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Downed Power Line or Subluxation?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on June 1, 2015

downed-power-lineWhat happens when a storm or a wayward automobile knocks down a power pole? Well, lots of things.

You can cut off power to many homes in the area causing all sorts of calamities from spoiled food to lost computer data to any number of problems. It can also cause electrocutions and fires at the site of the fallen power pole.

Vertebral subluxation (misalignment of spinal bones putting pressure on nerves/nervous system) can do the same thing in the body. It can cause pain and loss of function at the specific site of the misalignment OR problems throughout the whole nervous system adversely affecting the overall vitality of your body and life.

And just like you look to the power company to put up a new power pole and restore power to the area, your chiropractor essentially does the same thing with your spine and nervous system.

So, if things don’t seem to be working quite right in your body, health or life, maybe you should pay a visit to a good Principled chiropractor to help you determine if you are subluxated and what it will take to get your power turned back on.

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Hemorrhoids

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 27, 2015

I suffered for 20 yrs with hemorrhoids because of chronic subluxation. Since getting cleared (and staying clear) of subluxation, I haven’t had that “pain in the butt” ONCE in 25 years!

Do you have subluxation?

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Help Your Body Heal Better, Faster and With More Certainty

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 3, 2014

How does your body heal?  How can you help it…or should you even try?

In our thoroughly modern, “scientific” age, we employ all sorts of therapies and remedies to “enhance” or “speed” the healing process.  And quite often, we take drugs to ease the pain and symptoms CAUSED by the healing process.  BUT, I would suggest to you that there is a better way.

Now before I start, I’m not telling you not to go to the ER if you’ve been involved in an accident and need immediate attention.  I’m talking about routine chronic problems that never get to heal and diminish your quality of life.  And well, what I’m about to tell you might even help that broken arm heal better, too.

Your body heals itself much like a mason repairs a damaged wall.   A crew is brought in to remove the damaged parts and prepare the way for rebuilding the wall.  Then new materials are brought in to replace the old damaged material.  A competent and capable body (like the mason) will get the job done in the appropriate amount of time.

How does your body repair itself?

How does your body repair itself?

However, If the nervous system is compromised, the process simply will not function appropriately.  It’s like the mason gets the word late and is not quite prepared for the job.  Then we take something to ease the pain and it’s like giving the mason a bottle of booze to keep him from getting mad.  He can’t focus and just takes longer to do the job at less than 100%.

Enter the chiropractor.  He/she makes sure the brain gets the right signal and proper instructions and the right mason are then sent to the damaged/sick area.  The demolition and repair are done correctly and timely.

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So if you want to make sure your body heals properly and as efficiently and effectively as possible, find a good chiropractor that ONLY ADJUSTS the spine to remove this thing we call a vertebral subluxation.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Come to me all who ar weary…

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 14, 2013

Some people go to a chiropractor for back & neck pain.

I’d rather you come to me for PTSD, Depression, IBS, ulcerative colitis, lupus, chronic fatigue, insomnia, narcolepsy, seizures, ALS, MS or any other chronic condition.  Don’t give up on yourself.

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Back Pain or Miracles?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 13, 2013

Actually, I’m quite bored with back pain.  I know.  I know.  That’s what chiropractors do…fix back pain.  Sadly, it IS what most chiropractors do.  Cricks, backaches and strains, in fact.

I say “sadly” because that’s what probably 90% of all chiropractors do, deal with backaches.  In the beginning, chiropractic was known for all sorts of miracles that happened in the chiropractor’s office.  The first “patient” was a janitor whose hearing was restored when a bone in his spine was re-aligned.  In the decades since that fateful day in 1895, millions have sought healing and wholeness by getting “adjusted” after all of Medicine had failed them.

You know, only about 10% of the nerves in your body are responsible for pain.  Yet probably 90% of the money spent on chiropractic is on treating pain.  What happens to the OTHER 90% of the nervous system?  THAT part is what is responsible for our HEALTH and QUALITY OF LIFE!

If you REALLY want a better life, you should find yourself a good chiropractor who has plans, fees and systems built on lifetime care for you and your entire family.  I’d even prefer that you find a chiropractor that specializes in specific adjustments of the top bone or two in your neck.  When you start functioning closer to the way God designed you, you’ll start seeing miracles both in your health AND your entire life experience.

Try it, especially if you need a miracle.

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Chiropractic and a Better Life

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 29, 2013

There’s not an aspect of your life that is not affected by your nervous system.  It doesn’t matter if it’s how your body functions, how your relationships work, how successful your career is or even your spiritual life.  In fact, I’ll be so bold as to say that your nervous system is THE physical link between your potential and your reality.

