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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
Can There Really Be Too Much of a Good Thing? Never!
By Angie Patrick
Convention and conference season is in full swing! So many incredible events are going on all over the country. There is such tremendous opportunity to learn new modalities, gain skills, brush up on techniques, learn about products and network with your colleagues that it's a bit hard to keep up.When you go to an conference or convention, do you sometimes feel like you're drinking from a fire hose with all of the input you receive in a short time period?
I love "show season" because for me, it's an opportunity to meet new people, see dear old friends and learn as much as I can about what is new and exciting going on our industry. I look forward to finding out more regarding the things pertinent to the profession such as research, legislation, regulations and more. I will admit, when I leave a show or an event, I am energized and want to put everything I have learned into practice or use it all at once, but the magnitude of it all can cause a bit of mental paralysis, as I sometimes have no idea where to begin. Here are some tips on how you can organize the data you collect, the connections you make and the education you receive so it's not only useful, but easily referenced.
To begin, lets first talk about people. We are so fortunate to be a part of a health care industry that is people focused. My experience at an event is that of true face-to-face "community" networking. You gain opportunities to meet those you know from social media sites, blogs and online conferences. Additionally, you get to meet suppliers, educators, authors and vendors. Remembering names may be the gift of some rare souls, but for me it is not a gift that comes readily.
When I accept a business card from someone, I like to take a moment and write down a nugget of information about my interaction with them so when I get home and organize, the nugget will jog my memory and I will have a "face" with the name on the card. For example, if I met someone and I learned in the course of the conversation their hobby was poodle breeding, or perhaps we had a common acquaintance, or even if they had an awesome haircut, I will make this little note on the card to jog my memory when I am filing cards for reference later. You will be surprised how effective this quirky habit can be. Often, the nugget helps me recall far more than just the tidbit I wrote down, but much more of the conversation we shared and the information I learned from them.
I organize these cards in a file alphabetically until I have the time to put the information into a personal contact database. This need not be some expensive elaborate software. Mine is simply an excel spreadsheet. I have a column for notes where I put my nugget and suddenly I have a searchable and organized means to connect with those in my profession from which I can gain knowledge, share experiences, gain advice or kindle a friendship.
Next, let's talk about the trade show floor. This is where the paper and catalog gathering goes into full swing. I like to try to visit each booth, whether or not I may be interested in what they are offering right in this moment. I gather their literature and put it into my registration bag. Because time is valuable and there is only so much time available between classes, I make a point to visit those booths for which I have an immediate interest and spend time learning about the product or service. I try to establish a bit of a relationship with the company by better understanding what they offer and discerning how this may help me in my day to day business.
When you take the time to visit each vendor and gather reference data, you are building your reference library. When you get home, you will have a bag filled with information it would take you months to research. Take an hour, maybe two, and do yourself a favor. Create a ring binder and segment it into categories. Segment however you choose and in any way that helps you manage the data. As an example, mine is segmented into the following:
After so many years attending trade shows, my segments are now their own binders. But this is what allows me to have a strong understanding of the market, its available resources and the people that make it work. Truly, in every sense of the word, we are a community. Whether you enjoy being right in the middle of the action or prefer to stay on the edges and watch, knowledge is power. You cannot remember everything you learn and absorb all the data you gather, but you can take this information and build a repository that will help you as you move along your professional career. You will find yourself referring to these lists and books more often than you ever thought you would.
When you need a new table, you have information at your fingertips, direct from the manufacturer and more in depth than what you find online. When you are looking for a new lubricant, you can compare the ingredients side by side and refer to the notes you made about grip, glide, scent and more. When you need CEU credits, insurance or look to join an association, you will have all the information just sitting there, waiting for you to help you chose what is right for you and you will be glad you have taken the time to take the experience of attending a conference, convention or trade show and building a library of your own to use long after the event has ended.
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