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Why Would You, as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Consider Using Laser Therapy in your Practice?
Alternative Therapies
Written by Christopher Carraway, DC, DIBCN, CLS   
Friday, 16 March 2012 18:38
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here are literally hundreds of good scientific reasons. First, let’s cover some terminology.  Laser therapy is known by several names. “Low level laser therapy” (LLLT) is my personal favorite and is the term many in the scientific community are using. “Cold laser” is another popular term.  Why cold laser? Well, it’s not hot.  However, when I used that term in my office, my patients would say something like, “It doesn’t feel cold. Is it on?  What does the cold do for me?”  In 2003 the North American Association of Laser Therapists (NAALT) adopted the terms phototherapy, or photobiomodulation.  For the purposes of this article I am going to use the term low level laser therapy. 
 
lasertherapy7So as a DC, what about low level laser therapy should draw your attention?  Consider just a few of the hundreds of positive research papers that have been published which would pertain to conditions we see every day.  A search using “LLLT” on the National Institute of Health or Pub Med sites will keep you entertained with laser research for several years.  
 
Consider a paper in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), 2009 Jan; (1):14-24 titled, “Chiropractic management of myofascial trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome: a systematic review of the literature.” Through a review of 112 articles, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters found “moderately strong evidence supports manipulation and ischemic pressure for immediate pain relief at MTrPs, but only limited evidence exists for long-term pain relief at MTrPs. Evidence supports laser therapy (strong), transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, acupuncture, and magnet therapy (all moderate) for MTrPs and MPS, although the duration of relief varies among therapies. Limited evidence supports electrical muscle stimulation, high-voltage galvanic stimulation, interferential current, and frequency modulated neural stimulation in the treatment of MTrPs and MPS. Evidence is weak for ultrasound therapy.” 
 
Note that in this article, laser therapy got the highest rating, “strong”, over all the other approaches used.  I have used many of these very therapies in my office.  I can relate first hand that low level laser therapy is superior in offering faster and longer-lasting relief.  With the addition of laser to their chiropractic care plan, I have noticed that my patients’ VAS pain scores drop more quickly and their outcome assessment scores improve faster. 
 
I will again draw from the JMPT for this next attention-getting paper:  “Chiropractic manipulative therapy and low-level laser therapy in the management of cervical facet dysfunction: a randomized controlled study.”  “Sixty ambulatory women between the ages of 18 and 40 years with cervical facet joint pain of more than 30-day duration and normal neurologic examination were randomized to receive one of three treatment options: (1) CMT of the cervical spine, (2) LLLT applied to the cervical facet joints, or (3) a combination of CMT and LLLT. Each participant received six treatments in three weeks. The main outcome measures were as follows: the Numerical Pain Rating Scale, Neck Disability Index, Cervical Range of Motion Instrument, and Baseline Digital Inclinometer. Measurements were taken during weeks 1 (baseline), 2, 3, and 4.  
 
Results:  No differences existed between the three groups at baseline. A significant difference was seen between groups 1 (CMT) and 2 (LLLT) for cervical flexion, between groups 1 (CMT) and 3 (CMT + LLLT) for cervical flexion and rotation, and between groups 2 (LLLT) and 3 (CMT + LLLT) for pain disability in everyday life, lateral flexion, and rotation. Conclusion: All 3 groups showed improvement in the primary and secondary outcomes. A combination of CMT and LLLT was more effective than either of the two on their own.” 
 
This is a well executed study, again demonstrating superior outcomes when CMT and LLLT were combined. 
 
From the publication Pain Medicine, August 2010, there is an interesting study titled “Low-level laser therapy for acute neck pain with radiculopathy.”   In a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized study, sixty subjects received a course of 15 treatments over 3 weeks with active or an inactivated laser as a placebo procedure. The conclusion? LLLT provided more effective short-term relief of arm pain and increased range of neck extension in patients with acute neck pain with radiculopathy in comparison to the placebo procedure. 
 
