Friday, October 26, 2012

Complimenting Surgeries To Breast Augmentation

Gone are the days of picking out a plastic surgeon, asking for a breast augmentation, picking out a size of implants from the diagrams or examples on a table, returning for surgery day and going home to hope for the best and deal with the results. Patient women these days are reaping the rewards of seeking out a specialist that balances learned techniques with the artistry required to improve the patient's unique breast size, shape and natural height in one surgery or revision. These are the women who seek and receive the breast augmentation they want that improves the look of their chest from every angle, clothed or unclothed.
There are several compliments to the breast augmentation that benefit these patients. Women seeking enlargement don't always start out with perfect chests and simply want them to be larger. Thousands of young women opt for their enhancement in their twenties before having children, before starting their careers or getting married even. It is quite often the period in a woman's life when she first has the procedure performed. But there are a large number of patients each year who opt for this surgery right after having kids and on into middle age to compensate for body changes that have occurred throughout their adult life. Breast-feeding, age and weight fluctuations have deflated the shape, lowered the overall position and elongated the areola area as well. Many women are not only dissatisfied, but also disappointed. But a breast augmentation specialist can apply his or her knowledge of the general internal makeup of the breast and the external aesthetics in order to use incisions and slight removal to create a lift for sagging patients or improve the size and shape of the areola for elongated patients. They can even work with differently sized implants with different fill amounts or differently shaped pre-filled gel implants in order to accommodate asymmetry and facilitate balance when the areolas are slightly different. This also impacts the pocket that the surgeon will create, as one may be placed slightly lower than the other to balance breast height discrepancies as well.
Every little detail in breast augmentation can be tweaked when looking to improve overall appearance, particularly when the patient is looking for more than just to make them large or larger than before. True enhancement is in the details that a skilled breast surgeon can provide. Enhancement is rarely just about size; an excellent surgery experience improves the overall look, regardless of where a patient starts.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Task Management, the Foundation for Teamwork

True Teamwork can only be achieved through transparency, accountability and reliable communication. A good task management system not only provides these things but is mandatory for sustainable teamwork and patient loyalty.
Obstacles to Effective Teamwork
When a practice's staff members are unable to communicate their activities and coordinate together there are risks of tasks falling to the side and remaining incomplete while other tasks may be unnecessarily duplicated, wasting precious staff resources. For example, if front office staff are unsure when vital patient information is missing, critical data can be overlooked and patients can become frustrated by later attempts to gather this information. The opposite problem can also arise. Front office staff can end up making multiple request for patient information which can also create frustration and paint a picture of disorganization and chaos. All members of the team must learn to communicate effectively and have clear understanding of their respective responsibilities or tasks. As a team, they must function together to get tasks accomplished in an efficient and professional manner.
Consider for a moment the average hourly rate a chiropractor can earn at optimum capacity. If a void in the cohesiveness of the team causes the Dr. just a few hours time wasted on unnecessary administrative tasks, that can quickly become several hours per month, or thousands of dollars over the course of a year. Few practices can afford to be throwing money out of the window because of difficulties that could otherwise be easily resolved.
Poll shows teamwork to be number #1 concern among Chiropractic practice owners.
A lack of cohesiveness in a practice plagues many offices. Roughly one-third of participants in a recent survey indicated that it was the biggest problem facing their team. Of the group who indicated this was their problem, the largest single category was managers. Managers, who are responsible for overseeing the rest of the organization, easily recognize the negative effects brought about by a staff lacking teamwork. It is also interesting to note that in this same survey, only 16 percent of participants indicated that task management was the biggest problem in their practice. This clearly indicates many practice managers do not perceive task management to be a necessary component of teamwork. Between all five options, nearly half of all of those who participated in the survey indicated that issues related to teamwork were negatively affecting their practice performance.
Building teamwork within a practice
Once a particular office has come to understand the difficulties that can be caused by a lack of teamwork, it is natural that they look for solutions to help encourage the building of these essential relationships.
When considering teamwork not only should interpersonal relationships between those working in your be examined but we should also examine accountability and transparency. When the work environment becomes transparent, communication flows more naturally between members of your staff. Management can make this possible by adopting both technology and methodologies that are task management centric. By offering recognition for tasks that have been completed and making transparent tasks that are neglected a practice builds task ownership among individual staff members.
The manager should also look for ways to clearly communicate job roles and expectations. "By sharing numbers with employees, not just executives, you can increase employees' sense of ownership. However, being open is not enough. You need to be sure your employees are trained... and have enough insight into their own jobs to know how to affect the numbers (bottom line)." - Torben Rick. It may be a good idea to review job descriptions and interview members of the office to hear their understanding and perspective.
Software solutions that offer integrated task management functions are excellent options which allow managers and others in the office to track what is being done and by whom. For example, when the information that is gathered by a doctor's assistant or nurse is passed along to the staff member at the front desk, this will be documented. Tasks can be tracked making it easy to see exactly what stage they are in, who has them, and how close they are to being completed.
Neglecting teamwork can be devastating to any office. Employees need to successfully work together to build an environment of efficiency and productivity. When there is a void in workflow/ task management there are always consequences to the practice's bottom line, patient satisfaction, the work environment, and more. Making this cohesiveness a priority allows practice staff to take their Chiropractic organization to the next level.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Common Myths About Achieving Great Abs

