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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disaster Proofing Your Massage Practice
These days, we are accustomed to hearing about disaster preparedness, the zombie invasion, when "it" hits the fan and keeping your BOB (bug out bag) updated. What you are not hearing so much about is how to prepare your small business for the same set of disasters. Whether you have a small practice in your home or a large facility with several employees, maintaining the integrity and continuity of your business is the key to a speedy recovery should disaster strike. Whenever you think of a personal or family disaster preparedness plan, include your business as a parallel entity. Whatever you do for the family plan, do for your business plan. Let's look at some specifics.
It is advised that you maintain your homeowners insurance policy, wills, bank account numbers and such in a portable fireproof safe. This makes it easy to grab and run should the need arise, and to protect them from fire and the elements. You should be maintaining secure backup records of important business documents in the same way. These might include your continuing education records, insurance policies, licenses and permits, and client records to name a few. Massage schools and educators should also maintain off-site backup files of student transcripts. If you have a website, be sure that a backup copy is being created and maintained on a regular basis. There are companies that provide "cloud" storage of your internet and computer files so you may want to look at that service.
A friend of mine was in a F4 tornado that literally took her house out from around her. She was left squatting in what used to be a closet holding a pillow over her head. She had nothing left but the pajamas she was wearing. As most of us do these days, she had entered contact information of friends and family into her cell phone. When disaster struck she didn't even have phones numbers to call for someone to come get her and could not contact them afterwards to let them know she was alive. Her advice is to store information in an online address book so you can access it later. Don't depend on your computer or cell phone as they can easily be destroyed or lost.
Disasters come in all forms, shapes and sizes. If something happens, you may be stuck at your office and unable to get home or stuck in your car trying to get home. What's the first thing that crosses your mind when you envision that scenario? Think that process through, then be proactive in addressing each concern with proper planning and preparation.(I've included links at the end of this article that will help you make a good plan.) Being proactive will help keep you and your loved ones calm in an emergency. I have a GHB (get home bag) that is in my car at all times. I change it according to the season and my destination. In a medium sized back pack I have everything I would need to survive (in relative comfort) for several days. Civil unrest often follows a disaster because people do not have basic supplies. Remember, a person was killed during Hurricane Katrina over a bottle of water. Your key to personal safety is self sustainability. Your office should be as prepared as your home.
Be prepared by keeping your favorite (portable) comfort items in the office. Maybe you like a cup of hot coffee or tea. Keep it on hand and have a way to heat your water. If you have no electricity, you might want to have some candles and an extra blanket. At least you'll have a massage table to sleep on – there is some good news! If it's winter, you might want to invest in one of those portable indoor/outdoor propane heaters. Be sure it's safe for indoors as some are not. Keep an extra set of clothes and shoes on hand. If your office is on public utilities, then you will probably have water as the flow is gravity fed from the water tower. If not, then you will need to keep some on hand. Now we come to the part no one talks about – the bathroom issues. If you have running water, no problem. If you can get outside and dig a hole, no problem. But if your situation leaves you empty handed on the bathroom thing, you may need to keep a five gallon bucket around with some trash bags and kitty litter. I'll leave that for you to figure out the details.
Unless you have been caught in a tornado like my friend I mentioned earlier, you will probably have your cell phone or office phone. However, if you have no electricity, you will need the old fashioned phone that does not require electricity. They cost about $10 and are worth their weight in gold in a power outage. Phone lines usually work even when you have no electricity. You should have one of these for your home and office to communicate with the family. It saves your cell phone batteries and leaves the cell lines open for emergency use. To charge your cell phone battery, I suggest one of those emergency weather alert radios that you can wind up. Some of them have a port for charging cell phones. Do your homework to be sure it serves all your needs. Mine is a cell phone charger, emergency weather alert, radio, LED light and can be run via hand cranked, solar, battery or AC power.
By the way, be sure to have ICE (In Case of Emergency) entered as a contact in all cell phones. Enter the contact person and phone number of who should be contacted in case there is an emergency. First responders are trained to look for this in the event that the individual is unable to communicate.
Remember this: Not to prepare is to prepare to fail. Include your practice as part of your emergency planning to ensure a swift recovery to business as usual.