In the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association Don Fitz-Ritson, DC, FCCRS, DACRB stated:  “Chiropractors should view lasers as a modality which could be used in tandem with chiropractic care to provide better patient care and broaden the scope of neuromusculoskeletal conditions treated.”  
 
I must say that I have to agree wholeheartedly.  Then consider this:  LLLT is also FDA cleared for the treatment of muscle and joint pain, arthritis, muscle spasms, relief of stiffness and more. 
 
Please take some time to look at the science that is pointing to the positive effects of low level laser therapy.  I am sure you will be impressed.  Join me in next month’s issue when we will be discussing how to go about choosing the best laser for your practice. 
 
Christopher Carraway, DC, DIBCN, CLS, 1985 Graduate of Life Chiropractic College Chiropractic Neurologist, International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology National Institute of Chiropractic Research, Charter Member Advanced Proficiency Rating with Activator Methods Medical Advisory Board and Senior Clinical Advisor, Multi Radiance Medical Advanced Laser Integrations, CEO/President CE Certified Laser Therapy Instructor
 
Long Term Cryo-Therapy (LTCT) for Spinal Pain Control! Why Should LTCT Even Be Necessary?
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Alternative Therapies
Written by John W. Fiore, D.C.   
Sunday, 25 September 2011 18:55

lowbackpain3It’s an open secret that word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied patients are the primary source of new patients for most physicians. In many instances, patients refer others with similar conditions to their own.  And far and away the number one reason patients see a Chiropractor is for pain.

Consequently, it is incumbent upon the practitioner to do whatever he can to ease the patient’s suffering as quickly as possible while at the same time correcting the cause of his/her misery.  Unfortunately, this is not always easily accomplished because there are some people, a small % of ones practice, who are in such intractable pain that nothing seems to help. Visit after visit they complain that they’re not feeling any better, or that they simply haven’t “turned the corner” in their recovery.  Naturally this can be quite frustrating for both patient and doctor.

In a case such as this, the temptation to release or refer the patient prematurely is a common pitfall.  Or the sufferer may just stop care altogether on their own. This can be very discouraging for the parties concerned and, understandably, can wreak havoc on the doctor’s referral network.  Moreover, his/her reputation as a healer could suffer as well, since people with poor results have little reason to refer others. 

LONG TERM CRYOTHERAPY (LTCT) CAN HELP;

If just one intractable pain victim can be saved each month by cryotherapy, then that’s one less “hopeless” case we’ve lost and one more satisfied patient we’ve gained!  Furthermore, once the sufferer of persistent pain can see “light at the end of the tunnel” their hopes are raised accordingly and they are likely to hang around long enough for Chiropractic to correct the underlying cause of their condition. It’s a “moment of truth” for both patient and doctor.

HOW LTCT WORKS;

Whenever soft tissue trauma occurs it results in inflammation, (also infections cause inflammations), which is characterized by HEAT, REDNESS, SWELLING, and PAIN. These are also known as the CARDINAL SIGNS of inflammation, which   can often cause circulatory stasis and loss of function.  Ironically, because these 4 cardinal signs always occur together, they cannot exist alone. The removal of one, removes the OTHER 3 signs.

So, if we remove the heat, the swelling, redness, then the pain will all disappear together. Then the logical way to reduce heat is by absorbing the calories out by the use of cold therapy in an effective, safe, convenient, low cost manner. The degree of intensity of the four cardinal signs of inflammation is directly in proportion to the severity of the injury.  Thus, the more severe the injury, the more calories must be absorbed by the cold therapy to reduce the pain. When tissue is cooled, there is a contraction of fluid volume. Thereby relieving the pain caused by the pressure that the swelling exerts on the nerve endings¹.

In addition to its analgesic effects, LTCT also speeds up healing.  Since cold applications always, (not just sometimes) reduces fluid volume it can help with phagocytic activity.  Boyds’ Pathology states that macrophages and leucocytes (phagocytes) travel along fibrin pathways, but cannot “swim” in fluids between the fibrin².  It would seem that with reduction of fluid, between the fibrin network, phagocytic activity could cover the entire injured area in less time, and assist in a speedier recovery.

