Archive for December, 2011

Perspective

Posted: December 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

I had a post all ready for today until I found this article. I think with the New Year coming and the holiday just passing, their is no better time for a little bit of perspective. Many of you may have seen these videos over the past few weeks, but if not please check it out. Perspective

Have a safe and Happy New Year Everyone!!!

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New York Times article on FMS

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

I jus wanted to share an article that was posted recently. It does a great of explaining the FMS and who is using it (Hint: NFL teams)

Check it out here .

Matty Ice

Happy Hanukkah to Me!!!!!!!!!!

As some of you may have seen on Facebook, I have recently received the book “Movement” by Gray Cook.


What I love about this book and Gray Cook in general, is how I find myself going through the book and thinking,”Yep, that makes sense. That concept isn’t too hard. Yes, I knew that.” By the end of the chapter, Gray lays everything out in such a manner that I wonder why I never thought of any of this stuff on my own.

He is like that favorite teacher you once had who makes even the hardest topics seem easy.

Of what I have read so far, the most powerful and paradigm shifting statement made by Gray was this:

Insurance companies will not reimburse for functional movement restoration when the patient is pain-free until researchers can provide overpowering evidence that movement dysfunction is an appreciable risk factor for injury. Other healthcare professionals screen for and treat risk factors as commonplace, but this is not yet true for musculoskeletal issues and rehabilitation.

I am a big believer in preventative medicine; that of general medicine, dentistry and (as you can probably already guess) musculoskeletal.

That being said, most chiropractors take a lot of heat for suggesting that patients continue to come to the clinic even after they are out of pain. To combat this notion, many chiropractors go on a public relations rampage and market themselves as “that chiropractor that only treats the patient until they are out of pain.” If you don’t believe me, do a quick little google search on your local chiropractor and go to the “FAQ” section. One of the FAQ’s is usually, “Once I am out of pain, do I still need to come in and get treated?” The answer is usually something along the lines of, “No, in fact we never want to see you again.” (ok, I embellish a little, but you get the drift)

I think many chiropractors and healthcare providers in general are  scared of being viewed as that money hungry doctor and forget what might be in the best interest of their patients. (Not to mention, insurance does not pay for “well” or “maintenance” care as Cook mentions above.)

If we as practicioners are dealing with an active population, with patients who depend on their physical function for work (Fireman,police, etc.), or with any patient that does not want to live with pain, a movement screen (even when that patient is well) is most certainly in the best interest of that patient. 

And in the end, that is really all that matters.

and if the patients still aren' t happy, hire George Clooney

So, the first step in becoming a man was deciding to start writing on the interweb for others to read. For those of you following at home, my first post ever can be seen here.

A BIG thank you to my good friend and Facebook chatting buddy Todd Bumgardner. When I first got to know him, he casually said that if I ever wanted to test some of my stuff on his blog he would be more than happy to post it. After much thought and deliberation (really, not that much thought or deliberation), I took him up on his offer. After a few months of posting on his site, I think it is now my turn to start a blog for others to read.

That being said, me and technology do not get along well. Technology actually hates me. We fight all of the time and it can get ugly.

couldn't have said it better myself

Starting a blog, and attemping to set it up is a big task for me, so please don’t judge if something seems a little funky. I will  continue to fix it and make it better, I promise you that.

For you all out there who have read my work before, you know that I like to have a little fun with my writing while also trying to teach others something that  I may have learned, thought, or studied. I hope that with my own blog, I can do the same and continue to share some knowledge. Also, my plan is to open my own chiropractic office within the next 8-10 months so I will hopefully be sharing my journey through that process.

A Quick Preview: Today I called a supply company to get a ballpark figure on a table that I want to get for my office. The conversation went a little like this:

Me: Hi, I am looking to get some pricing on a table that I saw in your catalog.

Maryanne: Ok, what is your account number?

Me: I don’t have an account yet, I am just a student looking for pricing on a table.

———–Silence——————

Maryanne: We can’t get you pricing until you have an account number so we know where we are sending the table.

Me: Ok, so you can’t just give me an estimate of the price of a table?

Maryanne: Yes, I can do that. But first I need your account number.

Me: Ok, thank you for your time. Bye-Bye.

Please stay tuned for future posts and if you can, please do me a favor and share/comment/like my posts if you enjoy them.

That is all.

Happy Holidays!!!!!

-Justin