Tech Talk | Lasers have evolved and improved over the last few decades. However, there are still many myths about what a laser is, how a laser works, and how much energy is needed to induce biological effects to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and initiate tissue repair.
Legal Ease | The OIG has started another round of audits to recapture money paid out inappropriately to chiropractors by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) system. And if you think this does not involve you, think again—you may be surprised by this brand-new risk.
Practice Central | Complementary and alternative medicine has exploded in popularity over the past 20 years. What once was considered experimental is now often seen as compatible with traditional Western (allopathic) medicine.
Wellness Approach | This being a presidential election year, it brings to mind a quote made during the campaigns of then-president George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. At the time, the political pundit James Carville said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Well, when it comes to healthy aging, “It’s the inflammation stupid; it’s the inflammation.”
Legal Ease | With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, American healthcare is shifting its focus from a reactive, acute- based treatment mentality, to a healthy- lifestyle and care-at-home approach. With their focus on preventive care, chiropractors are a natural fit for this new collaborative approach. But they and other providers should be aware of legal roadblocks and take steps to ensure compliance.
Personal Growth | Find that silver lining, focus less on the negative, and all will be well, you are told. Is this reality or more of what one might call “faking it to make it”? On the other hand, can you exhibit a genuinely sunny demeanor when cash flow is at its leanest? Of course you can. Mindset makes a big difference, but so does authenticity.
Clinical Concerns | There is a noteworthy paper describing the needling of a single acupuncture point: Stomach 34 (also called Liangqiu).1 For those who haven’t studied acupuncture (or don’t remember the terminology) this point is located on the thigh. In other words, it is in the vastus lateralis, the largest and most powerful portion of the quadriceps.
Feature | A family-oriented chiropractic practice differs from other practices with targeted clientele in that it attracts and cares for generations of individuals and families for crisis, acute, and lifestyle care. There are two types of families—the traditional nuclear to extended family and the inner-circle family, which could be composed of a church family, sports team, group of employees, musical group, and so forth.
Research Results | A profession-wide goal is to see the chiropractors and chiropractic students become better clinicians through consistently achieving quality clinical results for their patients. But the research indicates most chiropractors are unwilling or unable to apply their research clinically.
Practice Central | Many athletic programs, all the way from little league to professional teams, recognize the importance of chiropractic care. Even if you aren’t working with a particular team, you likely have patients who are athletes or work out regularly and not only need chiropractic adjustments but also advice on sports nutrition.