The Empowered Patient

The Empowered Patient

The patient that is highly in tune with the subtle energies of the body is an empowered patient.

We tend to wait until our symptoms are overt and overwhelming before we seek assistance.

By this time we are deep in the throws of ‘need of care’ and recovery can seem overwhelming and often impossible.

By teaching people how to tune in to the physical and emotional side of the human body, we can often address issues well before they turn into full blown emergency states.

Knowing the body and taking account of your daily, weekly, monthly ‘body status’ not only helps us nip issues in the bud, it helps our care givers have a more accurate starting point for diagnosis and treatment.

The result of which can be multi-fold….

  1. Reduced need for unnecessary testing.
  2. Reduced misdiagnosis
  3. Reduced unnecessary treatment modalities.
  4. Reduced ineffective treatment modalities.
  5. Increased efficacy of treatment
  6. Reduced overall costs of treatment
  7. Increased speed of recovery.

Don’t worry…tuning into the subtle energies of the body won’t make you ‘Psychic’. You won’t quit your job and become a Medical Medium.  You’ll simply know your body better and find a strength in empowerment that can lead to faster healing and more effective personal change.

Knowing your own body, your own biological needs is something that everyone has within them, we just tend to ignore this process and defer to experts. No wonder why we hate going to the doctor so much…intuitively we know they are often looking for a needle in a haystack.

But what if we could help them pinpoint a specific area that the needle was located? What if we could eliminate a significant amount of guesswork in the diagnosis process?  What if we could see ourselves as an energy system and determine at least, which areas of that system seem stagnant or simply not functioning at full capacity?  We’d be empowered and two steps ahead of the standard process…which as mentioned, can result in many benefits.

So how do we do this? Do we need to take classes on spiritual development or train with some sort of guru? Do we need to go to medical school? NO. All you need to do is slow down, tune in, pay attention and learn to become aware of your body’s rhythms, norms, standards and make note of anything that is not in your definition of 100% healthy and effective.

This process will give your care giver a much more detailed portrait of you to start with. We like to blame doctors for not knowing what’s wrong with us by just glancing at us or running a few tests, but the truth is, we are so complex that giving them a leg up with detailed information on our energy (no matter how subtle) can only yield more effective results.

So let’s get to it! Let’s start with very simple processes of ‘tuning in’ to ourselves.

Simple processes include….

Daily observation and attention.

Logging and charting.

Learning to describe subtle body differences and simple ‘body scanning’.

You should keep a journal of your observations.

Each person’s health goals will help determine what they should be paying attention to and what they should be logging.

The empowered patient isn’t just empowered because they know what’s ailing before the doctors do, they are empowered because they are paying attention to, and keeping a log of all things that are effecting their health, from stress levels, to nutrition, to environmental exposures, to simple every day things like the way we sit in our vehicle or carry our handbag.

The Empowered Patient Series is presented by Dr. Cynthia Seebacher, D.C. and Samantha Hall, psychic medium and women’s empowerment coach.

Please feel free to invite guests.
Snacks and Wine will be provided.
This is the first of the Women, Wine & Wellness on Wednesday series.
R.S.V.P. is appreciated.  Simply text your name and how many people you are bringing to
Dr. Cynthia @ 404-838-8985.

 

Sprain, Strain, Pelvic Pain

Doc! I can’t move.  I can’t get out of bed. I can’t even get in the car!”  When the pain is so bad that it hurts to turn over in bed, or changing positions from sitting to stand, or even laying down to sitting up, it’s time to seek professional help.

Low back pain and pelvic pain tend to go together.  A strain is what happens to the muscles or tendons when they are pulled or stretched to extreme measures.  A sprain is what happens to ligaments when they have been stretched beyond their limit.  Pain happens with both.  The muscles in your hips and low back contract so hard in an attempt to stabilize the hurt area, whether it’s in your lumbar/low back region or your pelvic region and hips.  Your core muscles (pelvic floor muscles, rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus) suddenly go offline and become weak in order to protect you from doing further harm.  The brain and your nervous system find many different ways to do the same job that your core muscles were supposed to be doing.

