December 1, 2016

INTERVIEW

Spine and Wine

PERSPECTIVE

How Safe Is Your Technique?

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Narrative Chiropractic

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INTERVIEW

Spine and Wine

An Interview with Dr. Chris Colloca

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PERSPECTIVE

How Safe Is Your Technique?

Unfortunately, what I am about to share with you happens in chiropractors’ offices every day. It could happen in your office tomorrow. It doesn’t matter if you are an Activator practitioner, a Gonstead practitioner, an upper cervical practitioner, or use any type of instrument or soft tissue technique.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Narrative Chiropractic

Since 1895, chiropractors have focused on treating the patient without the use of drags or surgery in a paradigm where repeated visits are typically clinically indicated to make structural or spinal biomechanical changes. During these repeated encounters, we as a profession have gotten to know our patients’ stories or life narratives better than our counterparts in the medical community—more similar to “old-time” family practitioners.

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TECHNIQUE

Newton's Laws of Physics Applied to Chiropractic Adjustment Utilizing Motion Adjusting

As chiropractors, we should always be looking for better, simpler, and easier ways to adjust our patients. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the adjustment is often more difficult to perform, or more compelling to the patient. These factors include, but are not limited to, age, degenerative joint disease, old injuries, subluxation, past surgeries, and vertebral fixation just to name a few.

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Technique

Using a Blood Test to Determine Nutritional Support and Endocrine Function?

Most allopathic doctors use a blood chemistry panel to determine biochemical diseases causing a patient’s suffering. Once this is accomplished, the doctor prescribes medication. For example, if your cholesterol number is high on your blood test, your M.D. then will give you a statin drug to lower your cholesterol level.

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ORTHOTICS

Arches and Orthotic Support

Our feet are the foundation for our bodies, including the pelvis and spine. They provide balance, propel us, safely absorb heel-strike shock, and adapt to walking stresses. The feet provide the necessary stability to perform daily activities and are reliant upon an arched structure comprised of three bony arches (Fig. 1): the medial longitudinal arch (A—C), the lateral longitudinal arch (B—C), and the anterior transverse (metatarsal) arch (A—B).

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in the Insurance Basket!

If you bill your patients’ services through insurance companies and you are reimbursed sufficiently, then congratulations. I wouldn’t ever suggest that you stop doing something that is working. However, I would recommend that in this volatile insurance climate, it would be unwise to put all of your eggs in the insurance basket.

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Rehabilitation

Scar Formation May Be Hindering Your Patients’ Outcomes

Scar tissue is unlike normal tissue and may cause pain and limitations in motion

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FINANCE

Will Rising Taxes Decimate Your Retirement?

There are few things more painful than writing a big check to the Tax Man. Every dollar you send him was earned using your irreplaceable life energy and represents one less dollar for you to spend or save. How much you pay the Tax Man can mean the difference between a new car or continuing to drive the one you own.

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PERSPECTIVE

Have You Been Diagnosed Without Your Knowledge?

Having spent more than 35 years in and around healthcare records—first as an intern, then as a doctor, and now as a life agent—it never ceases to amaze me how frequently people are shocked about the data found in their medical records. Whether it is a prescription that was never filled, a physician’s comment never broached with the patient, a procedure recommended but never discussed, a diagnosis made without patient acknowledgement, or an error made in the transcription process, millions of Americans are detri-mentally affected each year because of inaccurate medical-record keeping and documentation.

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