Monday, May 28, 2018

To Sit or Not to Sit

  Widely available in different configurations, the standing desk can be an ergonomic blessing to people whose work keeps them desk-bound for long periods of time. 
     Most advantageous are the adjustable types, which can be raised for working while standing, or lowered for sitting to work. The flexibility allows for changing positions throughout the work day, a good antidote to chronic unhealthy postures.
  Whether you sit or stand, or mix it up, it is still wise to take frequent breaks---at least once an hour, walk away from your desk, move around, get some motion in your body, do some stretching, rest your eyes.  
     If you decide to use a standing desk, it’s a good idea to have a cushioned pad to stand on.  

Monday, May 21, 2018

Rotated Scapula

The shoulderblade (scapula) often rotates abnormally, or becomes stressed, in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Another way to conceptualize this is to imagine the bottom angle of the scapula moving in direction toward, or away from, the spine.
Because of how the scapula articulates at the shoulder, these rotations can affect the upper extremity all the way down to the wrist.
In my Activator Chiropractic protocol, after I find a rotated scapula and correct it, I then check the humerus (the bone in the upper arm), the radius and ulna (the two bones in the forearm), and the carpals (bones in the wrist).
This is a good example of the thoroughness of Activator Method when assessing and adjusting the  body.

Monday, May 14, 2018

As A Doctor Serving Medicare Patients

        Sadly, Medicare fraud is apparently rampant and on the rise. According to the April, 2018 edition of the AARP Bulletin, ways that fraudsters have figured out how to “bilk the system” include:
---”charging for services never delivered,
---falsifying patient records,
---inflating claims,
---stealing your ID,
---filing duplicate claims,
---providing unneeded equipment,
---buying off doctors / patients, (and)
---shortchanging your care.”

As a Doctor Serving Medicare Patients, I take my responsibilities to you and to the Medicare system very seriously. I work hard and pay careful attention to:
 ---giving you honest, clear, and complete information about your care in my office,
---inviting questions about anything, anytime, including my services, fees, what Medicare covers and does not cover, 
---guarding your personal records and information carefully,
---keeping complete & legible records about your diagnoses, your treatment, and your progress,
---being vigilant, careful, and compliant about Medicare rules,
---treating you only as frequently & for as long as is reasonable & necessary for your recovery from pain & resumption of acceptable functional status, and
---reporting accurately to Medicare on your behalf about the care you receive here.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ventana Wilderness Alliance

     I am proud to support this local group, which is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring the wilderness public lands of the northern Santa Lucia Mountains and the Big Sur coast. 
     From their website :
     "Founded in 1998, the Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) is a California nonprofit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. It is dedicated to protecting the wildlands of California's northern Santa Lucia mountain range. VWA is composed of people from all walks of life who share a love of Wilderness and a goal to ensure it remains wild in perpetuity."
     See page 6 in their Spring, 2018 newsletter   for my personal statement of support.