Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

October 25, 2017

“I had no idea chiropractic was covered by insurance.”

That from today’s new patient. If you know anyone suffering from back pain, neck pain, or headaches (or knee pain, or shoulder pain, or… or…), you would be doing them a great service to mention that chiropractic might help them.

A chiropractic patient is qualified as a chiropractic patient because they need chiropractic care, not because of their complaints, or lack of complaints.

We look for a condition that is often no painful – it will likely eventually become painful. It may be painful, it may not. The condition we look for and attempt to prevent, correct, or manage is a progressive condition: it will get worse if it is left uncared for. It will lead to degenerative changes, eventually. And this process will lead to disease labels.

If a patient waits too long, there may be little that chiropractic care can do. But you will not know that without an examination, and usually a trial of care.

And if someone you know, work with or are related to is suffering, does have the condition that chiropractors look for and correct, and does not get chiropractic care, there is a good chance that, symptom relief or not, they will still have that condition afterwards. By this I mean medication, physical therapy, massage, may give symptomatic relief; if may not correct the underlying condition causing the symptoms.

It is an old story. We who have been telling it for decades tend to assume everyone knows it. But like insurance coverage, which has been standard for chiropractic care since the early 70’s, not everyone knows.

You need to tell them.

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January 25, 2017

Left Knee Pain

Today a patient wanted me to know that her left knee pain, a pain that she didn’t even tell me about (that part impressed her the most), went away immediately after her last visit – and she hasn’t had that pain since.

Patients often like to hold back from telling me what is bothering them when they come in for any particular visit; and I don’t always  ask. They like to see if I can ‘find’ it without them telling me. Then, when I do, they make a big deal out of that.

When we accept people as patients we try to explain that ours is an “alternative” approach. That we are looking for something (the subluxation complex), and if that have that, they can be a chiropractic patient – as long as it is safe for us to address the subluxation with what we do (in our case the Activator Method). If they do not have that particular condition, they do not qualify as a chiropractic patient; if it wouldn’t be safe to adjust them in the way that we do in this office, they still do not qualify as a chiropractic patient, in this office at least.

Most all of that is lost on most people. They hurt, that is the problem. And they think that it is critically important for them to tell us where they hurt for us to do our job. We go along with the conversation and keep trying to help them understand the difference between a symptom-based approach and the chiropractic approach. First patients have to feel better. We know that. The rest is a bonus.

 

January 8, 2017

Tips for choosing the right Chiropractor

The Val-U-Pak coupons came in the mail last week; I just throw them in Helen’s IN basket. Today I saw that she had pulled one out and put where I could find it: “5 Tips for choosing the right Chiropractor” – I had to read it.

And now I am compelled to share my thoughts on it with you – no, I am not going to address the marketing dynamics, or the low ball offer, and all that that implies. But let’s just look at the tips and go from there.

Tip #1:  Get a thorough consultation – Make sure your doctor truly listens to your problems and concerns. Now who going to argue with that: not me. (Falls under ‘goes without saying’ though I know it may not be what many patients have encountered in the offices that they have visited, chiropractic or otherwise.)

Tip #2: Detailed Computerized Examination – The doctor should provide you with access to the latest technology. Gosh that sounds good on the face of it, doesn’t it? All I can say it think this one through, all the way through. The trouble for patients is that they are way over their head when it comes to this and are ripe for picking for those who with less than stellar ethics.

Tip #3: On-Site X-Ray Facility – see your problems for the most effective care. This presupposes quite a bit. Nowadays it is pretty well recognized that most of the time the problems that we chiropractic doctors are addressing directly are safely and effectively addressed without having to expose the patient to either the radiation risks, or the expense of x-rays. Sometimes we do, then, having an on-site x-ray facility makes sense. The most “effective” care is the care the gets the results both the patient and doctor want in the least amount of time, for the least amount of money, and in the safest way possible. I would put ‘see’, ‘problems’ and ‘most effective’ in quotes and go from there:-)

