The Hidden Hip in LBP: Critical Screening Tests
In 1998, Harvey used this test on 117 elite athletes and found excellent interrater reliability to differentially assess iliopsoas, quadriceps or TFL/ITB tightness.
Valuable Adjunctive Therapies
Based on the latest CDC statistics, more than 795,000 Americans have strokes per year, 140,000 of which are lethal. Approximately 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic with an estimated health care and missed work cost of $34 billion annually.1
"Community Care" for Vets: It's Really a Big Deal!
As a preamble, while I regrettably never served in the military, I have the highest respect for those who did and those who currently serve.
Help Shape the New Neck Pain Best Practices Guideline
The Clinical Compass (originally the Council on Guidelines and Practice Parameters – CCGPP) has issued a call for interested chiropractic clinicians to help shape a new best practices guideline for chiropractic care of neck pain.
A Resting of the Soul
In my pursuit of being a skilled health care provider, I focus on reading journals, attending classes, staying current on medicinal research, and choosing the correct billing codes. However, most of us would never have started down this career path if there wasn't something more.
The Classical Texts & Integrative Medicine
The acupuncture profession has been undergoing many changes in the past years. There has been a shift towards a more integrative approach to medicine as more hospitals include integrative departments.
Facebook Marketing 101
Many of the health care practitioners we work with have smaller practices. The provider tends to wear many hats – office manager, salesperson and healer.
The Secondary Insurance Plan
I have a patient that has Medicare, but also has a secondary insurance plan that does cover acupuncture. How do I bill Medicare to get a denial so that I may bill this secondary payer?
News in Brief
WFC Among Founding Members of Global Rehab Alliance; HealthSource Selects GoChiroTV as Exclusive Digital Signage Partner; Western States' Online Degree Programs Among Best in the Nation; Logan University, University of Missouri-St. Louis Forge Partnership.
Does Dairy Cause Dampness?
The topic of dairy consumption was brought up at a scalp acupuncture seminar I recently attended.
Autoimmunity, Gut Health and Diet: Connect the Dots
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), autoimmune disease is recognized in approximately 24 million individuals in the U.S., consisting of more than 80 various disorders that contribute to the top 10 causes of death in female children and women of all age groups.
End of Life Treatment
TCM looks death in the face. We do not camouflage it as if it were poisonous. "We must allow our patients to die but we cannot allow them to perish," was my first lesson the day I met my teacher as a teenager.
The Certified Practitioner
Certified Chinese herb practitioners often identify themselves with the credentials "LAc" (Licensed acupuncturist).
Why Take X-Rays When You Already Have an MRI?
Let's clear up the issue regarding the efficacy of plain-film studies when an MRI study has already been performed. I review imaging studies primarily for chiropractors, and often their patients have been to other health care providers before finding their way to a DC.
Vaccines & Autism (Part 1)
It turns out chronic inflammation is the driver of autism expression. Unfortunately, those who emotionally embrace the vaccine issue rarely, if ever, consider this relationship, which hinders a rational view of the vaccine issue.
Treating Pain With Nutrition
Back in 1910, when D.D. Palmer published The Chiropractor's Adjuster and introduced the world to what he called the "triad of health" – thoughts, trauma and toxins – he explained that the body can only be made optimally healthy if all three aspects of health are addressed.
Reducing Hip, Knee & Shoulder Replacements (Part 2)
In the first article in this series, "Early Detection Reduces Hip, Knee, & Shoulder Replacements," I described time tested screening procedures and perspectives as indicators of when to encourage your patients to seek further medical evaluation.
Why the Automatic Denials for Modifiers 25 and 59?
Your experience is one shared by many chiropractic providers who bill through those plans. It appears to be the national trend, but by far is more prominent in Texas and Illinois.
Trending: CBD / Hemp Oil
A recent survey of DCs regarding cannabidiol (CBD) / hemp oil provides food for thought as to the viability of CBD-based products as a component of chiropractic patient care. Here are some observations from the executive summary of the survey:
CBD for Athletes: The Advantages of Cannibidiol
For athletes, pain is often part of their sport or activity. And to a certain extent, it is to be expected. However, after pushing themselves to the limit, soreness and fatigue set in, hampering their ability to perform and recover.
NCCAOM: A Route to National Certification
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is offering a route to achieve national certification—without having to take any of the NCCAOM exams. This is specifically for California licensed acupuncturists that meet the eligibility requirements.
