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Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Chiropractic, Health Care Industry and Business Stuff |

by Jeanne Kennedy Crosby, D.C.

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is happening now through the end of January. Now that I have had the opportunity to work first-hand with many of the companies who are offering health plans, I want to give a few pointers for choosing your next plan and/or company. Please remember I only bill insurance in some cases for chiropractic services. Nutrition Response Testing is not billed to insurance.

Providence Health Plans – I am a contracted preferred provider with Providence. I bill personal and group health plans that include chiropractic coverage. This does not apply to Oregon Health Plans managed by Providence, or Medicare Advantage plans managed by Providence. I no longer bill these plans, they are outside of my contract.

No health insurance plan pays very much for my services compared to the actual charges. You see this reflected in your statements from the treatments here if we bill your insurance. Providence generally pays me the best, they are among the most affordable plans (my family uses them) and they’re easy to work with, comparatively. It’s easy to speak to someone there for help on the phone. They don’t require pre-authorization for care. They are really nice and go out of their way to help.

Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield – I am and will continue to be contracted with Regence for at least the first part of next year (2017.) I am considering leaving this network, even though a lot of you have this insurance. These plans unfortunately do not pay enough for me to continue to add new patients with this coverage to my already very full schedule. They are also really restrictive about speaking to anyone for help when we have questions (they want you to use their website for everything,) and they sometimes require pre-authorization for care. It’s a lot for us/me to manage for their payment rates, which is why I’m re-evaluating my contract with them.

Out of Network Benefits – If you have Moda, Aetna, or United Health Care, generally through your employment, you may have benefits that pay for out of network practitioners. This will cover a small part of your charges, but no discount is applied, like there would be if I was in network. Your portion of the bill that you are responsible for is due at the time of service. FYI, I have repeatedly approached Moda requesting a contract to be in network, and they will not offer me one.

Kaiser – I have repeatedly approached Kaiser requesting a contract to be in network, and they will not offer me one. They do not offer out of network benefits for chiropractic care.

Please remember that many or perhaps all plans (not sure) offer an option to use a Health Savings Account. These are typically Bronze plans. I have one. I use a US Bank affiliated HAS plan, Optum. These are interest-bearing accounts. When I receive any health services not covered by my very basic, no-chiropractic-no-alternative healthcare, only catastrophic-oriented medical coverage, I use the HSA. If you’re buying a personal plan, this is a good way to have a lot of flexibility in whom you see as providers, and the money you run through that account (that’s what I do mostly, I don’t keep money in there very long,) is not taxed as income on your annual federal taxes. The restrictions change yearly for what you can use this for, no supplements, massage must be medical (coded, charted, to address specific medical diagnoses.) Medical massage is billed at $174.00 per hour, so if you are using a health savings account, or a flexible spending account for massage, it must be paid at this rate.

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Fifteen Years

Fifteen Years

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Chiropractic, I Love My Friends, Portland Oregon Lifestyle |

by Jeanne Kennedy Crosby D.C.

I graduated from chiropractic school in June 2001, after spending six years as a full-time student in rigorous academic testing and training. It was, and still remains one of the happiest days of my life. I am grateful every day for my education, but I am so glad to be done with school. It was very challenging at times.

I made friends both before and after graduation with colleagues who inspire and support me on a regular basis, and they look out for me too, as I do for them. These are great times for innovators. We get information together as a group mind when we share what we know.

I have been seeing patients now for 15 years. I have some very long-time people, some who started seeing me back when I worked out of my home on SE Belmont Street for 2 years. Then I moved to the little office building 2 blocks away for 7 years. I have been most of these 15 years within the same square mile of SE Portland.

It feels really good to go to work and see you all. I am always impressed with your efforts, your progress and your compassion towards me. You all teach me things every day. Thanks so much for seeing my heart and letting me learn how to make all of us flourish and shine in this exchange. I am aware now that it’s not the easiest business in the world, but truthfully I never set out intending to be a great business person. This is work worth doing well and seeing what transpires. Great chiropractors are remembered, people are always telling me about the chiropractors that made an impression on them in their life.