Tip #4: Report of Clinical Findings – Prior to receiving care, you should know what’s wrong, if they can help, how long the process will take, and how much it will cost. Great ideal, but this promises more that any of us can deliver. First, you should know if the chiropractor believes that you have the problem/condition that chiropractors’ attempt to prevent, correct, or manage and if they think that it is safe to address it in the way that they specifically work. And those, by the way, are the two questions that the doctor is trying to answer in the consult and exam: do they have the problem we fix; and would it be safe to fix it the way we fix things around here? That is the “if they can help” part. But don’t be fooled – it isn’t if they can help. It’s if they think that they can help. We don’t really know if we can help for sure until we try. Which leads to how long the process will take: no one knows! In our office we make the following “promise”: that the patient will feel different in two weeks and better in four weeks. We offer that knowing full well that the vast majority will feel different and better before they get to the door to leave on their first visit. BUT, there is no guarantee! I tell them that’s the promise, and that that way if results come quickly chiropractic is a hero, if not, we are still on schedule weeks into it – it’s a reality check. Patients bring us spinal conditions that have been developing, often pain-free, for years (sometimes decades). They have developed degenerative changes, habits, lifestyles, and other conditions that affect recovery. But we live in a society that expects instant results, so… it’s an attempt to interject the truth about their conditions seriousness and the potential limitations to recovery.

Tip #5: Education – it is critical to be instructed on how to get better faster, stay better longer, and achieve maximum results for less money. Yep. And I dedicated a whole Category of our office Blog to “Be Careful Who You Listen To”. In our office we offer the following basic education to all patients, not all want all of it, some don’t want any; some want some of it, but it is always offered: (a) The problem(subluxation): how it was created, what makes it worse, and what makes it better; (b) Our solution (the adjustment via the Activator Method) to restoring function to the joints; this includes the use of basic back first aid tricks, such as the proper use of ice; (c) how their lifestyle might be the cause of or a contributing factor, and what they might be able to do about it; (d) how to correctly move and use their back, knees, and shoulders (as a minimum) because often their history is that they do not know – and/or it is revealed in our examination – and moving poorly prevents recovery and promotes relapse; (e) exercises that the patient can do at home to promote joint motion in the joints that we had to adjust, so they can go longer between visits. From there, and not before covering that ground, we will go into strengthening, flexibility, balance or coordination exercises addressing whatever is revealed as the weak areas, or according what will help the patient hold their adjustments longer.

So, for $38, you can have a posture analysis (computerized no doubt), consultation, examination and two X-rays, and save $172 – and you can get $10 off a one hour massage to boot! And… well, stop by the office if you want this coupon (it’s first come – first served).

I hope that my comments were helpful to you and that you choose a chiropractor that delivers on all their promises and gives you all the results that you seek. Happy New Year!

 

December 27, 2016

2016 Questions & Answers

Some of these questions came up only once; others come up now and then, but I thought it would be nice to cover them for those who wonder.

  1. Yes, we do take new patients. A patient asked this question a while back, saying that she thought we were so busy and had been here for so long (30 years) that we probably couldn’t take new patients any more. We do.
  2. No, I will not teach you how to use the Activator Instrument if you find one to buy on eBay. A patient did actually ask.
  3. Yes, we are open on Fridays. Our hours changed many years ago – there was a time when we were closed on Fridays. Now our hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sometimes, though rarely, I come in on a Saturday; if that is the only thing that will work for you just call and let us know, we will work something out.
  4. Our fee, when you pay us at the time of service, cash, is $43. That’s right, only $43. We don’t money to be the reason you don’t get the care you need. We ‘fiddle’ with that for kids – usually, if we charge at all for kids, it’s $20. (We certainly don’t want money to be the reason you don’t get the kids the care that they need!!)
  5. Yes, we sell Biofreeze. And the folks who regularly buy it here, as well as the random stranger who buys it, say that our prices are great. I wouldn’t know; I don’t know what everyone else charges.
  6. Yes, we sell Kangen water machines. This Blog has about a dozen Posts on the subject of water and we routinely recommend it and the machine that makes it. There is no healthier water – though sometimes it is actually too healthy (Like everything else, powerfully healthy choices are best made by reasonably healthy people. People who are very sick can not just blindly change to what would otherwise be a very healthy habit. Seek professional advice!) P.S. – we strive to make what we offer the very best in it’s class. So whether it is Activator Method chiropractic care, tai chi (exercise), JuicePlus+ (supplements) or Kangen water, as far as I know, there is no better (healthier, more effective) choice: and usually whatever is in second place is way back there! When we say that we take your health seriously, we are not kidding.

There are going to be other questions – I will add them as I think of them:-)

Happy New Year!

