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Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
March, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 03
Letter to the Editor
By Michelle Lisenbee
In the January 2016 issue of Massage Today magazine, an article by Martha Menard caught my eye. It was entitled, "Integration: Team-Based Care and Collaborative Practice are the Future of Healthcare." When I read the title, my first thought was, "Hey! We're already doing that!"
"We" are Casey Health Institute, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Created in 2011, under the leadership of Dr. David Fogel and Dr. Ilana Bar-Levav, with the vision of "creating a new model of integrative health care that transforms the patient/provider relationship in the context of a non-profit, community based health center. Casey Health is working to advance the way medicine in America is practiced, using innovative economic and medical models of care. We are building a team based collaborative culture in which people will value and actively engage in their own health and well-being." (www.caseyhealth.org/about-our-practice/mission-vision/) I heard about Casey Health several years ago and came to work with them in August of 2015. I am a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Massage Therapist. I currently serve Casey Health in my capacity as a nurse, but bring my massage skills as well.
Our practice is truly a collaborative one and unique in its approach to health care. Every day, our team of providers strives to create an environment of healing for the people that come to us. At this time, we offer integrative primary care, acupuncture, chiropractic, behavioral health, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, massage therapy, reiki, yoga therapy and health coaching all under one roof.
We have weekly staff meetings where providers can discuss patient care, ask questions, think through treatment plans, observe outcomes, and make recommendations. Our providers sit together daily in our "team room," where they are available to each other throughout the day for "in-the-moment" consults or questions. Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring new ideas to the table and we experiment often in an attempt to discover better ways of caring for our patients.
We truly believe that providing conscious, collaborative, team-based care that focuses on the patient as a whole person will produce better outcomes for everyone and is the future of healthcare. It makes me happy to see this model gaining recognition among other disciplines like massage therapy, and to see magazines like yours encouraging therapists to find ways to collaborate with other integrative practitioners in their area. Keep up the good work!
Michelle Lisenbee, RN, LMT (Board Certified)
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