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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
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%.
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.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
March, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 03
Three Tips for Partnering with a Chiropractor
By Daniel Ruscigno
For massage therapists, partnering with a chiropractor is a smart and effective way to further your career. Not only can they give you referrals, collaboration with a chiropractor gives you the opportunity to teach each other about your specialties for a deeper understanding of your client's health, and helps to build your reputation in the field. If you want to build a relationship with a chiropractor but aren't quite sure how to do it, here are some tips to help get you started.
Identify your goal
The approach you decide to take when trying to partner with a chiropractor will largely depend on where you are in your massage therapist career and what your ultimate goals are. If you are just getting started, consider finding an hourly position at a chiropractor's office that allows you to build important relationships and add experience to your resume. Negotiate an agreement that everybody can be happy with before you start - generally an hourly rate, or a split percentage on each treatment. In this scenario, you would be an employee of the chiropractic office and the clinic would largely take responsibility for finding new clients.
If you are interested in owning and operating your own business, you can also consider renting space in a chiropractor's office. The benefit of this relationship is that you are the natural choice when the chiropractor recommends massage treatment for their client. Just remember, when you're running your own practice, you take on several new responsibilities for managing the business – like accounting, marketing, etc. Lastly, if you are already operating your own business, your approach will be a referral approach - where you will refer clients to the chiropractor, and they will refer clients to you.
There are many ways you can go about partnering with a chiropractor. But no matter how you choose to do it, make sure you effectively introduce yourself. First impressions are everything.
Whether you choose to apply for a position in a chiropractor's office, rent space from one, or simply network with the chiropractors in your area, always take a professional approach to your introduction. In your free time, stop at each office in your area and talk to the receptionist. Tell them about your services, give them your letter of introduction and business card, and request a 20-minute meeting with the chiropractor. Even feel free to win him or her over with a complimentary massage.
Alternatively, but less personal, you can call the chiropractic offices in your area. In either case, when you arrive at your meeting, be prepared with a professional business card and specific talking points on how working with you will benefit the chiropractor. Again, this meeting is not about how the relationship benefits you, it's all about how working with you will earn the chiropractor more money, improve their reputation, or further their career in another way.
Maintain your relationships
The end goal when partnering with a chiropractor is to get a steady stream of clients from a reliable source. In order to guarantee your success, make sure you touch base often and keep the relationship close. Networking and creating professional relationships is an important part of growing your business. Take some time each week to expand your network and you'll reap the rewards in the long term.
Networking with chiropractic and other healthcare professionals in your neighbourhood is a very worthwhile exercise. With not too much effort, and a little bit of persistence you can find a steady stream of new clients with the right relationships.
Daniel Ruscigno is the co-founder of ClinicSense (previously PatientCal). ClinicSense offers practice management software that helps with scheduling, soap notes, billing, electronic insurance claims and more. For more information, visit www.ClinicSense.com.
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