Jim MacKimmie is one example, he wrote this inspiring book,  I keep it in my reception area for people to read little bits while they wait for me. Many of my patients wind up purchasing the book. I love how Dr. MacKimmie left such a strong legacy for chiropractic and energetic healing, this inspires me to do my best every day.

As I go into my next 15 years of practicing my work, I invite you to join me in renewing your commitment to health, the health of your families and communities, the livability of your home, both the personal and the planetary, and your purpose in life. Keep your hearts open and be in the moment.

Photo 2008 by DeLeon

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We All Feel Crazy Sometimes: The Involuntary Part of your Nervous System

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Chiropractic, Muscle Testing, Natural Healing, Nutrition and Healing, Portland Oregon Lifestyle |

by Jeanne Kennedy Crosby, D.C.

The autonomic nervous system is the part of your nervous system that doesn’t involve your control. It’s the involuntary, subconscious part of your wiring that runs all of your vital functions, breathing, digestion, sleeping, heart rate, body temperature, etc.

The two parts of the autonomic nervous system are the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. In general, they should compliment each other fluidly in a healthy body that isn’t under constant stress.

Sympathetic characteristics: heightened awareness, wakefulness, preparation for action, ‘fight or flight’ response.

Parasympathetic characteristics: resting, sleeping, digestion, healing.

Do you feel like your body is in constant reaction to stress? Do you have anxiety? Insomnia? Your sympathetic nervous system is in dominance. What can happen when you are in this state for prolonged periods is you burn out, you have exhaustion, and you feel tired. A simplified analysis of this is:

Sympathetic dominance – “wired” as in amped up, wound up, anxious and nervous. This is not necessarily a bad thing in our society and we tend to reward it. Who can work the hardest and longest, process the most information at once, and need the least amount of sleep? People in sympathetic dominance are often successful for a period in their lives if their anxiety isn’t too crippling. However, these people usually burn out early. They may have poor digestion and they also may be irritable. They become depressed in such a way that they have insomnia or poor sleep quality. They may tend to seek out substances that sedate them to a degree, alcohol, or pharmacological sedatives (xanax, valium, klonipin, opioids, etc.). People who have PTSD with trauma in their history often exhibit sympathetic dominance. When someone is in this excessive sympathetic state for a prolonged time, the result feels like ‘tired,’ but ‘end-stage wired’ is more accurate.

Parasympathetic dominance – “tired.” Can’t get moving. Needs 10-12 hours of sleep. Depression with oversleeping. These people may tend to seek out stimulants, coffee and amphetamine-type drugs.

I see way more sympathetic-dominant people in my office. You can often as a practitioner see this right away when you meet someone, and the patient confirms it with their history. Often a person with sympathetic dominance will have a goiter, or fullness over the thyroid, and they will muscle test for excessive energy around the hypothalamus, the pituitary, the pineal gland, and other parts of the brain. These patients can be tough cases because the body can’t direct energy to heal in sympathetic nervous system dominance. We have several techniques and therapies to help balance these two parts of your autonomic nervous system by increasing parasympathetic nervous system tone, or function. Muscle testing has afforded us this rapid insight – we have not only the history and the exam findings, but also the muscle testing, which gives instant feedback. We also can identify environmental and energetic stress factors, which are often involved. I have recently learned or reviewed several autonomic balancing chiropractic techniques, and in general, chiropractic is a great autonomic nervous system tonifier, as the actual autonomic nerves are right along the spine and the regulating glands (hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands) are in the cranium. Treating and restoring good function to the spine, the cranium, and the TMJ is essential. We have some wonderful homeopathic, herbal and nutritional  remedies for anxiety and stress handling, they don’t just treat your symptoms, they have a lasting deep healing effect.

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*cough cough cough*

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Chiropractic, Detoxification, Muscle Testing, Natural Healing, Nutrition and Healing, Nutrition Response Testing, Portland Oregon Lifestyle |

by Jeanne Kennedy Crosby, D.C.

