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Thinking About Cohen's Kappa
Let's think about some notions of reliability and validity, and about what it means for diagnostic examiners to agree in meaningful ways. Diagnostic tests must obviously be both reliable and valid.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Why More Patients Don't Come to Your Office
Every so often, something turns out to be much easier than anticipated. It's like ordering a piece of furniture or a child's toy that comes in 167 pieces.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
We Get Letters & Email
It was with great interest that I read "Trouble in the Wellness Waters?" in the May 1, 2015 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic. I heartily applaud Dr. Hayes for his insightful and informative article.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Managed Care Subverts Chiropractic
A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care underscores why so many chiropractic patients go out of network in order to get the care they need: Managed care may be effectively locking them out.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do You Have a Post-ICD-10 Strategy?
Post-ICD-10 planning is critically important to the health of a practice, in part because ICD-10 is brand new to providers, payers and related affiliates alike.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update and Review of Mechanisms
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Active Care for Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain is a common injury, since this joint is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking. In fact, 10 percent of all emergency-room visits are ankle-sprain related and an estimated 25,000 ankle sprains occur in the United States daily.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Troubleshooting: Billing Multiple Fees for the Same Service
I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot bill different fees for the same service.
A Tribute to a True Chiropractic Leader
President of Texas Chiropractic College (alumnus, class of 1950) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Board of Governors. President of the Texas Chiropractic Association and twice-appointed member of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)
Recently, a new patient told me about what I thought was a novel twist on the doctor-patient relationship. She felt she had to lie to her DC to discontinue her treatment.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Industry News for Performance Health
Performance Health Acquires THERAÂ°PEARL, LLC
Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of TheraBand™, Biofreeze®, Perform®, Cramer®, Bon Vital'® and Hygenic® branded products, today announced their acquisition of Maryland-based THERA°PEARL, LLC, creator of innovative hot and cold therapy products using its proprietary Pearl Technology®.
“THERA°PEARL brings proven strength and additional scale to our emerging retail business,” stated Marshall Dahneke, president and chief executive officer, Performance Health. “The alignment for us is both natural and exciting as Performance Health is well positioned to introduce and promote THERA°PEARL’s unique portfolio more broadly while THERA°PEARL’s emphasis on resolving pain and promoting wellness is entirely aligned with our other key brands. Combining their strengths and momentum with the rest of our business will lead to better and more comprehensive solutions for all of the customers we serve.”
THERA°PEARL recently ranked 41st on Forbes magazine’s list of most promising companies and landed at 209 on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America with 2,017 percent growth. THERA°PEARL will continue to operate from their headquarters in Maryland.
“THERA°PEARL is excited to join Performance Health and its portfolio of brands that share the common goal of offering innovative wellness products,” said Daniel Baumwald, president, THERA°PEARL. “In just six years, THERA°PEARL has experienced substantial growth by developing a successful product pipeline that appeals to both retailers and consumers. As part of Performance Health, we hope to continue that growth by gaining greater access to channels that reach the healthcare practitioner community.”
Founded in 2008, THERA°PEARL creates innovative hot and cold therapy products using its proprietary Pearl Technology®. Based on the frozen peas concept, THERA°PEARL® products can be chilled or heated and conform to the body while providing the doctor-recommended 20 minutes of hot/cold therapy. THERA°PEARL packs are a doctor-designed, drug-free way to reduce pain. In addition to being cost-effective, reusable and easy to clean, they are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and BPA free. The products are available at most major retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, Kroger, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and most recently, Target. This past March, the company launched internationally, making its products available on the shelves of the market leading European pharmacy chain, Boots. In addition to its retail growth, the company is gaining traction with hands-on healthcare practitioners, such as massage therapists and spa professionals. www.TheraPearl.com.
About Performance Health
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of branded rehabilitation and wellness products sold into a variety of U.S. clinical markets, leading national retailers and in over sixty countries through a multi-national network of distribution partners. The Company’s product offering includes an innovative line of market-leading topical analgesics and a broad range of rehabilitation and wellness products. In addition, the Company formulates and manufactures a variety of highly engineered products primarily for dental and specialty healthcare applications. Performance Health markets its diverse product offering under the well-known and highly recognized TheraBand™, Biofreeze®, Perform®, Cramer®, Bon Vital'® and Hygenic® brand names. www.TheraBand.com; www.Biofreeze.com; www.PerformPainRelief.com; www.CramerSportsMed.com; www.BonVital.com, www.Hygenic.com; www.TheraBandAcademy.com