HOW SAFE IS LTCT;

coldcompressThe BIG FEAR that Drs. and patients have is the possibility of frostbite occurring when using Cryotherapy.  Using ice and water in an ice pack is absolutely safe, because it reduces skin temperature automatically to only 34º or above.  It maintains a temperature range between 34º-40º, until all the ice melts regardless how long it’s applied.  Therefore, ice and water cannot lower skin temperature below 32º. 

Frostbite can only occur when the skin temperature is brought down to 32° or below.  For this reason, using gel packs are not safe because skin freezing (frostbite) may occur when they are used one after another (on the same area).  Gel packs used this way can reduce skin temperatures down far below the freezing point of 32ºF.

A patient may say, “Well if I place a towel under the gel pack, won’t that be all right, Doc”?  Then that defeats the ability to penetrate deep into the body, because the towel insulates the gel. Especially, since gel packs last for less than 20 minutes and have no circulation within the pack. When the gel adjacent to the towel and the skin warms up, it becomes ineffective to cool any longer.  LTCT, using ice and water, takes temperatures down to ideal therapeutic levels and can be used for hours (not minutes, which are ineffective) to produce remarkable results.

HOW LONG SHOULD LTCT BE APPLIED?

Most D.C.’s were taught in college the prevailing theory that ice should not be applied for more than 20 minutes to a strain, sprain injuries or to inflammations. Yet in dealing with intransigent or deep spinal pain, I have found that the results of such a brief session to be much less than the “Alpha and Omega” of cryotherapy effectiveness.

It has been my experience that the successful resolution of serious pain requires the application of ice therapy for hours, rather than minutes, to penetrate deep into the spine. So, when LTCT is applied for hours, it works amazingly well. The Magic occurs when the cryotherapy time is increased to the dictates of the intensity of the pain!  The more entrenched and severe the pain, the longer the ice therapy needs to be applied. Thus the acronym, “Long Term Cryo-Therapy” was coined, (LTCT).

A good example of deep pain (2-3") is when an intervertebral disc (IVD) bulges and compresses a spinal nerve root (SNR).  Injury to the IVD generates heat by traumatic friction, resulting in inflammation (often called a Hot Disc), which in turn increases the internal pressure of the IVD.  e.g. – increase the temperature of an automobile tire and the internal pressure (turgor) of the tire will increase several lbs.

In light of this, when LTCT reduces the temperature inside the disc (nucleus pulposus [NP]) and subsequently contracts it, this then reduces the internal turgor of the IVD, thereby removing some pressure off the SNR.  Pain is relieved proportionately to the amount of LTCT that is applied, and the amount of contraction it produces.

WHY LTCT IS MOST EFFECTIVE;

Keeping in mind, that the IVD is 2-3 inches deep from the surface, cold pack therapy must be applied for hours at 34-40°F on the surface to reduce internal temperatures 2-3” deep approximately 10°F or less. This 10° reduction must be continued (usually 6 hrs. or more) to effect slight contraction of the IVD fluid, which will reduce SOME pressure on the SNR.  This spells Pain Relief that cannot be obtained in any other physiological way.

It has been my experience that the successful resolution of serious pain requires the application of ice therapy for hours, rather than minutes, to penetrate deep into the spine.

By absorbing caloric heat out of swollen (inflamed) tissues…. The joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves, will all respond to proper and persistent use of LTCT applications.  Furthermore, it would be especially effective to use immediately after an injury thereby curtailing or preventing the post-traumatic inflammatory swelling in the first place. Yet, by the time many patients seek care for intractable pain, the inflammatory process is so far along and well-entrenched that brief spells of ice therapy just won’t accomplish the goal of mitigating the pain of the patient.  What’s worse, an angry, swollen painful joint is not very amenable to Chiropractic technique, thereby delaying correction. 

