What, if anything are you doing to safeguard your practice…
now that ObamaCare will be the law of the land?
Knowing the answer to this question could mean the difference between practice growth vs. demise even if you don’t own your own practice.
Now that the President is here for the coming 4 years it’s time to begin the process of determining how you’ll be impacted and when.
I confess to know nothing about it as I only see fee for service private patients at this time.
Have you done your due diligence researched how your practice will be impacted?
Better to be prepared than to be reactive once phases of the plan are implemented.
Posted November 16th, 2012 in John's Blog.
Should You Offer Manual Physical Therapy & PRRT?
When most people are told they will need physical therapy they envision a room filled with various apparatus and a therapist instructing and assisting them with a series of exercises that over time will improve and hopefully restore their mobility. All physical therapists will agree that exercise is a necessary part of any physical therapy program, but today more of these same professionals are looking beyond exercises that correct muscle imbalances by including manual physical therapy and primal reflex release therapy to their treatment plans.
In manual physical therapy, a practitioner uses their hands to apply pressure to muscle tissue directly and work joints to decrease muscle spasms, tension and chronic pain due to injuries. The purpose of this approach is to go beyond treating pain and immobility and get to the reasons why a muscle is not functioning properly or why it is causing pain in the first place.
Just as manual physical therapy is a hands-on detective style approach to physical therapy treatment, primal reflex release technique is a hands on approach that first identifies the areas of the body where muscles are in a state of constant engagement and then uses the patients innate reflexes to correct and treat the pain. Results of both these hands on approaches are felt almost immediately when performed properly.
All physical therapists and practitioners have the opportunity to learn both manual physical therapy techniques and primal reflex release techniques, but many don’t spend the time and resources to become highly efficient in these techniques. These techniques are not dependent on labs and tests which means that most insurance companies will not cover the treatments even though they can be highly effective treatments that often treat pain with very few sessions.
Many practitioners believe this means they will get fewer patients, but with all the changes in health care in the last few years, more individuals suffering from pain are going outside the system to find treatments. Additionally most states have laws that allow people to seek physical therapy treatment without a referral from a primary care physician. Your practice could be where those individuals go for fast pain relief. An investment in manual physical therapy and primal reflex release technique will not only improve and expand your practice, but give you a better understanding of the causes of chronic pain.
Posted June 2nd, 2012 in John's Blog.
PRRT Practitioner Training
We’re finding that there are some health care practitioners who may be misleading you by advertising that they have gone through more training then they actually have. It’s easy to use our online practitioner locator and it informs you as to the highest level of training each practitioner has attended. Please visit: prrtpatient.com/locate or email us for more information.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Associated Health Benefits
Omega-3 Fatty acids are commonly taken to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. There are two primary types of Omega-3 acids, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA plays a large role in neurological development and increased levels of DHA have been linked to decreased progression of age related macular degeneration. Increased EPA is associated with moderately decreased high blood pressure, decreased triglyceride levels and increased HDL levels. One study showed that an increased consumption of EPA reduced the risk of major coronary events by 18% over a five year period. Studies also strongly suggest that an increased consumption of Omega-3 fatty acid decreases joint inflammation which can reduce pain often caused by arthritis.
As a dietary supplement, Omega-3 acid is ideal for patients whose joints are inflamed and are unable to maintain a healthy weight. An increased consumption of Omega-3 acids will allow these patients to improve their cardiovascular health and decrease the inflammation on weight bearing joints.
Omega-3 acids are considered dietary supplements by the EPA so they are safe for healthy individuals to include in their diet. Omega-3 acid has only a few minor gastric side effects for healthy individuals.
Large amounts of Omega-3 acids can be found in fish and some nuts. Flaxseed has an especially high amount of Omega-3 acids although there is some concern that flaxseed and it’s oil may not have as much of the desired benefits as fish oil.
Adapted from materials provided by Mayo Clinic.
Posted August 1st, 2008 in John's Blog.
