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Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
The ABC's of Meeting with Physicians, Part 3
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Congratulations, you survived the initial round of physician meetings! Now, you must build upon the momentum you have generated. Let me share with you some strategies to implement after your initial meeting so you can build strong physician referral sources by maintaining contact and providing continual education.
Rarely will a single meeting produce instant and consistent patient referrals. You will need to return and repeat your message frequently. Be sure to ask, "What are the best days and times to revisit?" Immediately following each meeting, take time to debrief. Log the date, time and myofascial pain patterns you reviewed with the physician. Write down the name of each person you encountered, their position and specific notes to help you remember and build rapport with each individual on return visits. Notes often include hairstyle, hobby, children, travel, favorite color or food, birthday, etc. Review your notes before each visit and update them frequently. This process helps you evaluate, adapt and modify your approach to achieve your goals of building referral sources.
Following the initial meeting, send a "Thank You" note and include your business card. Simply acknowledging someone's time can go a very long way. How often do you think doctors get thank you cards from their patients? I have learned from experience that physicians remember patients that send thank you notes. When patients tell me they are feeling better from treatment, I ask them to please send a thank you card to their referring physician. Patients simply write: Dear Doctor, Thank you for referring me to David Kent at Kent Health Systems for therapy. Today, I received my initial treatment and feel much better!
Also, keep your practice in the doctor's mind by sending reports and treatment notes. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words and visuals help to quickly tell a lot about the patient, so include postural analysis photos, pain scales and trigger point pain patterns. These visuals help your practice stand out from the competition.
During each repeat visit, get in and out quickly. Do not wear perfume or cologne. When in the back office waiting to meet with the doctor, stay out of the way and no wandering eyes trying to read patient charts or other materials on the counters. Just check and restock your prescription pad. Be prepared to show a few common myofascial pain patterns affecting a specific region of the body (head, chest, back, arm, wrist, etc.) with your trigger point chart.
While showing the images, mention the common subjective complaints reported by patients suffering from myofascial trigger point pain referral patterns being shown. For temporal headaches, examples of muscles to show referred pain patterns would include: Trapezius (TrP 1), Sternocleidomastoid (sternal head), sub-occipitals and Temporalis (TrPs 1-4). Pain in the front of the chest and upper extremity of myofascial origin would include images of the pectoralis major, pectoralis minor and scaleni. For lumbar pain, show gluteus medius, psoas and rectus abdominus. For buttock pain, show the quadratus lumborum, gluteus maximus, iliocostalis lumborum and longissimus thoracis. Lower extremity pain may include gluteus minimus, piriformis, quadriceps femoris. The final visual aid to review with the doctor is your prescription pad, showing them where to sign before giving it to patients.
Depending on the doctor's specialty, a high percentage of their patient's pain could be myofascial in origin and benefit from your treatments. You must meet the doctors so they know who you are, the patients you can help and, most importantly, remember to refer those patients for treatment. Just one or two physicians referring patients on a regular basis will quickly build your practice. Every week, you must dedicate some time to marketing your practice. Go into your community, introduce yourself and broadcast your message using visual aids. Like any skill, practice makes perfect. Doctors are aware of myofascial trigger points, receptive to massage therapy and are looking for pain relieving options for their patients.
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