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Three Ideas for Adding Retail to a Chiropractic Office

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In any business situation, it is important to grow and progress to keep up with modern demands.  These days, the most successful businesses are the ones who offer unique products and services that can’t be found elsewhere. The same is true for chiropractors.

In order to bring in extra revenue, many chiropractors try to offer other products in addition to their adjustments.  Becoming a source of unique products or services is a simple and effective way to attract new clients in the area and also keep loyal customers interested.  Carrying natural products that will benefit patients will also prove that the chiropractor is dedicated to the pursuit of healthy living.

Plenty of products are available today that can be incorporated in the chiropractor’s office.  Part of a chiropractor’s job is staying on top of the latest health advancements and sharing that information with their patients.  People expect their chiropractor to be committed to wellness and offering some of these excellent products is a great way to go above and beyond for each valued customer.

1.  Topical Analgesics.  Chiropractors are known for promoting non-pharmaceutical pain reducing options, and topical analgesics are an ideal product to offer.  These gels and creams are a  healthy way to reduce chronic pain from home.  Offering cooling or warming properties when applied, these help to reduce swelling and inflammation, while offering the user substantial relief from pain.  A tube of Biofreeze, for example, will last for quite some time, and can alleviate pain at home, at work, in the car, or anywhere else where icing may not be convenient.

2.  Cervical Pillows.  It is quite common for poor sleeping habits to cause neck and back problems. Many pillows and mattresses don’t provide the support that the average person requires, which means that they are putting undue pressure on their spine and neck as they sleep. (1)  Cervical pillows provide a better option than standard pillows and are ergonomically designed to keep the spine and neck as straight as possible.  This will provide a better night’s sleep and reduce tension on the body.

3.  Nutritional Supplements.  The goal of chiropractic is to live a  healthy lifestyle, and vitamins, supplemental cleansing teas, and foods, shakes, and sport drinks all go hand in hand with the basic wellness principles generally adhered to by chiropractors.  Teas like Chiro-Klenz may help to make a chiropractic adjustment more effective by cleansing the body of toxins beforehand.

These three products are a wonderful addition to any Chiropractor’s office.  A chiropractor can help his or her patients learn about new products and ideas that can directly benefit their lives, while bringing in some additional revenue in the process.  At Scriphessco.com there are plenty of quality options that will make adding a retail aspect to a chiropractic office simple.

For more than 40 years, Scrip Hessco has been the leading full-service distributor of supplies and equipment to the chiropractic industry.  Rely on Scrip Hessco to help you serve your patients and grow your business with popular resale items.

(1) – http://coonrapidschiropractic.com/18/back-pain/decrease-neck-back-pain-by-improving-sleep-habits/

Choosing an Chiropractic Adjusting Table

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Choosing an Adjusting Table

By Steve Keller

Choosing the right chiropractic equipment for your office can be very confusing.  What brands do I consider?  What features do I need?  Do certain options make sense?  Should I buy new or used?  The list can be endless.

An adjusting chiropractic table is the most important piece of equipment you will have in your office. It will be the main platform for the treatment of your patients. There are plenty of very good manufacturers of adjusting chiropractic tables on the market. Most make tables that fit a variety of techniques. Lloyd Table Company, Pivotal Health Solutions, Williams Healthcare, Hill Labs and Elite tables are a few of the major brands that currently make adjusting tables in a variety of models.  So how do you choose what you need?

Step 1. Make a list of the features you want on the Chiropractic table.

A lot of this will be determined by the techniques you currently practice and would like to learn in the future. Some features to consider are: 

  • Hylo – this feature takes a patient from a standing position to a flat position.
  • Elevation, which will electrically vary the height of the table in order to perform different techniques on the same table or enable to doctors of different heights to effectively use one table.
  • Drops (manual or automatic) – a section of the table that can be cocked and dropped when a thrust is applied to aid or enhance the adjustment.
  • Flexion/distraction (manual or automatic) for treatment of the low back. This feature allows the pelvic section of the table to flex downward and extend outward to aid or enhance the adjustment and to help stretch out the low back
  • Chest breakaway—the chest piece breaks away in order to help facilitate the treatment of pregnant or obese patients.  

One feature that I always suggest is the elevation feature. First, the cost of this feature is currently diminished because you can take advantage of the Section 44 handicapped access tax credit. This allows for a 50 percent tax credit to be taken off the purchase price of the table that includes this option. In many cases, this makes the final cost of the table less than the same table in a stationary format would cost.  Second, the elevation feature also allows for much flexibility. It allows for one table to be used by a variety of doctors. For example, a 5’ 10” doctor can treat a patient followed by a 6’ 4” doctor treating another patient by simply raising the height of the table to adjust to differing height of the doctor. In addition, you can perform a drop technique at the proper height, normally a lower height, and then increase the height to a higher height to perform a low-force technique or soft-tissue work. Elevation may be added or purchased on a variety of adjusting table models. It can be included on a drop table, a low-force technique table, a flexion/distraction table and so on.

Step 2. Consider different tables depending on your budget, experience, recommendations.

 A lot of this may be determined by your experience and suggestions from others—what tables you are used to using in clinic, the tables your teachers suggest, or the tables your associates like.

A major factor will also be budget. Adjusting tables will vary greatly in price—from a flat stationary table for under $500 to a Lloyd Ultimate table with virtually every possible feature available for more than $20,000.

Work on as many different tables as possible to find the features that best fit you. For example, drops will vary in speed and mechanics; some people will only want manual flexion and others will want the automatic feature.