Now, simple tasks such as turning over in bed or going from sitting to standing become much more difficult. Pain is your body’s way of saying something is wrong.  You don’t have to figure out what is wrong, but your chiropractor, massage therapist or doctor will figure that out for you.

Remember, the type of professional from whom you seek treatment will always suggest the treatment based on their profession.  So, if you go to a medical doctor, you will likely be prescribed pain medicine or a muscle relaxer.  If you go to an orthopedist, you may be told you need surgery.  If you go to the chiropractor, we will suggest adjustments, massage therapy, physiotherapy and therapeutic exercises.

In the case mentioned above, you may be given a Trochanter Belt to wear for a few days.  This special kind of belt is worn below the waist and just at the level of where the femur attaches to the pelvis.    You will wear this for approximately five days, 24/7, except when bathing or bathroom time.  The belt acts as a support so the surrounding muscles don’t have to overwork into spasm.  Depending on the injury, your chiropractor may lessen or extend your time in the belt.

Once your low back or pelvic injury is healed, keep the trochanter belt around for times when you know you’ll be pulling a heavy load or doing a lot of walking. Be sure you re-learn how to activate those muscles that neurologically went off-line and learn how to move with proper bio-mechanics to avoid further injury or relapse.

If you would like a consultation for your back pain, you can text, call or email Dr. Seebacher.  Crawl-ins are welcome too.  Dr. Seebacher has created a FUSION of chiropractic, therapeutic massage and therapeutic exercise to help reduce pain and restore function to your life.

Medicare + Chiropractic Benefits

In a recent post, we discussed chiropractic benefits with health insurance.  Now we will look at chiropractic benefits with Medicare.

In the state of Georgia, the Medicare part B annual deductible is $187.  The co-payment for Medicare is approximately $40.  All that this covers is the spinal manipulation.  It does not cover extremity adjusting or any physio-therapeutics or health history and exam.  Once the Medicare patient has met their deductible (about 4-5 visits), the patient then pays a 20% co-insurance, so their cost is approximately $8.00 per visit.  As with regular insurance, this is limited to approximately 20 visits per year and must be for acute care only.  Maintenance care is not covered by Medicare.

Should the patient need more than 20 visits, or choose to pay for extra services that are not covered, such as massage or ultrasound, the patient can then elect to sign an ABN – Advanced Beneficiary Notice, where they choose to self-pay and still have Medicare billed; or self-pay and choose not to bill Medicare.

The challenge here is that by the time a person reaches age 65, most of their joints have degenerated, whether spinal or extremity (knees, hips, etc).  Rarely is there a new injury, but rather an acute flare-up of an old injury that needs care.  It took 65 years for the body to wear down at this point, rarely will there be lasting results with only 3 – 4 weeks of care.  This is the number one reason chiropractors state they do not accept Medicare because of limitations in care and such low reimbursement rate for the limited length of time we are allowed to treat a person.  Here’s a little secret… the chiropractor does not have the option to not accept Medicare patients.  (Lightning bolts are now soaring through the sky to shoot me down for telling this trade secret!)

When I worked at Wellstar Healthplace as a massage therapist and yoga instructor, I would recommend chiropractic care to the over 65 population. Their biggest complaint was that they could not find a chiropractor who would accept Medicare benefit assignment.  I promised then, before becoming a chiropractor, that I would offer chiropractic care to the Medicare population because I firmly believe that everyone needs chiropractic care.  We have more people over the age of 65 alive now than ever before in history.  Blessedly so, these Baby Boomers are even more active now than they ever have been in history.  It is a joy for me as a chiropractor to be able to help a grandmother be able to sit on the floor with her grandchildren and be able to play without pain or the fear of getting up from the floor.

If you have further questions about insurance and chiropractic, you need to first reference your insurance company about your personal policy.  Each policy is uniquely different.  You have to ask specifically about chiropractic benefits.  Once you understand your benefits, then you can ask your chiropractor how to best work within the guidelines to have your chiropractic needs met.  I wish I could say that 20 visits per year will be enough for that low back strain you have after doing intense yardwork over the weekend, but sometimes, that is not the case.  Your aches and pains did not happen overnight (unless you had a sudden traumatic injury) and neither will the best chiropractic care cure that pain overnight.  Be sure to check in for other blog posts about chiropractic care and healing times.