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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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