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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
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.
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.
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%.
Industry News for
MassageBook making online booking simple, seamless
MassageBook adds easy-to-use credit card payments to online booking
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Oct. 15, 2013) – MassageBook has added credit card payments to its online booking function, making its comprehensive business solution for massage businesses and individual massage therapists even more awesome.
Massage therapists can accept cash, checks and now credit cards when checking clients out after their sessions. Users just log in to their MassageBook account, go to their business page and click on “card processing” and then complete an easy 3-step process to get started.
Massage professionals can offer clients the convenience of paying with a credit card without feeling like they’re working for the credit card company by paying huge fees.
As if that weren’t enough, MassageBook also does all the accounting for business owners and individual therapists.
“It can be a nightmare keeping up with who paid for what, how did they pay, how many sessions left on a pre-purchased packaged, et cetera,” admits MassageBook CEO Mark Volkmann. “With MassageBook, accounting is no longer a four-letter word. You just may like opening that section on your profile.”
With a MassageBook profile, LMT’s can do the following directly from their account:
• Offer online booking (therapists pay a minimal fee for just the first time a client books through MassageBook)
• Schedule and manage client appointments, including reminder notifications
• Use an online and integrated SOAP notes application
• Optimize their online website with simple diagnostic tools.
• Monitor their business reputation on review sites such as Yelp, Google Places, Yahoo, City Search, etc.
• Take advantage of built-in SEO efforts
“There is no other software that provides the comprehensive and seamless solution we do to attract, book, retain and track massage clients easily,” says Volkmann.
Massage professionals can join MassageBook for free and choose to use the many free components if they like.
“If you don’t want to use our booking solution, you don’t have to,” says Volkmann. “All the rest of what we offer – scheduling, client management, social media integration, SOAP notes, online business review monitoring, et cetera – will cost you exactly nothing. And we won’t be bombarding you with advertising either.”
While still in Beta for a few more weeks, the pricing plan locks new clients in to a $10 rate for any new client who books online through MassageBook for the first time. But this will go up to $20 once the company officially launches in November.
MassageBook launched the Beta web solution in February. Business owners can go to www.massagebook.com to claim a business listing already on the site and then create their profile by adding photos, contact info and service details. Individual therapists can create a personal website, including an individual profile with background information on skills, licenses and qualifications.
“We give therapists all the online and client management tools they need to showcase their skills and ultimately grow their list of active and happy repeat clients,” he says. “Then we help manage those clients with a suite of business management and scheduling tools.
MassageBook is a simple yet powerful success engine for the massage profession. The web based software solution makes it easy for therapists and businesses to create amazingly effective websites, share them on social networks, connect them to local search engines, and do much more to attract clients in and keep them coming back.