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Happy Holidays and Thank You!

Happy Holidays and Thank You!

Hi everyone! I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for a successful 2012! Prana Physical Therapy would not be what it is today without your participation and support. best online personal loan sites A little over a year ago I walked away from a steady job to follow my dream of partnering with motivated individuals to provide personalized, quality care. In one year, I went from an empty schedule to reaching my target goal of patients per week, all while running a 100% cash based practice. This is nothing short of a miracle, and happened largely because of the amazing people that chose me as their provider. My practice has grown to include not only physical therapy, but also wellness services, nutrition and lifestyle consulting, mentoring and business consulting, writing, and presenting at conferences. I am excited and passionate about going to work every day, and I continue to meet amazing people every day through this work. I wish you a healthy, joyful holiday season, and look forward to helping you achieve YOUR dreams in 2013! Be well! Ann

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IF YOU HAD ANY DOUBT…

IF YOU HAD ANY DOUBT...

Since I posted my last article explaining the importance of supporting physical therapists in Maryland around the challenge to their state practice act, there has been a lot of discussion in social media regarding the dry needling issue. Detractors of dry needling seized this opportunity to launch yet another attack on the technique, with the same old arguments. My response on Twitter in particular has been to get across the message that whether or not you accept the evidence behind the use of dry needling, this is about an issue bigger than arguing the research behind one particular technique. THIS IS ABOUT SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES IN OUR OWN PROFESSION AS THEY FIGHT AGAINST THE ABILITY OF OUTSIDE INTERESTS TO DICTATE OUR STATE PRACTICE ACT! Did that come across loud and clear? Make no mistake, the Maryland Acupuncture Society has sent out an alert nationwide to other state chapters encouraging acupuncturists to send letters to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They are encouraging their members to write letters to influence the decision being made. Don’t believe me? You can see it right here: http://bit.ly/QyTJox 200 dollar loans The problem is that they are asking for letters of support based on faulty information and confusion of the issue, as seen from direct excerpts of their letter to the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: “As licensed acupuncturists are already extensively and competently trained and duly licensed to employ the use of this procedure in their daily treatment of patients, MAS holds that there is little to no public need established to justify allowing physical therapists to conduct this invasive procedure with such minimal requirements for competent education, training, and regulatory monitoring as these regulations would allow. For these reason, we strongly suggest that these regulations be withdrawn for consideration until […]

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Immediate Action Needed!

Immediate Action Needed!

Immediate action needed! The Board of Acupuncture in the State of Maryland is demanding unreasonable regulations and educational requirements for physical therapists utilizing trigger point dry needling as part of their practice. Dry needling has been included in the physical therapy practice act in Maryland since 1984. The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners has been patiently working with the Board of Acupuncture to resolve this issue; however, their work is in jeopardy of being undone if feedback from the public is not received by September 28. This is important because we can bet that it will happen in other states if this Board of Acupuncture initiative is successful in Maryland. Let your voice be heard – demand that physical therapists retain the right to use dry needling in their scope of practice! Information via Kineticore’s website about background and what to do: http://bit.ly/OPbCPw  Information from the State of Maryland about what to do, with email addresses, fax numbers and phone numbers to let your voice be heard: http://1.usa.gov/So7TYQ Template of letter to email, fax, or snail mail: HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO Please help in showing support for the Board of Physical Therapy and the right of qualified PTs to perform this technique. We need individuals (both PTs, patients, and even other providers) to submit written comments via email or hard copy letter to the Secretary of Health.   Step 1.  Draft your comment letter.  Please see the below template and suggested talking points.  It is vital that comment letters stress the advantages to public health of physical therapists performing dry needling. In addition comment letters need to emphasize that the proposed training and safeguards by the Board of Physical Therapy are more than adequate to ensure safe practice.   Step 2.  Submit your comment letter.  Send […]

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What PT’s do

What PT's do

Just a funny meme to start off the weekend! We had a great #socialortho chat (if you’re on Twitter, check it out!) the other night about preventing provider burnout, and the subject of documentation came up over and over. I will be doing a post on this soon – but for now, enjoy your weekend! (image via WebPT.com)   financially this naturally drives      

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Power Supply – Delicious Paleo Meals

Power Supply - Delicious Paleo Meals

In keeping with the theme of building community, I wanted to let all of you local DC/MD/VA readers know about a fantastic company right in our area, called Power Supply. for buying cars renovating I was fortunate enough to meet Robert Morton (and business partner Patrick Smith) at AHS12. Through our conversation, I realized they were the geniuses behind the company Power Supply, which provides delicious Paleo meals delivered to over 20 local Crossfit gyms. They describe the company as: “Two guys whose lives were changed by Crossfit/Paleo, a whole bunch of energy for helping others see the same results we did, a total jedi chef and awesome support from the local CrossFit community… that’s the ingredient list for Power Supply.” Their chef, Rachelle Slotnik (a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Dave’s Alma Matter), prepares healthy gluten, grain, legume, seed oil free meals which are delivered twice a week to local Crossfit gyms for pick up during the gym’s business hours. Non Crossfitters can utilize this meal service, too. This is a great idea for folks who don’t like to/want to/have time to cook every day, as well as families who want to have a few quick, easy, healthy meals in the refrigerator for busy week night dinners. I highly encourage you to check out their website to learn more about how this works. With back to school chaos right around the corner, I know that our household will benefit from having prepared, fresh, healthy meals on hand that Dave doesn’t have to cook and I don’t have to clean up!

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