Moreover, the disc, when contracted by the cold therapy is easier to manipulate by Chiropractic methods.  E.g. it is much easier to press a bulge inward on an auto tire if we FIRST partially deflated it!  In fact, when a disc has been attenuated by cold therapy for 4 or 5 days, it blazes a trail for easier manipulation, for it is almost always associated with increased audible releases when the disc replacement occurs. 

LTCT CAN BE A POWERFUL HEALING WEAPON;

The bottom line is, LTCT can give every D.C. the power to control nearly every kind of pain that occurs in his/her practice.  This can be a very satisfying feeling of practice control, not unlike that which M.D.’s have in using narcotics.  However, this gives Chiropractic the best of all possible worlds, because the D.C. can provide pain relief w/o the patient becoming addicted to drugs.  It engenders a “whole new ballgame” of higher levels of Chiropractic results.

Adjunctive LTCT treatment for your patients could very well make the difference between blessed recovery or continued therapeutic recalcitrance. And the far-reaching effects of raising your success rate can, needless to say, do wonders not only for mankind but for your practice as well. Some would call that a win, win situation!

HOW DOES A  D.C.  IMPLEMENT THE FULL POTENTIAL OF LTCT;

It’s quite simple .…. prescribe long term use of cold pack applications for your patients that are in PAIN.  I have found that the most effective way (although very untechnical) to use cold packs is by using ice and water alone in an 11” ice bag. The use of a 10” lumbar belt can be used for easy application to your patient’s low back. Application to the cervicals can be convenient also, by using a towel (folded long ways in 3rds draped over the neck w/ ice pack underneath. The two ends of the towel are connected in front above the chest w/ two or three rubber bands).  The Ice pack will last approximately 2 hrs, and has to be recharged with more ice for extended treatment.

The best ice bag (cap) I have found is the blue rubber-ish textured type made by the Faultless Co.  They meant what the name implies, when they named it Faultless.  They almost never leak, and can last 10 yrs. or more.  The 11" Faultless ice cap can be purchased at nearly any Drug Store or wholesale at Bodyline Comfort Systems, and sold to your patients.

If you wish to know more about LTCT, call bodyline @ 800-874-7715 and ask for the “Ice Magic” booklet (Free to Drs.) and a sheet that instructs patients on its use.

 

John W. Fiore, DC, attended Purdue University, majoring in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology graduating from Lincoln College in 1954.  Practiced together with his brother for 40 years and invented the “Back-Huggar” in 1968, and the “Neck-Huggar” in 1982, and founded Bodyline Comfort Systems in 1968.  Served five years as secretary of Florida Chiropractic Association.  Author of “Discaltic Aberrations of the Spine”  (Disc Theory of Chiropractic) published in the 1974 Edition of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic.

 

References:

1. Textbook of Pathology, Boyd, 5th Edition,

2. Textbook of Pathology, Boyd, 5th Edition,

 
Acupuncture and Massage in Chiropractic—Is It Right for Your Practice?
Alternative Therapies
Written by Dr. Michael Failla, D.C.   
Monday, 25 April 2011 18:41

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hiropractors are used to thinking outside the box when it comes to treating patients. Where a general practitioner might prescribe an anti-inflammatory, aaccupuncture chiropractor could provide equal, if not better benefits with a simple adjustment. This willingness to go against the flow of traditional medicine and incorporate a holistic view of treatment is what sets chiropractic apart as a discipline. 

That being said, however, some chiropractors are resistant to the idea of using other therapies, like massage or acupuncture, to treat their patients. However, these therapies shouldn't be discounted so quickly. In fact, one of the rising trends among higher-end chiropractic practices is the incorporation of acupuncture and massage with traditional chiropractic treatment.

Physical Benefits of Acupuncture and Massage:

First, it's helpful to understand a little about the physical benefits of acupuncture and massage. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence about the benefits of massage and acupuncture, but there is also a significant amount of medical research on the subject. Of the scientific studies done on massage and acupuncture, there are several obvious conclusions.