Having great abs is great, but sometimes people get too caught up with how to achieve great abs and forgetting to just do the work. Here are some common myths about getting a six pack of abs. Don't fall for these myths; they will only distract you from getting the stomach of your dreams.
Myth #1 - There is a quick fix to flat abs
Sorry to tell you; but there is NO quick fix when it comes to getting a six pack. There are no diet pills, abs gimmicks or other weird abs contraptions which will give you flat abs overnight. There's no way which you can spot reduce your tummy. The only solution is to stick to a fat burning diet and to burn off your tummy fat with intense, regular exercise.
Myth #2 - Crunches are the way to go
To burn 1 pound of fat, you need to do 250,000 crunches, according to researchers at the University of Virginia. That's 100 crunches a day for 7 years! What's worse is, that countless crunches and sit-ups can even make your tummy look protrude. This is because the classic sit-up only engages the superficial abdominal muscles, those just under your skin; which can lead to larger (not smaller) abs.
Myth #3 - Flat abs are made in the kitchen
Yes, your diet does play a very important role in getting flat abs, but it's not the only factor. A recent study divided participants into a diet only and an exercise and diet group. At the end of the study, the diet only group lost significantly less abdominal fat than the other group. For best results combine exercise and diet.
Myth #4 - Any exercise is good exercise for belly fat loss
Any exercise is good exercise for your health. When it comes to exercise to get rid of tummy fat, it's more complicated than that. Most people who exercise are not working out effectively enough to stimulate the loss of stubborn abdominal fat.
The right type of exercise to target stubborn belly fat? According to research, intense exercise is the way to go. High intensity exercise routines are very effective at increasing your fat-burning hormones; creating a hormonal environment conducive to burning off abdominal fat.
The recommended waist size for men is less than 40 inches and for women less than 35 inches. A waist size above those recommendation puts a person at risk for heart disease complication and other heath problems. As a result losing weight and getting a six pack of great abs in the process is not a bad way to go. It's sexy and heart healthy. Live well.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Get Your Injuries Checked By a Sports Medicine Doctor

As much as you may want to put off seeing a specialist where you are injured, it is the best way you can ensure that you are going to make a full recovery. Something that most people tend to forget is that no matter how big or small their injury is, it doesn't hurt to have it checked by a sports medicine doctor. Learn to recognize the signs that your injury treatment by a sports medicine doctor.
If you are in pain, don't assume that you can simply push through the pain. That may make your condition much worse. Since most injuries tend to occur when you are exercising or playing sports, you need to know your limits and respect them. If when you are exercising or playing, you start to feel any pain, it is time for you to stop. You don't want to make cause any injury or make any injury much worse by ignoring the pain. Stop playing and exercising when you feel pain. Playing or exercising more only causes more harm. Some injuries should be seen by a doctor right away. Others you can treat yourself. If you happen to get hurt, pay special attention to any injury prone or sensitive areas. If you happen to notice any swelling, numbness or loss of sensation, you need to go and seek out medical attention right away. If you can't bear any weight, have trouble using your appendages or if you experience any instability; you need to see a sports medicine doctor right away.
Don't assume that the first thing your sports medicine doctor will prescribe for treatment is physical therapy or surgery. There are other types of treatments available that they may prescribe instead. It all depends on your condition and injury. Depending on how severe your wound is, you may be given a prescription for some type of NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). This type of education is usually aspirin, naproxen sodium or ibuprofen to help alleviate the pain you may be feeling.
Your specialist doctor may also instruct you not to use the affected joint for a certain period of time. To help give the affected joint sufficient enough rest, you may have to wear a cast, sling or some other type of immobilizer that will allow your injury time to heal without the joint being stressed. If your injury is very severe where you have torn a ligament or tendon, you may need surgery.
A form of treatment that most injuries tend to benefit from is rehabilitation. This is a process where you will do certain stretches and exercises that are designed to help condition the affected area back into health. The exercises and stretches that are performed start off very easy and less demanding and build up progressively over time, until full range of motion can be achieved without any pain or difficulty. No matter what type of injury you have, see a sports medicine doctor so that you can get back to your normal activities without any pain.