Chiropractor And Acupuncture: Which One To Choose?

When it comes to choosing between chiropractor and acupuncture, people often get confused. Before you make a choice between these two, you have to know about chiropractor and acupuncture properly. First of all, the chiropractic is a procedure that works directly on your nervous system via the spine. But the acupuncture work ton your nervous system to cause some changes in the organ function and circulation of blood. Besides this, there is also similarity between them. The chiropractor and acupuncture can adjust and manipulate the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Both of these procedures are used for treating the problems throughout your body.

Chiropractor vs. acupuncture

When it comes to choosing between chiropractor and acupuncture, it can be confusing for you. Though both of these treatments are used for relieving the pain, acupuncture is popularly recognized as the pain management technique for the physical rehabilitation.

Chiropractic treatment mainly involves a hands-on approach to the examination, diagnosing and treatment of the patient experiencing pain. Have you ever heard of the term spinal manipulation? It is one of the common forms of therapeutic treatment which helps in restoring back the mobility of the joints. This is done by applying some controlled force. The chiropractors are highly trained people who can help you in having a better health by relieving your from pains.

On the other hand, the acupuncture is considered as an alternative medicine. It involves in stimulating some of the points in your body with the help of metallic needles. These needles are inserted into the skin and then they are manipulated by hands. It is mainly used for regulating the flow of energy in your body.

Which one is better?

The chiropractor and acupuncture serves different purposes. Both are quite helpful in relieving pains and help you in relaxing. But it is the procedure of the treatment that differs.  Both are quite effective. Whereas the acupuncture tends to be a bit more expensive, chiropractic treatment are much more affordable. The average cost of acupuncture may vary from $50 to $150 while the cost of the chiropractic treatment may cost you around $20 to $75. The exact amount depends on different factors.

If you have painful back conditions which are not getting cured due to any medicines, then the problem can be musculoskeletal and this can be treated with the help of North OKC chiropractic treatment. The chiropractors used various hands-on techniques to help the patients with their issues. On the other hand, if you feel that you are low in energy and feeling stressed or exhausted, then it is better to choose the acupuncture. It can help you in a smooth flow of the energy throughout your body.

Conclusion

So, if you are confused between chiropractor and acupuncture, you can choose based on your problems. Moreover you can sit with both the pregnancy chiropractic specialist and acupuncture specialist to talk about your problem. In case, your problem can be solved by them, they will assess your issues further and diagnose them. Once it is done, you can choose whether your will need a chiropractic treatment or acupuncture.

The importance of compassion: lessons from an advocate

She was raised in Bloomington. Her daughter, Stella, has been dubbed the “office mascot.” She refers to Susan Shick, a fellow women’s health nurse practitioner, as her “work wife.” There is no doubt that Indiana University Health – Southern Indiana Physicians Women’s Health at McIntire is Melissa Colman’s home. But what led her there?

Aside from the influence of her older sister, who practices as a midwife in Indianapolis, Colman says her experience working with sexual assault survivors was a factor.

During her time at Indiana University Bloomington, Colman volunteered for a local non-profit called the Middle Way House—an organization that provides services for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking.

“At its core, it is a domestic violence shelter with a crisis line,” Colman explained. “Originally, I was just doing the domestic abuse crisis line while I was in college.”

After a while, Colman took the additional training to become a sexual assault advocate—a role that involved responding to calls specifically related to sexual assault. In that role as an on-call advocate, she dealt with many different types of cases.

“Sometimes it was somebody who experienced an assault years ago and just needed someone to talk to … or often times it was someone who had just recently been assaulted and needed additional support in the hospital,” Colman said.

When asked how this has impacted the work she does today, Colman was quick to explain how working with survivors taught her the importance of compassion.

“There are so many women who have been sexually assaulted … it has made me even more aware of making sure that the patient knows that they are always fully in control of the exams,” she said.

Colman expresses the importance of communication—letting patients know exactly what is going on and telling them that though these exams are important, “they aren’t do or die,” she says. “If you are uncomfortable, we can stop.”

She also attributes her ability to educate and listen well to her years volunteering.

“Sometimes people don’t want us to solve a problem, especially when it comes to their sexual health,” Colman said. “Sometimes they just want to talk about it and hear what is normal and what isn’t.”

What is Colman’s favorite part about her job?

“The education aspect … knowing that when women leave here, they feel fully heard, educated and comfortable with the plan of care,” she said. “There is a lot of apprehension about the OB/GYN world and sexual health in particular. It is nice to help people feel comfortable with everything.”

In her free time, Colman loves to travel with her husband of six years, Gabe, and 1-year-old daughter, Stella. This year, they plan to take Stella on her first trip to the beach.

Caption for photo: “Colman and her daughter, Stella, during a lunch break at work.”