First, both massage and acupuncture are beneficial for stress. They promote a relaxed state in the body, and can help your clients feel better almost immediately. This sense of well-being and pain relief is, of course, temporary, but can give your clients' bodies a chance to have some "down time" from being stressed, which can help with their recovery, and make your treatments more effective.

Secondly, massage and acupuncture are stimulating. Both stimulate blood flow when done properly, which can certainly help with the healing process when it comes to basic chiropractic complaints, including back pain, joint pain, and long-term low level bodily pain.

Additionally, massage and acupuncture have both been shown to increase joint flexibility, another goal of chiropractic treatment. Massage and acupuncture treatments can both release pent-up tension in muscles and joints, which helps the healing process and increases your patient's range of motion. 

Finally, much like chiropractic, massage and acupuncture can both promote better posture. This is a great way to help your patients maintain good posture and bodily poses through a natural and enjoyable method, and, in a way, that will help make sure that they're not simply undoing all your treatment as soon as they get back home.

One of the rising trends among higher-end chiropractic practices is the incorporation of acupuncture and massage with traditional chiropractic treatment.

Benefits to Your Practice:

With this in mind, there are a number of benefits to incorporating massage and acupuncture in your practice. First, both make an excellent stream of alternative revenue. Whether you subcontract out to various local practitioners or you decide to hire a massage therapist or acupuncturist full-time, this is a great way to diversify your profits, especially since both massage and acupuncture are becoming ever more popular as for alternative treatments. 

Additionally, providing such advanced kinds of alternative treatments demonstrates to potential clients that your practice is on the cutting-edge of the profession. Those who are interested in chiropractic are more often than not interested in other alternative treatments as well, and being able to provide all of those treatments in one place is both convenient for the client and impressive in terms of the quality of service offered. This can be a quick and easy way to set your practice apart from others in your area.

Finally, one of the greatest benefits of offering holistic services such as acupuncture and massage is the almost immediate results that patients get. Massage and acupuncture are innately relaxing and soothing and make the patient feel better immediately, which gives them a better impression of your practice. If they are seeing immediate results, they're more likely to stick with your chiropractic treatment until the long-term results associated with traditional chiropractic show up. This means that they are more likely to see real benefits in a relatively short amount of time, meaning that you are virtually guaranteed more repeat visits and they are more likely to refer other clients to you.

One of the greatest benefits of offering holistic services such as acupuncture and massage is the almost immediate results that patients get.

How You Can Do It:

There are several ways that you can incorporate acupuncture and massage into your practice. First, you can get the training yourself. There are a number of physiotherapy colleges that offer basic training in both acupuncture and massage and you can get certification to perform basic therapies fairly quickly.

If you are uncomfortable performing the procedures yourself you can also choose to work with the practitioners in your community. Many massage therapist and acupuncturists do on-location calls, and it's easy to work out an arrangement where they rent a room from you or agree to work at your practice on certain days of the week.

You can also choose to hire a massage therapist or acupuncturist outright, which can be the best way to go if you are planning on using them extensively. With all the new HIPAA privacy regulations, it can actually be easier to hire your therapists on a part-time basis than it is to go through all of the certifications necessary for them to be able to use your EHR system or have access to your patient records. It all really depends on exactly how much you want to incorporate their services into your practice.

The Takeaway:

Massage therapy and acupuncture are two very hot topics in terms of alternative healthcare right now, and many top chiropractic practices are getting in on the market. Since there are very definite physical benefits to such treatments and it is clear that offering such treatments can benefit your practice and your bottom line, deciding whether or not to incorporate such therapies into your normal treatment plans certainly merits some serious consideration.