You see, your Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) is the first system in the body to develop when a woman becomes pregnant.  By virtue of that alone, every single tissue, organ and system in your body derives from your nervous system.  That just means that ANY stress on your nervous system will absolutely have a negative effect on how your body functions.

Even more important is the fact that how you perceive your inner and outer world directly affects the decisions you make at every level of your life.  A dirty filter makes for faulty decisions.  A pile of faulty decisions can mess up your life.  A lifetime of bad decisions can ruin your life and many others connected to you.  So, wouldn’t it make sense that a healthy nervous system is necessary for a healthy, whole and happy life?  Absolutely!

OK.  So where does the chiropractor come in?  Glad you asked.

While many people (including lots of chiropractors) think that chiropractic is best suited for back pain and headaches, that barely scratches the surface.  When a chiropractor makes a valid adjustment to the spine (primarily at the top of your neck) everything works better.  And, I mean EVERYTHING!  Sometimes, you may not notice it right away.  BUT, you ARE better right then, right there.  As time passes and you stay adjusted, you become well-adjusted.  THEN, life begins to look a whole lot different.

And, guess what.  You don’t even need symptoms to benefit from what a good chiropractor can do for you.  All you need is to be alive and to want to be MORE ALIVE!

So, how do you find this special kind of chiropractor?  The first clue is that they don’t advertise about pain or symptoms.  Their ad in the phone book might include ONLY their name, address and phone number.  They’re called “Principled” chiropractors or DE chiropractors or upper cervical chiropractors.  And if all else fails, you call or write me.  I’ll find one for you.

Till then, remember that “Nothing is bigger than LIFE!”

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Simple?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 10, 2013

The hardest thing about simplifying is that it’s just TOO simple to figure out.

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Five Reasons to Choose a Chiropractic Membership Practice

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 3, 2013

1.  Convenience – Most Membership Practices operate on a “walk-in” basis.  Because you don’t need an appointment, you work your visits to the chiropractor into YOUR schedule instead of working your schedule around your appointment.  Our job is to simplify your life and help you de-stress NOT to further complicate it.

2.  Simple Fees – One of the key features of a Membership Practice is predictable fees.  Most Membership Practices offer unlimited visits at a fixed fee, making the cost of regular chiropractic care predictable and affordable.  Simpler fees make third party reimbursement unnecessary, even obsolete.

3.  Privacy Rights -Because insurance is not involved in a Membership Practice, you never need to worry about your information being reported to an insurance clearing house.  Many people have experienced problems with information reported to agencies like the credit bureau or Medical Information Bureau.

4.  More and Better Service – Because the focus is on YOU and not your insurance company, you get exactly what you need and exactly what a chiropractor is REALLY trained to offer, the chiropractic adjustment.  Your time is not wasted on treatments or therapies that may not be needed but MAY BE covered by insurance.  Because the membership chiropractor’s focus IS the adjustment, you tend to get better adjustments AND you get in and out quicker, saving you time and money.

5.  No Conflicts of Interest – Because your relationship is with the chiropractor and the chiropractor’s relationship is SOLELY with you AND because what you pay your chiropractor is FIXED, you never have to wonder if his/her recommendations are for YOUR benefit OR their student loan or new car payment.  You KNOW that their recommendation is based on YOUR need and NOT their need.

A chiropractor that has chosen to offer a Membership Practice, has done so in order to help more people by providing JUST chiropractic care at an affordable price and in a manner that makes your life simpler and more powerful.

Oh, here’s a link to Chiropractic Membership Practices all across America just in case you were wondering if there was one near you.

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The cancer patient experience

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on January 30, 2013

My first chiropractor had a patient who was a recovering addict. Brought scores of folks to her practice over the years. Contracted cancer that eventually took him Home. She continued to adjust him till the day of his passing. Many of his friends asked him numerous times why he continued getting adjusted. He would respond “Because I want every ounce of life God gives me while I’m still here.”

I want YOU to get every ounce of life God has given you for the duration of your Earthly experience. God loves you. So do I.

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Price Elasticity and the New Chiropractic Reality

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 24, 2012

I love Economics, often called “The Dismal Science”.  The short definition of Economics is that it’s the study of the allocation of scarce resources.  Like many things in Economics, scarcity is a relative terms.  Tow of the great caveats in Economics is “What if” and “it depends”.  In other words, Economics really is a study of behavior as it relates to stuff.  Stuff like money and the stuff we substitute for money.