One year post transplant – Nurse joins mission trip to Africa

<p><em><strong>It’s been a year since she received a new kidney from one of her co-workers and now Cathy Woodard said she can’t believe how much energy she has.</strong></em><br></p>
<p><em>By IU Health Senior Journalist T.J. Banes, </em><a href=”mailto:tfender1@iuhealth.org”><em>tfender1@iuhealth.org</em></a></p>
<p>It’s hard to tell who has the biggest smile. One year after Tina Scott donated a kidney to her co-worker Cathy Woodard, the two stand side-by-side wearing matching t-shirts that read: “Kidney Buddies for Life.” To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the gift of life, they share a white cake decorated with a purple kidney.</p>
<p>Their story is somewhat unusual. They worked together in the same Lafayette Hospital but it was a social media post that brought the two together. </p>
<p>Woodard was added to the transplant list in July of 2018 after being diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. She began dialysis in December 2018 – her body was on a fast track toward renal failure. </p>
<p>A month after she was listed for transplant, Woodard turned to social media in hopes of finding a match. Or rather, her cat named “Gracie” turned to social media. The message: “My owner needs a new kidney.”</p>
<p>Woodard explained in the post: “My best option is to find a living kidney donor instead of waiting up to five years for a transplant from a deceased donor. I am O positive. I don’t feel sick. I don’t look sick. I work three, 12-hour shifts a week. I do dialysis at home. I am tired all the time, I have a decreased appetite, and sometimes my blood levels are low. It could be a lot worse.” </p>
<p>Two months passed and she still had no response. She increased her posts and by chance, the request caught the eye of Tina Scott. Not only was Scott a registered organ donor, she was the nurse who helped orient Woodard when she began working at the same hospital. </p>
<p>Once Scott completed testing and learned she was a match, the two became instant “Kidney buddies.” </p>
<p>On Feb. 22, 2019 Woodward was in OR under the care of IU Health Dr. William C. Goggins. Scott was in another OR nearby under the care of Dr. Chandru P. Sundaram. The surgery was a success and four days later Woodard was released to go home. </p>
<p>Since then, the two women continue working at the same hospital – Scott floats on night shift and Woodard has taken a position educating patients in cardiac rehab. </p>
<p>“How has life changed in the past year? I can’t believe how much energy I have. I didn’t realize how tired I was before transplant,” said Woodward, who is married to Ross Woodard. </p>
<p>She has started back up with one of her favorite hobbies running, and she and her “kidney buddy” are training for a half marathon. </p>
<p>Before her illness she joined an annual mission trip to Ghana, West Africa. She sat out last year, but recently left for a two-week trip – her seventh. Pictures show her holding infants and surrounded by children at a primary school. </p>
<p>“In the first few weeks after surgery Tina and I exchanged text messages daily. She returned to work after just six weeks,” said Woodward. “Now we see each other at work and catch up on what we’ve missed. She’s not just a new lifelong friend; she’s family. “</p>

Hand-washing tips from the experts

<p>Dr. Cole Beeler of IU Health’s Infectious Disease team says studies show that many people still aren’t washing their hands thoroughly enough. It’s an important part of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy year-round. Dr. Beeler offers his tips here.<br></p>
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Her career spans more than three decades, training more than 100 new nurses

