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I would never let a bone cruncher touch me. I used to work for chiropractors

Posted By: SM on 2006-03-05
In Reply to: Yes! sm - justme

and have seen the damage they can do.  Personally, my choice is going to my wonderful acupuncturist.  She is a chinese physician who performs a combination of acupuncture, magnetic heat, massage, and herbal application.  Folks, acupuncture WORKS wonderfully for the treatment of sciatica and acupuncture has been performed in China for thousands of years successfully, so they must have been doing something right.  One suggestion, make sure you find a GOOD acupuncturist.  Believe me, you will know when you've found a good one.  Good luck!

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Not worth it if you work your fingers to the bone and then never get paid
Good luck
How soft is the touch, is it a muffled sound (microsoft used to make a very soft touch keyboard.
You can't buy it anymore and I hate the clacky ones. I think a really soft one sounds muffled when you hit the key. Thanks
Not all chiropractors are *bone crushers* - geesh -
chiropractors and billing
I used to go to a well known chiropractor and my visits were only 40.00 because I did not have insurance and paid out of pocket. My doctor told me that if after 6 visits to a chiropractor you are not a lot better than don't go, waste of time and money. I had to stop going as I could not afford it. If she is the office person, then I would nicely call her and ask her how many visits he has been to their office for, because you got a bill and want to make sure it is correct, as you are paying out of pocket. Maybe if you don't accuse her of anything, she won't take it so personal. Good luck, you are in a very tough situation. Sometimes chiropractors do help a lot, especially neck, back and sports injuries.
Chiropractors and other alt med docs?
Does anyone know of a good site for this? I usually use WebMD or AMA but chiros and the sort are not listed, and I can't find a good resource for them.
working for chiropractors
I was just wondering if anyone out there is working for c hiropractor.
working for chiropractors
What kind of reports do you transcribe? Where exactly are you located?
working for chiropractors
I know what you mean, I have 2 accounts like that.  I am typing from the notes from the 1 account.  It is working great for us.
Oh, ugh, attorneys (and chiropractors, IME). My sympathy to you! (nm)
Chiropractors? Anybody use them for your aches and pains? SM

My mom swears by hers.  I've never been but I have such problems with my neck and shoulder.  I get neck spasms chronically.  I was in a car wreck years ago where I had whiplash and that coupled with being an MT has not done my neck any good.  From time to time my neck will act up, get stiff and sore and my head feels like it weighs 100 pounds!  I was rear-ended back in June and it aggravated my neck AGAIN and now it's stiff all the time and pops when I stretch it out.

So I'm considering going to a chiropractor for the first time in my life.  I also have TMJ and my dentist has told me that a neck adjustment at a chiropractor's would help that as well.  So what do ya'll think?  I'm kind of nervous about a guy popping my neck and back.  What exactly do they do?

does anyone know if bone cancer is always..sm
metastatic or can cancer originate in the bone? 
Here's a bone for you to chew on...
Just because a vet recommends something doesn't make it "safe" or acceptable... MANY vets recommend pig ears and other crapola like rawhide which is TERRIBLE for dogs. There are plenty of vets who know better on both of these "recommends"

As to where they can be bought, are you KIDDING? Since when have you known giant corporations that make money to CARE about whether or not a product is safe for animals OR humans?

Sure they care - to the point they won't be sued... but an UNeducated consumer is their BEST customer.

And by the way dogs don't "hate" per se... they FEAR. That said, if you think for a New York second your dog *likes* the collar, you are fooling yourself.

If you are SO SURE they aren't abuse, put the darn collar on and shock yourself. IF you still think it's just a fine way to treat an ANIMAL THAT HAS NO CONTROL over whether or not it has to wear a collar that causes *any amount* of pain, just keep on using and ABUSING your dog.

Dont believe her, she has a bone to pick and ....
does the same cut and paste over and over again, it gets rather boring.
It can originate in the bone, as in sarcoma
HEY, Throw this poor dog a bone?

I am a "newbie", been looking for MT opportunity with no luck.  I would gladly take one of the jobs you didn't like, just for the experience......

At this time, I would just like a job doing Mt but beginning to think this was a mistake.....definitely must not be the same as it used to be.....

one time this happened with a chicken bone....

One time I had a fast food chicken sandwich (decades ago) and it felt like a tiny bone was stuck in a manner which you described.  The store gave me a piece of soft white bread which immediately cleared the problem.  Just thought I'd share that, just in a possible future case........

Glad you're feeling better from the event.....


I'd do a neutral sand/bone color because of the blue

From one who worked for MQ nearly 18 years, no matter was MQ bone they throw out, I know with a full
Always has been, always will be.
Glad I'm not the only one.. My kids have had cystic fibrosis, leukemia, mono, and bone cancer.
Osteo refers to bone. Ostial refers to a narrowing of an artery.
How does one get in touch with you?nm

MD in Touch
Anyone familiar with this platform who would care to share pros and cons of it.  Are you able to produce a good line count, is it easy to learn, can you use PC ShortHand Expander with it?  Thanks for your input.
It's the only thing I will touch. :) nm
If other have "dull" touch, do you mean this has a ...sm
soft, easy touch?  Old lexmark keyboards were extremely soft to the touch which I loved.  Just can't find that anymore.  Is that how this one is?
touch screens
Yes, they do exist. I bought an HP Touchsmart (computer/touch screen monitor in one) for the same reason you are interested in touch screens, and my pain then moved from my wrist/hand to my shoulder, so I don't really recommend this myself.

