Student DC The chiropractic profession has grown exponentially. With that growth has come more practitioners and an ever-changing health care marketplace. From a public perspective, locating a doctor of chiropractic isn’t difficult. The problem finding one who is consistent in his or her delivery, shows up and, most importantly, stays in business.
Wellness Approach In your practice, the supplement regimens of your patients tend to be pain-relieving or joint-strengthening formulas. For many other health concerns, however, there is a botanical being rediscovered by leading research and perched on the edge of a renaissance: grape seed extract. That may sound surprising. After all, grape seed extract’s popularity seemed to peak about 20 years ago. But this burst of fame was short-lived.
Feature The workplace stereotype is that all employees dream of becoming their own boss, of striking out on their own to open their own business and call their own shots. Not William Updyke, DC. The California chiropractor had his own practice for 10 years and taught at Palmer College of Chiropractic West, but now he’s an employee at a worksite health clinic for a tech company in San Jose, and he couldn’t be happier. “It’s been better than I expected it to be,” he says.
Research Results Fairly recently, researchers have discovered that the human brain has the ability to form new neural pathways. This opens the door to an expansive new treatment opportunity for chiropractors—the brain-injured patient. The brain is the most complex and mysterious organ in the human body. Historically, neuroscientists believed that the human brain’s structure and functions were essentially “fixed” or unchangeable by the ages of 17 to 19.
Practice Central Have you ever read a story or a book, only to come to the end and feel like it had no ending; no cliff hanger, no idea if there will be a sequel—just nothing? Similarly, the documentation story of your patient’s active treatment deserves an ending, too. All too often, the story of a longstanding patient in your office is simply a run-on accounting of every time they’ve been to see you over the past 10 years.
Case Study Human telomere length (TL) is affected by genetic and environmental factors. TL decreases with age and is considered a biomarker of biological aging. Research has shown that TL is associated with disease and dysfunction throughout the body as well as mortality. Additionally, lifestyle choices such as diet, tobacco and alcohol use, physical activity and sleep habits have been shown to affect TL.
Clinical Concerns Modern technology is truly amazing. In the palm of your hand is a device that has the ability to bring you information and entertainment in an instant. On any given day, you can look around in public places and see people engrossed in their mobile devices. Smart phones have taken over daily life and, although they bring some useful benefits, there are physical problems that can come from their use as well.
Legal Ease HIPAA compliance is more important than ever, and it is not only because the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched phase 2 audits and stiff monetary penalties for non-compliance. The more important reason: Security breaches are occurring with greater frequency among small practices.
Money Management Whether it’s two professionals working to run a more profitable enterprise, chiropractors in a joint venture, or a group or pool with others, partnerships are an increasingly popular type of business entity. In fact, they rank just behind S corporations as the most common. Unfortunately, while partnerships aren’t usually required to pay taxes, they and other pass-through practice entities were caught up in the recently passed tax reform rate controversy.
Money Management Today’s interest rates are some of the lowest in living memory. But many people can’t take advantage of these low rates because they don’t know how to maximize their credit score. Or even worse, they may have an error on their credit report that’s dragging their score down. So here are some tips for transforming your credit and defending yourself from errors.