A Bold Strategy to Take Chiropractic to New Heights
Building public awareness of an entire profession requires strategic planning – especially when it pertains to the exploration of ground-breaking marketing tactics that target new audiences with key messaging about the value of chiropractic care.
UnitedHealthcare Can't Seem to Keep Chiropractic Down
AA decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven.
#TechPain: Causes, Solutions
For the past several decades, the science of ergonomics has blossomed. The workplace is much safer and life is generally more pleasant thanks to the application of ergonomic principles.
It's All About That Ki
As an industry are we shifting too much toward a Western mind set? We strive to understand how acupuncture works using imaging and extensive studies. We spend numerous hours of our training learning Western medicine and learning to speak their language. What happened to our core though?
Doc, Are You a Social Media Holdout? Your Future Is Now
Whether you like it or not, to compete in any business, even chiropractic, you really should know and consider using social media. It is no longer a small, sleepy, local world we live in; it has become a far-reaching community.
Art of the Associateship: It's OK to Trust, But Verify
Trust is a valuable part of any business relationship. It serves as the foundation for all business operations and ultimately long-term success for owners, employees and customers. This is especially true in the world of health care.
Blockchain Health Records?
Keeping data secure has become a nightmare for the average consumer. Just consider general user account hacks on Yahoo (3 billion records compromised), eBay (145 million records compromised) and Facebook (87 million records compromised), to health record breaches involving Anthem Blue Cross (78 million records compromised) and TRICARE (almost 5 million records compromised).
Confessions of a Former Drug Rep: Statins Are Endangering Your Overweight Patients
As I sit at my desk on the sixth anniversary of my successful liver transplant, I can't help but reflect on what caused that life-threatening ordeal. Looking back on my personal situation, I want to offer my insight into what is happening routinely to many patients.
The Life Stage of Retirement
I am twenty-five years into my second career as a massage therapist and instructor. While I still love what I do, I cannot escape the truth that retirement is sharpening from a hazy, distant dream into a clear, impending reality for me.
As I plan for my retirement, I am not just talking to my financial advisor and keeping a closer eye on my retirement plan. I am also considering what to do with my practice once I am ready to step into retirement. One of the many blessings of our field is its flexibility to fit our interests, lifestyle and time commitment. With careful thought and preparation, your career can continue to fit your personal goals and financial situation by switching your client focus, scaling down, or selling your practice.
Switching It Up
While all massage modalities demand much of us physically, you may find that switching to geriatric or prenatal massage may be the best move for you to continue to serve clients effectively. Instead of seeing this as an end of an era, working with clients that fit into your life stage or the challenge of training for a new modality could give you a renewed motivation.
Pursuing education for a new phase of your career is exciting and could compel you to continue your passion for massage longer than you thought possible. Geriatric massage in particular is a growing field, with 10,000 people reaching the 65-year milestone every day and could be a very promising shift for MTs wanting a new challenge that better fits their life stage.
The idea of retirement being all or nothing is quickly becoming an antiquated notion of ending a career. More and more people are easing into retirement and enjoy it more because of this. While going cold turkey is still a goal for many, others have seen the mental, physical and financial benefit of scaling back their work hours.
Decreasing Your Hours
Thankfully, our field is well-suited to this trend. If you want more freedom to pursue your personal interests or need to cut down on the physical demands of your professional life, decreasing the hours you spend providing services to clients is an easy way to accomplish that. For some, this will happen naturally if you simply cease your efforts to grow your client base (which may feel so odd compared to the effort you have made in this area over years).
Others with a very loyal customer base may want to partner with another provider to make sure that your existing clients have a quality option for their massage needs as you scale down your practice. Be sure to have a communication plan in place so that your customers have clear expectations of your new hours and availability.
If selling your successful practice is a route you are considering, preparation is vital. Scaling back your practice may seem like a natural path to eventually selling it, but the best way to maximize your profit from years of investing of time, talent, treasure, and yes, even tears, into your business is to do your best to maintain its growth so that you have a healthy business to market.
This can potentially be a complex process, but there are resources and professionals available to help you navigate the sale of your practice successfully. If you would like to wade into a transition such as this, consider seeking out another massage therapist who is seriously interested in purchasing a practice to bring on as an associate for a few years. A successful arrangement will allow you to gradually scale back the time you spend on your practice and ensure that you are giving your clients a smooth transition to the new owner.
It does not take much life experience to know that change is inevitable. As you plan for your retirement, I hope that you will embrace this change and the new professional opportunities this life stage can bring. If retirement is still distant for you, begin to dream about how to make your skills and the investment that you have made in your career work for you and your clients for many years to come.