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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
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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