DrD

December 26, 2016

If This Describes You, Maybe We Can Help

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February 20, 2016

I Guess It’s True

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Have you ever heard that once you go to a chiropractor you will have to keep going?

Well, last week a patient drove over the mountains from eastern Washington (about 4 hours). He arrived in the late afternoon, checked in to a motel and came over to be adjusted.

The next morning he came in again to be checked and was adjusted again. Then he left for home, feeling much better, and walking normally.

He had not been in for 12 years – not since that last time he drove over to get adjusted.

So I guess it’s true, once you go to the chiropractor you have to keep going. (We must have some sort of mystical power over people.)

And for some it’s a lifelong problem

Something to think about.

September 27, 2015

A picture is worth…

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August 12, 2015

Research Study Around A “Controversy” Finds “…no Significant Association…”

Our adversaries manufacture controversy to their benefit… until light shines on the facts.

April 29, 2015

Talking To M.D.s About Chiropractic

Dr. Malic Slosberg presents to 500 eager docs…

December 1, 2014

900th Blog Post

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I started this Blog in December, 2005 for the benefit of patients, and others, who want help with health-related decisions. In pure permaculture fashion it simultaneously serves many purposes but, mostly, it’s a resource. It’s not all good, but some of it is great – and it’s usually easy to tell the difference (sometimes I am lazy; some days are better than others:-)

This Blog is a way to share what I’ve learned in over 40 years as a health nut and fitness fanatic, over 30 years as a Chiropractor, and over 20 years as a Tai chi guy. As an athlete since age 11, I know a little about sports injuries; as a chiropractor for over 30 years I know a little about pain and injury, relief, rehab, recovery – and prevention. And as a Tai chi guy I have learned a lot about putting all of that (and much more) together in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of all the parts.

So on this, the 900th Post, I write to remind you that a simple search (just type the word in the search box to the right) of any one of the following terms or phrases will pull up a list of Posts on the subject. Scroll down the list of Posts to find the one that targets your interest, or read them all to get a fuller picture.

One feature that, so far, has never been used to full advantage is the Comments function. Use it if you want to give feedback (they all get sent to my email) or if you want the subject of that Post to be part of a conversation back and forth (you might have a question).

Here is a list of search terms that you might find productive:

back pain
back injury
back
neck pain
neck
headaches
head
pain
knee pain
knee
shoulder pain
shoulder
jaw
TMJ
TMD
Activator Method
Activator Adjusting
Activator Instrument
Activator
Chiropractic
Subluxation
Subluxation Complex
Research
injury
rehab
rehabilitation
prevention
posture
forward head posture
bending
lifting
bending and lifting
bend
back
lift
back exercise
strength training
stretching
endurance
back muscles
progression
exercise
fitness
safety
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tai chi
balance training
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JuicePlus+
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fish oil
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oolong
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hiking
backpacking
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water
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air
Kangen
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neuroplasticity
fibers
nerve
nervous system
system
medical
physcian
medical doctor
medicine
drugs
surgery
industry
industrial complex
disability
disease
death

October 15, 2014

“Services of Doctors of Chiropractic result in improved health, satisfaction, safety and reduced per capita costs.”

That’s a quote from Oregon Governor, Dr. John Kitzhaber, M.D., in his Proclamation naming October “Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month”.

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April 30, 2014

News Flash!! Chiropractic Care Cures Lifelong Eczema in 2 Months

I was seeing a patient a little while ago and we joked about how long she’s been coming to our office for Chiropractic care.

It was February, 1964. She was 19 years old and pregnant with her first child. She was referred by her husband. She had had eczema her whole life.

I got all of that from the original History in her file, hand written by Dr. Hayne’s wife. (It was the Haynes-Thompson Chiropractic office back then.) I was amused at what’s not in the clinical record of a chiropractor, circa 1964: she’s “age-19” but no Date of Birth, for example. There are many others. (50 years of chiropractic care and her file isn’t a half inch thick!)

Two months after starting chiropractic care, this patient no longer had eczema – and it never came back. Fifty years later, that is today, she had a little neck and back pain probably from overdoing it in Zumba class, she thinks. She had been doing fine since her last, most recent, visit in January.

Just another typical (1960s) chiropractic patient. Not so typical by today’s standards. And she won’t show up on any Government health care statistics: Medicare doesn’t pay. It’s not “… necessary” according to them. Anyway, it’s worth it to her to pay for her own chiropractic care.

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