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Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
July, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 07
The ABC's of Meeting with Physicians, Part 2: The Meeting
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
You only need one minute to introduce yourself to a doctor and ask for patient referrals. You must function with confidence and surgical precision. Doctors frequently meet with pharmaceutical and medical equipment representatives that deliver professional and informative presentations.Some pharmaceutical representatives' stop by 60 doctor offices a week; 12 a day, five days a week. They know their product, which patients benefit and the best practices for the doctor to follow when prescribing. The first article of this series covered setting goals, performing research, compiling lists, attire and common questions. This article will focus on the details of the meeting and how to prepare.
Practice Makes Perfect
So how do you practice? The answer is simple, get dressed like your going to a physician meeting, walk into every business in town, except a doctor, introduce yourself, explain who you are and the type of patients that benefit from your treatment. People will ask the same questions as a doctor, for example, what are your fees and do you accept insurance? How do your treatments help? Practice makes perfect and you will quickly get comfortable speaking with people about your practice. This process will refine the delivery of your answers and help with the integration of visual aids.
Doctors and the general public know that pain can be caused from myofascial trigger points. A picture is worth a thousand words and a powerful educational tool. Know your visuals and common pain patterns, muscles like the upper trapezius can create head pain and the glutues minimus can create iliosacral and lower extremity pain.
Doctors are trained, from the first day of medical school, to make a quick assessment based on a combination of variables including: visual observation, subjective reporting and objective findings. During the meeting, the doctor is assessing how you are dressed and the delivery of your presentation. They are asking themselves a few questions: Is this person knowledgeable? Do I have confidence in their abilities? Could this person help my patients? Will patients be safe or could they be harmed, causing legal exposure?
Keep it Simple
It's important to stick to the basics. Here's a script I use: "Hello doctor, I'm David Kent with Kent Health Systems and I'm here today asking you to consider referring patients suffering from myofascial pain to my clinic for treatment. I would like to show you a few common patterns patients subjectively report that could have a myofascial component. I am located in Justin Square on Deltona Blvd. I do not accept insurance. Here is my Prescription/Letter of Referral, with a map on the back with directions to the clinic. Thank you for you time. If you have any questions please contact me."
Now that you have a plan and a few examples of how I implement my meetings, get out there a start practicing. The next article in this series will address how to conduct proper follow-up after this initial meeting.
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