 
Speed Musculoskeletal Healing with Homeopathy
Alternative Therapies
Written by Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.   
Sunday, 14 November 2004 22:42

Chiropractic is faced with many new challenges in health care.  It is not just about helping people “feel better”.  The advent of many new alternative therapies applied by acupuncturists, nutritionists, massage therapists, physical therapists, psychotherapists, life coaches, fitness coaches and wellness coaches presents new competition to the chiropractic profession.

I am sure many of you have heard the joke: “How many chiropractors does it take to screw in a light bulb?  Just one, but it will take 27 office visits.”  Although this joke brings a laugh to anyone familiar with chiropractic, it should be a warning sign to our profession—as to how we have been branded in the eyes of the public.

When some practice managers of the past were promoting how to get their case visits up to 50 or even 100, I was working to get my case visit average down to 10.  Some chiropractors laughed at my attempts, saying, “You can never be successful with that approach.”

However, through this approach, we broke the million-dollar barrier. Patients wanted to see us because of our effectiveness, and over 75% stayed on for wellness care, because of our efficiency and ability to help them with the variety of other health conditions they were living with.  Homeopathy was the key therapeutic adjunct that made the difference!

Our future as the number one natural health care profession is now based on providing the most efficient and effective solutions to help people in less time, visits, and cost.  This principle is true with both patients and managed care companies.  Whoever provides the most effective solutions will be the most successful and gather the major market share of business.  That is the bottom line.

"Be the Best and Ahead of the Rest"

The chiropractic profession has been built and branded upon the chiropractic adjustment and the natural treatment of musculoskeletal problems, especially in the spine.  The key to our growing success is “being the best and ahead of the rest” at what we do.  Chiropractic and homeopathy working hand-in-hand will greatly help our profession further develop and solidify its threatened leadership role in musculoskeletal care, as they both correct nerve interferences throughout the whole nervous system—from the brain to the periphery.

Homeopathy to the Rescue

As we expand our concept of the subluxation complex, we begin to discover new ways to correct the plethora of nerve interferences that exist beyond the spine. The homeopathic potentization process has discovered powerful therapeutic abilities in the substances of our environment by using serial dilutions beyond the molecular level.  These scientific breakthroughs in homeopathy provide many new insights into energetic medicine to help us complete the initial concepts of chiropractic.  These solutions have turned the once complex and elusive healing art of homeopathy into a simple and easy-to-use approach for the high volume chiropractic practice.

There are simple homeopathic solutions that can be easily incorporated into the musculoskeletal practice.  Homeopathic companies offer formulations to help the chiropractor achieve faster, more effective and corrective results with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions such as:

•  acute and chronic back, neck and spinal injuries
•  arthritis and fibromyalgia
•  neuralgias and sciatica
•  TMJ, headaches and migraines
•  disc injuries and degeneration
•  sports injuries and performance enhancement
•  associated problems, such as stress and reflex subluxation disorders (digestive, hormonal, food allergies, colon, ileocecal valve, reproductive, and adrenal)

Homeopathy equips the chiropractor to more effectively and efficiently help the greatest number of people overcome a greater diversity of musculoskeletal problems, more so than any other healing art. With its vast accumulation of clinical data, homeopathy empowers the chiropractor to make the most significant healing impact on society—from head injuries to turf toe.  With these new contemporary procedural systems, you can enjoy the benefits of a high volume practice with the greater rewards of a broad-spectrum practice.

Frank J. King, Jr., is a nationally recognized researcher, author and lecturer on homeopathy.  In addition, Dr. King is the founder and director of King Bio Homeopathics, a registered homeopathic manufacturing company dedicated to completing chiropractic destiny with the marriage of homeopathy.  Dr. King offers, complimentary to all Doctors of Chiropractic, his turnkey procedural system for the high volume practice called, The Chiropractic Enhancer system (CES).  It is so easy to use that you can successfully apply homeopathy in your practice using any company’s products in one day. Call King Bio Homeopathics, Asheville, N.C.  1-800-543-3245 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Homeopathic Wellness Care
Alternative Therapies
Written by Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.   
Tuesday, 14 September 2004 22:01

Wellness care is a popular subject in today’s health-minded population.  Your value, as a chiropractor, is proportional to your ability to help people with health issues; and nothing speaks louder or increases your value, as a doctor, more than helping people overcome the most serious health problems on the planet.  These issues include heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

Homeopathy offers safe, natural, and effective products and procedures, and is readily available to significantly help people with these more serious conditions.  Homeopathy is not as difficult or risky as it first may seem.