The main thing to remember is that just because it works best for one doctor does not mean it will work best for you. Try not to purchase a table without working on it. Just because it has a look that you like does not mean it will operate in a manner that suits you. In addition, utilize the knowledge of the people you trust who have purchased and used the tables.  

Step 3. Consider new versus used Chiropractic tables. 

To buy a new or used Chiropractic table is probably the most asked question when shopping for a table. Again, this comes down to budget.  If you are running a successful practice, have the funds or could use the tax write-offs, then new table is definitely the preference. If you are starting up a new practice, used is an option.

The problem when purchasing used table is you don’t ever really know how much time is left for practical use of the table. Tables have many different mechanical features, such as electric motors, hydraulics, mechanical mechanisms like drops. All of these things break and wear out, and they can be very expensive to fix, so many times the old adage “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is” often applies.

The best alternative when purchasing a used table is to purchase a refurbished table from a reputable dealer. A reputable dealer will purchase the used tables, strip them down and then rebuild them to your specifications; replace and update mechanics, electrical and hydraulics; and then paint, re-foam and recover in your desired materials. You will also receive some warranty on these tables. You can usually save 40 to 60 percent on a refurbished table over the purchase of a similar new table.

Choosing a Chiropractic Table Checklist

When choosing a table, follow a few easy guidelines:

  • Make a list of techniques you want to use and features you want on your table.
  • Work on as many different tables as possible and talk to doctors that practice similar techniques to get their opinions on likes and dislikes of tables and what features they deem important.
  • Do not purchase a type of table that you have never worked on or the table that has not been recommended by an associate you trust.
  • When buying a used table, be careful. Remember the old adage: “If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.”
  • A refurbished table is a good alternative and can save you 40 to 60 percent over a similar new table.
  • Buy from a reputable dealer.

  

Chirotrac Cervical Traction Collar by Chiroflow®

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Chirotrac Cervical Traction Collar  

by Chiroflow® 

The ChiroTrac Cervical Traction collar provides gentle, adjustable traction and instant pain relief for certain types of acute or chronic neck pain. Reduce your use of medication and treat the pain with safe, effective therapy. 

Chirotrac Inflatable Neck Traction Collar by Chiroflow

Chirotrac Cervical Traction Collar

• Portable and lightweight traction collar inflates to gently stretch and straighten spine for proper alignment.  

• Engineered for comfortable, effective daily treatment.  

• For professional and home use.  

• Does not require assembly or batteries.  

• Soft touch cover is durable and comfortable.  

• Max inflate is 7.5 inches.  

• Includes storage case  

• Provides gentle, adjustable traction to stretch and relax muscles  

• May provide relief for certain types of acute or chronic neck pain  

• Portable for use in home, office or travel  

• Ideal for pinched nerves, neck pain, tension headaches and straightening of the neck  

• Augments professional treatment  

• Deluxe storage case  

• Full 1-year manufacturer’s warranty covers defects  

ChiroTrac Collars a Great New Product by One of the Most Trusted Names in Chiropractic Chiroflow®

CorFit Advantage Support

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Achieve superior truncal compression with less effort!

The New CorFit Advantage utilizes the PowerWrap lacing system to provide superior compression with less effort. The lacing system creates a mechanical advantage, reducing the amount of force required to properly tension the support. Two independent pulls provide focused compression on the lumbar region, sacral region, or both. The CorFit Advantage allows increased spinal flexion when the top portion of the support is tensioned more than the bottom portion as well as increased spinal extension when these tensions are reversed.

“The lacing system on the CorFit Advantage allows very weak or injured patients to easily tighten or adjust this support without overextension.” – Philip Mattison, CEO, Core Products International, Inc.

Fitting your patient with a Corfit Advantage support

Before placing the support on your patient’s waist, you first want to loosen the support by reattaching the side pulls to the edges of the hook and loop closure on the body of the belt. Then, to ensure the support is placed properly, align the back panel’s bottom edge with the distal sacrum. Once the support is in place, tighten it using the PowerWrap lacing system pulls. The top pull will increase compression to the lumbar region and the bottom pull will increase compression to the sacral region. For a better fit, re-tension the support while the patient is lying on the back with their feet on the floor. This adjustment allows the trunk to decompress without downward pressure from internal organs.

Sizing

All CorFit supports are designed to be proportional in height and width. Taller supports are designed to fit larger patients and shorter supports are designed for petites and children. The proportional sizing helps reduce inventory in clinics while maintaining the versatility needed to fit most patients.

Size Support Height Fits Hips
Small 6” 27” – 35”
Regular 8” 32” – 43”
X-Large 9” 40” – 52”
XX-Large 10” 56” – 58”

Chiropractors Cracking for Patient Comfort

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Chiropractic services at Branch Health Clinic Naval Base Coronado, Branch Health Clinic Naval Base San Diego, and Branch Medical Clinic Miramar have been helping patients with their muscle and joint pain for seven years.

The chiropractic services at the Branch Health Clinics started in 2003, and treat approximately 300 patients per week, generating about 55 to 60 appointments per day at the three health clinics in the San Diego area, with one chiropractor per clinic.

All active duty service members are eligible for chiropractic care. Patients may receive referrals from their primary care doctor for the chiropractor. The chiropractic services fall under the physical therapy department. Patients are primarily seen by the chiropractor for back and neck pain.

“Many muscle and joint imbalances are due to a prior injury resulting in stiffness in joints or muscles,” said Cmdr. Michael D. Rosenthal, Department Head of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Naval Medical Center San Diego. “Our bodies do a very good job of compensating for those things so unless someone really works hard to get back to their pre-injury condition, patients will often times develop muscle or joint imbalance with tightness, weakness and/or stiffness.

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