PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs)
is interesting. A survey found
that 53.1% of all US physicians recommended
at least one CHA to patients in the past year. The most
common approaches recommended were massage therapy (30.4%), chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation (27.1%),
herbs/nonvitamin supplements (26.5%), yoga (25.6%) and acupuncture (22.4%).
Female physicians were more inclined than their male counterparts
to suggest for massage,
supplements, acupuncture and mind-body therapies. Psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and
pediatricians were less inclined to suggest
chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who
most often recommended manipulation (54%) and massage (52.6%).
(1) And it’s been recorded that first contact
care by a chiropractor for issues like back pain, shoulder and hip pain brings
about lower cost of care as well as clinically comparable
pain relief and higher satisfaction levels. (2) We enjoy
seeing this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all sorts! Brooks chiropractic patients may well benefit from such cooperation in costs savings,
pain relief, and assurance in the care they receive.
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Kim Lombardy on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who works
with physicians of all professions to benefit patients and especially
his patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that troubled
her after her hip surgery. His use of The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management sets him apart.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Just for fun, take a look at these Danish articles
about the benefits of holiday joy and Santa fun! One study of medical doctors whose
November conferences (with coffee) were contrasted to December conferences
(without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits boosted the joy
to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors highlight
that the trial was “kept secret for the participant in accordance
with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study analyzed issues like belief in Santa and relationship length that may impact
doctors’ divorce statistics in
the months following the holidays. Divorce rates rose least for general
practitioners whose relationships were also reported to be longer
that other medical subspecialties. Belief
in Santa was advantageous only for psychiatrists!
These authors’ final recommendation was to join in
the Christmas fun but do not rely on Santa for the gift
shopping. Each person must do that for himself/herself! (4)
Bring Santa with you to your next Brooks chiropractic
visit! He will do us all some good!
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
Schedule your next Brooks chiropractic
appointment today with Soft Health and Healing Clinic. Soft Health and Healing Clinic wants you
see Santa and smile with joy. Soft Health and Healing Clinic welcomes any referrals
from physicians for Brooks chiropractic spinal manipulation which Soft Health and Healing Clinic
prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in Brooks.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!