The key to successfully helping people with these conditions is offering safe and practical  complementary adjuncts to standard medical protocols.  Homeopathy is the first alternative medicine modality to have ascended to recognition by the FDA.  It offers curative solutions that have no side effects, no potential for addiction, and no known negative drug interactions.  Homeopathy supports the entire organism to move into a higher state of wellness and, often, has reduced the need for allopathic medications.

It is important to note that, when allopathic drugs are used in a regulatory fashion (as in diabetes or high blood pressure), it is necessary to monitor the patient closely while using homeopathy.  The body rebalances itself in the healing process, and allopathic drug dosages may need to be adjusted by the prescribing physician.  A relationship of openness and communication needs to exist between patient and doctor.  We recommend that patients not discontinue or adjust allopathic medications without first consulting their physician.

Some of the more important lessons I’ve learned about operation of a wellness practice are:

- Stay away from unsafe, unrecognized, controversial, or political "hit list" products or procedures.  A good example is laetrile.

- Use protocols in their most efficacious roles.  Nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle enhancement protocols are maximized when used as support for homeopathy and chiropractic.

- Take the time and effort to read your patients well.  Will they listen to you and follow sound advice?  Be aware of radical thinking patients that may throw away their allopathic medications before the body has rebalanced itself.

- Dispel fear and negativity with knowledge and truth.  Many critics and adversaries have the potential to become our best allies.  Invite negative influential family members to appointments or training sessions so they can hear your common sense, complementary approach.  Many will become your staunch supporters.

- Get to know the doctor(s) involved in the case.  A growing number of medical doctors are open to complementary alternative practices and would welcome your expertise. Use this great opportunity to build a relationship and educate a practitioner that may be monitoring or has prescribed medicine(s) relating to the case.  You will find a number of these specialists make great cross-referring doctors.

- Apply sound lab tests, when appropriate.  Make sure not to duplicate or usurp the practice of any specialist(s) involved in your cases.  Make a reciprocal agreement to share test results with any other doctors on the case.

- Apply sound judgment and wisdom when managing your case.  Be positive and hopeful, but never inflate claims or expectations.  Your patients will appreciate your honesty.  Never disparage traditional medicine, and speak of the value of applying the best of both worlds in healthcare.  The priority is to maximize results and correct various underlying causes by applying safer, less-invasive procedures first.

- Education, education, education.  Whether it’s patients, physicians, or the public, education is paramount to a wellness practice.  The word doctor means to teach in Latin.  When patients are provided with education, they will, in turn, provide you with their trust.  Teach patients that their greatest success will come by leaving no stones unturned and taking the whole person perspective.  Educate them about how their body is designed to be healthy, and how employing every safe and natural means available to them maximizes their health.  Teaching fulfills the high call of chiropractic.  Your practice will grow in proportion to your ongoing educational efforts.

In direct harmony and concert with chiropractic principles and philosophy, homeopathy clearly provides the safest approaches to restorative healthcare on the planet!

Frank J. King, Jr., is a nationally recognized researcher, author and lecturer on homeopathy.  In addition, Dr. King is the founder and director of King Bio Homeopathics, a registered homeopathic manufacturing company dedicated to completing chiropractic destiny with the marriage of homeopathy.  Dr. King offers, complimentary to all Doctors of Chiropractic, his turnkey procedural system for the high volume practice called, The Chiropractic Enhancer system (CES).  It is so easy to use that you can successfully apply homeopathy in your practice using any company’s products in one day. Call King Bio Pharmaceuticals, Asheville, N.C.  1-800-543-3245 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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