Since entering the world of healthcare (specifically Chiropractic) over 20 years ago, I’ve watched with great interest the games providers play with Economics and how really naive the healthcare business is when it comes to the Dismal Science.  It’s really amazing, too, how ignorant lawmakers, regulators and administrators are about the economics of healthcare, too.  But, I’ll focus on Chiropractic in order to keep my interest high and this article short.

We all know about Economics’ Law of Supply and Demand.  We also understand that the greater the demand for a given product or service at a given level of supply, the higher the price of that good or service.  Further, we know that given a certain level of demand the quantity supplied can affect the price of a product or service.  There is an additional concept within the Law of Supply and Demand called “elasticity”, which basically is how widely supply and demand changes given changes in the price of a product or service.

OK.  Enough background.  What I want you to see are the dramatic changes facing the chiropractic profession because of the Law of Supply and Demand and the Price Elasticity of Demand for chiropractic services.  Over the last 30 years, chiropractors have benefited (?) from relative parity with other health professions when it came to 3rd party reimbursements like health insurance and Medicare.  Prior to that, chiropractors were paid directly by consumers of their service.  As a result, fees were relatively low.  After “insurance parity” chiropractic bills skyrocketed.  For the longest time, the chiropractors’ bills were rarely questioned.  And as long as patients were required to pay little or nothing out-of-pocket, they flocked to chiropractors’ offices and everybody was happy.

Eventually, the profession began to choke the goose with the golden egg.  Managed care came on the scene and the scrutiny of chiropractic bills began.  Deductibles and copays started increasing.  In other words, patients were being required to take cash out of their pocket to pay for a portion of their chiropractic care.  At that time, we began to see serious competition among chiropractors themselves but also with physical therapists and MDs..  It seems that MDs could bill greater amounts with fewer out-of-pocket requirements than the chiropractors.

Chiropractors found that even the slightest increase in out-of-pocket expense caused a drop-off in consumer demand for chiropractic services.  So, the natural response was for the chiropractor to waive out-of-pocket costs or NOPE, no out of pocket expense.  Problem was, that tactic was deemed illegal under fraud statutes. Chiropractors started going to jail NOT in righteous protests but for fraud.

The next response by the profession was “exhaustion of benefits”.  Under this approach, a care plan would be rendered based partly on what a person’s insurance coverage was.  The amount covered would be subtracted from the calculated cost of the care plan at the doctor’s per visit rate (including covered therapy modalities) and the balance either paid up front with a discount or spread over the life of the care plan.  This approach has come under great scrutiny by both legal and regulatory authorities.  Hopefully, this practice is almost gone.

But, the history of chiropractic economics has shown that the Price Elasticity of Demand is very significant.  this just means that even though chiropractors had been paid very well for at least a couple of decades, that income was the result of creative billing and lax  oversight by 3rd party payors and NOT because they competed directly for consumers on a cash basis.  Over that time, chiropractors began to equate their value with their gross income instead of the REAL demand for chiropractic services by the cash paying customer.  Many of those same practitioners have been teaching chiropractic students over the last decade or two that there is no price competition and that they should expect (even demand) a high level of reimbursement.

The sad reality is that insurance coverage for chiropractic services is almost gone in America.  Chiropractors are now in an environment where they must compete with each other for clients but with alternatives that may still be receiving some 3rd party payments while the DC is not.  In other words, there a lots of chiropractors charging rates based on what used to be paid by someone OTHER than their patient.  And as we all know, no one spends their own money like they’d spend someone else’s.

So, what we have in chiropractic now are thousands of recently graduated chiropractors who entered school to become a doctor who didn’t have to work hard while making lots of money entering a market where there is little or no 3rd party pay and an economy where people are squeezing every penny out of every dime just to make ends meet.

The new economic realities of the chiropractic profession are that students owe at least twice (in student loans) what they can expect to earn in a year.  The average income for chiropractors is falling as is the average fee for service.

Today’s chiropractor is ill-equipped to face the new market realities.  He/she must become excellent marketers, well versed in public speaking, one-on-one selling, social and business networking and business management.  They will work in smaller offices with lower overhead, smaller staff, lower incomes and lower fees.  The competition for the old reliable NMS conditions will be hard to wrench from the hands of orthopedists and physical therapists.  They will be forced to improvise their approach or seek other careers, like teaching Biology at the local middle or high school.  Not exactly what they borrowed $200,000 to end up doing.

The new reality is that chiropractors will almost be forced to narrow their scope like chiropractors of old, offer fee systems that are reasonable for most individuals and families to pay out of pocket and to sell chiropractic like BJ Palmer did in his time and Sid Williams in his.  As for me, I am glad to see this change coming.  But, I don’t think my profession and its system of learning and regulation are.  I guess time will tell.

 

 

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