So you had a cold. Maybe the flu, bronchitis or even pneumonia. You’re pretty much all better, but you still cough. What does it mean when a cough persists, even after you feel otherwise normal?

  • You may have some residual mucus in your lungs that you are trying to expectorate (cough up.) Massage around the ribs and chest muscles can help facilitate this.
  • You may have a misalignment or muscle strain around your ribs and diaphragm from all the coughing and now your lungs are irritated; you need a chiropractic treatment.
  • You may need some nutritional support for your heart after recovering from an infection. This is common. Cardio-Plus by standard Process is a good choice for heart support, and it’s fine for kids, too.
  • You may need some nutritional support for you large intestine. Lungs and large intestine are the same element in Chinese medicine, metal. The last time I was sick I had a persistent cough; I took Cholenest, a German homeopathic remedy from Nestmann (we use it here a lot, it’s great for many different things) and my cough disappeared immediately, it was remarkable.
  • You may have a lingering immune challenge and need additional immune support, like Congaplex, Antronex, Cyruta Plus, or Immuplex. These are safe and effective natural products that give your natural immunity extra support to resolve symptoms like coughing.

Please let me know if you have been sick and you haven’t stopped coughing. I can choose a remedy for you at your appointment.

Another reason for a chronic cough: exposure to chemicals. When you work or live around sources of chemical pollution, your lungs can be overloaded with detoxifying process. This can require focus on the other main detoxification organs (liver, kidneys, skin, lymphatic system) in addition to lungs. It’s more of a commitment compared to recovering from a cough caused by acute infection, but it’s time and effort well spent to improve overall health.

  • Hair stylists, painters, construction and demolition teams, janitors, medical personnel are all exposed occupationally to chemicals that can cause hypersensitivity and symptoms such as coughing.
  • People who work in shopping malls with chemically treated clothes and new items that are off-gassing formaldehyde can develop respiratory symptoms and sometimes other symptoms like migraines and skin conditions.

Applied Kinesiology and Nutrition Response Testing offer so many ways to support your body’s natural healing capacities. We have many options here at Better Forever to relieve symptoms such as coughing associated with immune challenges and environmental stress.

 

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Whiplash: Pain After a Crash

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Chiropractic |

Whiplash is the name given to pain in the neck and back after a motor vehicle crash. Sometimes this is the most significant injury a person has after a crash that seemed minor, but it can be very disruptive, and symptoms can be ongoing, and even in some cases permanent if proper treatment is not administered.

It is not uncommon for pain and other symptoms to not develop for 24-48 hours after a crash. There is a significant ‘fight or flight’ response after a stressful event that keeps you out of pain while you would ‘escape’ in a natural setting. Be aware of this and seek evaluation and treatment as soon as possible. It is crucial to be evaluated with attention to soft tissue strain, as this is a significant component in most cases of whiplash.

In a strain/sprain shearing injury like a car crash, your muscles and ligaments around your neck and back get overstretched with the force of impact, and then these strained or overstretched muscles are weak. Muscles that have not been injured are prone to spasm as they compensate for the injured weak muscles. Applied kinesiology chiropractors are extensively trained to identify the weak, injured muscles accurately so they can be treated, and this allows the muscle spasm to relax, making the chiropractic adjustment easier and longer lasting. Dr. Jeanne Kennedy Crosby has had training in treating patients with whiplash effectively and efficiently.

Common symptoms after a motor vehicle accident:

  • Neck pain – this is the most common.
  • Low back pain
  • Hip or knee pain – sometimes the leg is jammed on impact into the console or the dashboard.
  • Headache
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vertigo, dizziness
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue, memory loss
  • Anxiety

Oregon drivers who are involved in motor vehicle crashes are entitled to complete care for whiplash, including chiropractic adjusting, massage therapy and physical therapy. These are all available at Better Forever. The personal injury protection part of your automobile insurance covers the costs of treatment. Every effort will be made to accommodate your scheduling needs so you can start feeling relief fast. Please call (503) 239-5575 to schedule a visit, or to schedule your own appointment on this website, choose the Chiropractic New Patient option.

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