilling a sense of well-being. We talked about the difference between fitness and wellness. With the goal always being wellness. Each one of the girls had the opportunity to lead us in movement, calling out the body part they were exercising. This is a great way of teaching them the names of the anatomy and what the function of the anatomy does.
Second, I asked them what they knew about massage therapy. And again great answers like, "it relaxes you" and "feels good." We had hand reflexology charts printed for them to follow and try out on each other. During the reflexology session, one of the girls proclaimed after answering a question I asked, "I must have woke up my brain." The experience also went much further than that day. This girl's grandmother told me while at school the next day she was searching for an answer on a test and remembered that pressing the end of her finger was how you wake up the brain. She did just that and relayed to her grandmother that the answer came to her immediately. She busily told all of her other classmates about the experience and she is happy to report they all are waking up their brains!
We also went over some of the conditions that massage therapy can help from the young to the old. Many of the girls were involved in sports so we talked about different sports injuries massage therapy can help with. They also got to experience the six strokes of massage and were encouraged to give Mom and Dad a massage when they got home. I was told that all of them did just that and they didn't stop talking about their experience for at least two hours after getting home.
Third, I asked them what they knew about facials and skin care. Again they had great answers, like "a muddy face and cucumbers." So, we finished the journey with skin care education and leading them through giving themselves facials. They did miss the mud, but really enjoyed the hot towels.
How You Can Get Involved
Bring Community Awareness
There are other ways you can bring community awareness to what you do. Why not try a falls prevention program at your local church, or a headache prevention workshop for your bank branches. How about carpal tunnel prevention for your medical transcriptionists or even teaching self-stretching to your local Parkinson's group. Pick up a copy of your community calendar at your chamber of commerce or local community meetings and get out there and become an educator. If you hate public speaking, then read the book by Susan Jeffers, PhD, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. And to quote the Girl Scouts of America, "Trying on roles and realizing your limitless potential builds confidence!"
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