<p><strong><em>She’s been called “a calming force,” and “an excellent teacher.” Joan Yager has dedicated more than three decades to nursing at IU Health.</em></strong></p>
<p><em>By IU Health Senior Journalist, T.J. Banes, </em><a href=”mailto:tfender1@iuhealth.org”><em>tfender1@iuhealth.org</em></a></p>
<p>There’s a saying around the Medical Progressive Care Unit at IU Health University Hospital, “Do it for Joan.”</p>
<p>Team members not only admire Joan Yager but also strive to emulate her. Her peers recently recognized her for 35 years of service to IU Health. The truth is, Yager started her career at Methodist Hospital but thought the hospital was too big so she left for three months and then returned. </p>
<p>“I went to a smaller hospital and didn’t think I’d be challenged enough so I came back to IU Health,” said Yager, who has spent the majority of her career working at the bedside of patients in the Medical Progressive Care Unit. She’s also served as a preceptor for more than 100 new nurses. </p>
<p>Monica Wilhelm was one of those new nurses. Yager took her under her wing for Wilhelm’s senior year capstone and then on-boarded her at IU Health. </p>
<p>“Everyone says she’s intimidating because she’s so thorough, but really she puts her heart into everything. I wouldn’t be the nurse I am now without her guidance,” said Wilhelm, who now helps acclimate new nurses joining IU Health. </p>
<p>A native of Southern Rush County, Yager grew up on a farm where her family raised hogs and harvested corn and soybean crops. She was the eldest of 10 children born to Francis and Kathleen Yager. The eldest and youngest siblings are separated by 21 years. </p>
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<p>“We grew up doing a lot of gardening, canning, freezing, and grinding your own hamburger,” said Yager, a graduate of the University of Evansville. “My friends used to tease me in college because I ate fast. With ten kids we didn’t fix much and by the time it went around the table you might not get your fill.” Her role in the family hierarchy also meant that she and her younger sister helped with the cooking and cleaning. </p>
<p>“We were just a hardworking family. I admired that in my parents,” said Yager. Later in life her mother also became a nurse. </p>
<p>“She always encouraged me to go into nursing. I think because she wanted to become a nurse one day and she also saw me in that oldest sibling role where I was nurturing,” said Yager. In college she attended the University of Evansville’s study abroad center, Harlaxton College in Lincolnshire, England and worked in an OB unit at a nearby hospital. She spent part of her senior year of college working for the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. on a project involving insulin pumps. Yager started her nursing career working in a 49-bed diabetic unit at Methodist Hospital. When she moved to University Hospital she worked in the medical unit primarily caring for renal patients. She then joined a medical-surgery resource pool working in various areas including OB, psychiatric care, and hematology-oncology. Eventually she saw IU Health separate the progressive care unit into medical progressive care and surgical care. She remained part of the medical progressive care team. </p>
<p>“I love my team and I have worked with some great physicians over the years,” said Yager. In addition to being a preceptor and clinical instructor, Yager is certified in critical care and progressive care, and has been nominated for a Daisy Award, recognizing extraordinary nurses. </p>
<p>Her peers have said, “She’s one of the best preceptors ever,” “If you want to hang with Joan you better wear running shoes. She’s always on the go,” and “When there’s a code, she is calm and cool because she knows it sets the tone.” One co-worker called her a “Nursing Jedi Master.” </p>
<p>Her supervisor Frank Anderson describes Yager as humble. “She doesn’t realize the inspiration she has on everyone – not just nurses but our staff. She leaves a memorable impression on everyone. She’s passionate about what she does and how she does it. She’ll do anything for anyone.” </p>
<p>Yager trains nurses the way she would want to be trained – focusing on critical thinking and organization. </p>
<p>“I try not to overwhelm them,” said Yager. “On the first day they just follow me and then on the second day they learn by doing. I’ll give them one patient and then I quiz them over that patient, asking questions like ‘what are the three biggest problems you’re watching for and accessing?’ Then I will have them show me their organization sheet and help coach them through what we will talk to the doctor about.” She also learns from new hires. </p>
<p>“They’ve taught me things about the most recent research-based practices and I think that’s important because as a nurse you should constantly be learning,” said Yager, who recently became certified in chemotherapy/immunotherapy.</p>
<p>She also encourages other nurses to care for themselves. </p>
<p>“Because our patients are so sick I get to work with so many people in so many departments – speech, physical therapy, radiology, dietary,” said Yager. “Also because our patients are so sick, there can be days that are tough. I tell them ‘you will have codes, you will have patients die, you have to lean on each other and find ways to handle stress.’” </p>
<figure><img src=”{asset:394937:url}” data-image=”394937″></figure><p>When she’s away from the hospital, Yager enjoys photographing her nieces’ and nephews’ sports activities, and traveling. She has driven to Alaska twice, traveled to Canada, Washington, California, and Oregon. She’s in the process of planning a trip to the Grand Canyon. </p>
<p>So what’s next for her nursing career? </p>
<p>“I see myself celebrating 40 years. I love the patients and my team and I want to keep at it.” </p>

IU Health Virtual Clinic offers free Coronavirus screening

IU Health has launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana regardless of age free Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings using the IU Health Virtual Visit app. Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic will screen patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments.

The team will recommend and facilitate appropriate pathways for care, and provide direct access and communication with local hospitals as medically appropriate.

How can you access the hub?

  1. Download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.
  2. Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
  3. Connect with the virtual hub, select “Coronavirus Screen” and find the appropriate pathway for care.

Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.

Showing compassion is the easy part, says RN Heidi Jordan

The team at IU Health White Memorial wanted to thank Heidi Jordon, RN, BSN, oncology for her compassionate care, team work and delivering on our promise to provide the best care, designed for each patient. That thank you was delivered by president and CEO of IU Health Dennis Murphy.

I wanted to thank you for the compassion and purpose you display for every patient who walks through our door. A cancer diagnosis is not an easy pill to swallow yet patients tell us that you are that ray of sunshine that brightens their day. You care, you listen and you become a part of the family.

Your fellow team members love that you invite them to gather and celebrate that final chemo treatment with a certificate of completion and a little celebration for the patient and family members. I understand there are usually plenty of hugs and tears to share.

Thank you for following your purpose, providing compassionate care and involving the team in celebration.

What unfolds is a great message on providing compassionate care every day.