The Greening of America’s Pain
Everywhere we look, people are talking about “greening”. It’s about saving our valuable resources. A couple of our most valuable resources not often spoken of are our time and money. How does this relate to musculo-skeletal pain and reatment? Quite simply, the traditional model of 3 times a week for 3 or more weeks just won’t fit the “greening” model of the future. What will?
One of the most innovative approaches to rapid triage of musculo-skeletal pain is Primal Reflex Release Technique. PRRT offers a rapid assessment and treatment of the seldom, if ever, evaluated central and ripheral influences of facilitated joint protective reflexes. PRRT fits the “greening” model as it’s possibly the only approach whereby it must yield results in a session or two and if not, it should be discontinued and another approach sought. In a world where patients have little time to be off work for a dozen sessions of therapy and even less money for their co-pay, PRRT offers a true “greening” by it’s ability to resolve many musculo-skeletal pain issues in just a couple sessions. What makes it even more appealing is it’s ability to seamlessly blend with whatever approach a practitioners currently uses.
Look for more approaches like PRRT to move to the forefront as we see more of the “greening” effect in the future of health care.
Posted July 31st, 2008 in John's Blog.
Why the contentious nature of comparing techniques
Maybe it’s just human nature but it seems whenever the discussion arises of a technique someone isn’t skilled in or doesn’t believe in, there’s a contentious response. Could this be a territorial protective response? Not sure.
What I do know is that it discourages sharing of ideas and techniques. The bottom line is everything works on someone yet not everyone. It’s a matter of matching the right approach to the patient and then being open to bring in other approaches if needed to achieve the end result.
Posted May 9th, 2008 in John's Blog.
New PRRT Disccussion Boards Launched
The new online discussion board is now open. This board will provide a strong communication tool which will allow practitioners to discuss and improve their use of PRRT. For the first few weeks the General Discussion boards will be available for open discussion on PRRT and Physical Therapy related topics. Private PRRT discussion forums will open up on a later date.
The new PRRT Discussion Board is now available right on The PRRT website. Please register and introduce yourself on the forums! Register Now
If you have any questions or problems with registering, please contact us by email.
Posted May 8th, 2008 in Announcements.
How Do You Explain PRRT™ To Your Patients?
The way I orient them is to reference a doctor using a reflex hammer to elicit a “knee jerk”.
Most people have had this and other deep tendon reflexes tapped at some point in the past.
I them tell them that I’m going to examine and treat them using the same “circuitry” doctors use with their reflex hammer.
The difference is I’ll be using reflexes for testing and treatment vs. the doctor who only uses them for testing.
I’ve yet to have a patient have a problem with my exam and treatment using PRRT™ once they relate my technique to something similiar their doctor uses.
Is PRRT™ Evidence Based?
Primal Reflex Release Technique™ isn’t evidence based just yet because it’s a relatively new technique. PRRT™ has been used with great clinical success for over a decade by more than 1500 practitioners worldwide. PRRT™ blends seamlessly with traditional treatment techniques and modalities. While PRRT™ isn’t every patients’ answer, it has been clinically proven to frequently reduce pain by 50% or more, even on the first visit. Many chronic pain patients notice drastic reductions in pain only after a few short treatments. If PRRT™ hasn’t made changes within just a couple sessions, it’s not likely to be helpful for that patient.
“I’m contunually amazed and inspired by John’s never ending quest for cutting edge knowledge. His PRRT™ will forever change your view of patients and revolutionize your practice.”
Randy Kusonose, P.T., Director of the Jones Institute (StrainCounterStrain), San Diego, CA
Because some practitioners are hesitant to try the technique, we guarantee complete satisfaction. The PRRT™ Home Study Course comes with a 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. If you try the technique and don’t find it appealing, simply return it. Refunds are hassle free and quickly processed. Fewer than 1% of practitioners who invest in the Home Study Course actually return their purchase. Virtually everyone who tries the technique is thrilled with the results they see and so are their patients.
Posted February 22nd, 2008 in PRRT.