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Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
October, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 10
Find Success in Mastering the Art of Divine Right Timing
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Lynn McKenzie recently made more than $43,000 in less than a week. And she credits it largely to the moon. A well-known energy healer, she's been offering individual and group programs for years. Yet she never experienced this much success so quickly.
What shifted? Sure, we helped her craft a great marketing plan. But surprisingly, it had less to do with what she was doing than when she was doing it. Because we also taught Lynn how to use one of the world's most effective energetic barometers – the moon – to add impact to her marketing efforts ... without having to work harder. That's what we call the art of Divine Right Timing. You see, as human beings, we're all naturally affected by the rhythm of the energies around us. Even if we're not consciously aware of it.
We know the moon controls the tides. And since our bodies are made up of virtually the same stuff as the sea, it only makes sense that we're also affected by the moon's energy. Why do you think some people get a little crazy during the full moon? Because on a visceral level, we're still unconsciously responding to these ancient rhythms.
Now imagine what can happen when you're aware of the invisible pull the moon has on your energy – and the energy of your potential clients. Imagine how much easier it would be to connect with them and meet them where they are, so you can help them take the next step in their healing journey with you. The rhythms of the moon hold the key. And each phase is perfectly aligned to specific steps you can take to grow your practice.
The New Moon: Inspiration and Creation
The New Moon is all about new beginnings and fresh starts. Think of it as a reset button for the human psyche. Every month, at the beginning of the lunar cycle, we have an opportunity shake off the past and step into something brand new. This makes the New Moon the perfect time to dream about the future of your holistic business and to begin taking inspired action toward your goals.
Use the energy of this phase to connect your potential clients with what's possible when they make the wise decision to invest in themselves through your services. Time frame: This cycle beings on the day of the New Moon and carries over for three days.
The Waxing Moon: Growth and Expansion
The Waxing Moon helps you express the energy of growth and expansion in your practice. Which makes it a great time to step up your marketing and social-media exposure. As the moon is growing, harness that energy by stretching into something you've been avoiding or resisting. The inspired actions you take during this phase gain momentum as the moon's light increases, creating even greater opportunities for you and your clients.
Stay focused on your goals and keep taking steps forward. Even if you can't see the results of your marketing efforts right away, trust that the seeds you plant during this phase will grow if you nurture them. Time frame: This phase begins four days after the day the New Moon is born and ends four days before the Full Moon is at her peak.
The Full Moon: Power and Confidence
Right now there are clients who would gladly invest in your services if they only knew you were here. So the Full Moon is the perfect time let your light shine. Plan activities that allow you to be highly visible and accessible to your potential clients. Tap into the energy of this phase to help you take bold steps forward. When you do, you put the Law of Attraction into full swing. And all kinds of opportunities begin to open up for you and your clients.
By aligning with the light of the Full Moon, you're being asked to step outside of your comfort zone and claim your role as the powerful co-creator of your business and your life. Remember, as long as you're taking steps forward, you can't fail. Time frame: This powerful, magical energy is alight three days before and three days after the peak of the Full Moon.
The Waning Moon: Letting Go
As the moon decreases in the sky, it's time to slow down. This is not the time to push your will with brute force. Instead, look for smarter ways to accomplish your goals. Align with the energy of the diminishing moon by being willing to let go of what's no longer working for you. Remember, you can't receive new things in your business if you're clinging to old ways of thinking, doing or being. This is not about looking back with regret or shame, but identifying and releasing what needs to be changed. So take an honest look at your business to see what's not in alignment with your vision, your mission or your goals.
Also, be alert for self-sabotaging thoughts or actions during this phase. Old patterns of thought will pop up. Use the power of the Waning Moon to banish them from your subconscious mind for good. When working with clients, be willing to help them look deeply at the pain and dysfunction that has kept them stuck. And to get clear on exactly what it's costing them. By peering into the shadows, you're able to help them see what needs to be healed. Time frame: This phase begins four days after the Full Moon reaches her peak and continues until the day the New Moon is reborn in the sky.
If you're inspired to put the natural rhythms of the moon to work in your practice, all you need is a calendar that lists the New and Full Moon. (Remember, the Waxing and Waning Moons fall between these two benchmarks.) Then use the moon-phase activities we've shared here and commit to two or three for each phase. When you're in the flow of Divine Right Timing, you draw new clients to you as easily as the moon draws the tides.
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