What has helped me is the input device I purchased at about the same time. It is called an AlphaGrip (link below), and what drew me to it is the fact that the mouse is right at the tip of your thumbs while you're typing. It took a little getting used to, but has been well worth it and fairly easy to transition. I now transcribe from my easychair, reclined the entire time.

Check it out!


Proof of how out of touch they are with the average MT

If ever there was proof of how out of touch AAMT is with the everyday life of the average MT, the annual meeting in Honolulu is it.  First of all, the economy is pretty much in the toilet and airfare has gone up, as has everything else.  Well, every has gone up except our wages.  My employer, a hospital, has very little money in the budget to share with everyone in medical records for educational activities.  The hospital sure wouldn't pay the $3000 bucks, or whatever the total cost is, to send any of us to Honolulu.  If I were to pay out of pocket to go, why go to the tropics in September and spend the time in windowless hotel ballrooms, attending educational sessions?

How much farther out of the way for the average MT could the meeting be?  Bangalore or Bombay?

If keyboard is old, a new one might not be as stiff to touch. nm
There are keyboards that have a touch pad incorporated
in them.  I think I've seen them with a tracker ball too.  
Yes-- I have an Adesso with a built-in touch pad
It works very well for me-- you don't have to move your hand that far to use it. It is strange at first, but once you get used to it, you will love it.
My feet don't touch the ground so I
When I sit in my chair, my feet don't even touch the ground, because I need my chair height to be such that I am not looking up at the screen.

I have big platform sandals that I use. They are great. One on each foot. You can move your feet around, but they are nice and high from the ground, like a movable foot stool.

GOODCO could you tell me how to get in touch with GTN and keystrokes. sm
I also am looking for a good company to go with for IC status. Thank you I would really appreciate it. Have a good day.
Not ONE of my 3 kids would touch that stuff.
Gold touch keyboards
I have had mine for about a year now and I will never use any other kind.  The touch on these keyboards are wonderful!  You can't go wrong with a Gold touch.
Yes, good luck getting in touch with
anyone at MQ. I never got my W2 from them. The IRS sent them a notice to respond in 10 days and a possible fine but still nothing.
My Yorkie would not touch Iams
I bought my 5.5 lb yorkie Iams and he would not eat it. At one year old he got hemorhagic gastritis a few weeks ago and almost died so now he eats Purina vet formula for GI problems.
oh you guys are so far out of touch with nature...

you think the whole world is Disneyized. You think the male buck stands over the baby deer and protects it, on his wife's behalf. You think Simba's daddy looks for him when lost. Nature is nasty and completely insensitive to feelings. The law is survival of the fittest. Even daddy seals come in and slaughter babies when they find out a rival fathered them. But go on...dream on your pretty little dreams. I notice the only babies ever really championed for are the cute fuzzy ones...go cuddle a rattlesnake, why doncha!

oh and ps I was not original poster who put this controversy on the board, now was I?


I'm 48. I use to blog, to stay in touch with
others with similar interests, to share pictures, to keep an eye on what my older teens and their friends are doing (yes, they know and comment me all the time). Try it. You might just discover that you might gain an appreciation for something new.
The Best, Soft, Air-touch Keyboard Around
is there a super-light touch
keyboard that is also split and (hope upon hope) with a rise in the middle like the MS ones?
than trying to use laptop keyboard and touch pad.
Kinesis has a good touch.
How to get in touch with social security?
Went by the office this morning, unbelievable, just wanted to set up an appt but too many waiting. I tried to find the web site but had no luck therel. I have heard you can set up an appt that way, just need to know where to look. TIA.
light touch keyboard
I have a logitech DiNovo.l  It is pretty expensive but it is small, flat and makes hardly any noise.  The only draw back is that it comes with a separate number key pad.  The key pad is not connected to the keyboard.  I love this keyboard with my laptap. It is the same size as my laptop and fits flat in my laptop case so I can take it with me anywhere. 
You can buy USB touch pads on E-Bay, usually cheap.
And, speaking of the personal touch,
since I was a legal secretary, I type his business and personal letters and get paid the same line count. There is a chair in the doctor's office where we make the exchange everyday - I pick up the tapes and patient list from that chair and he picks up the transcribed reports from that same chair. We have been doing it this way since the beginning and it works very well. We are just comfortable with each other. And, yes, I count my blessings everyday.
I'm with you, Peg. I hated EMDAT. I will never touch
Demographics weren't filled in and had to look up every doctor name/address, and sorry, but the spellcheck was horrid. Even with the "setup" the company gave me that was supposed to correct it, it was the worst I've ever seen. Please, Rosey, do not make such broad statements and expect everyone to love something merely because you do. A lot depends on how the company maintains their platform. Have you ever worked on any other platforms? EMDAT is one of the most cumbersome programs out there so I doubt you've had much experience with more sophisticated platforms.
We don't touch bodily fluids

Hair dressers go for further education to keep up with the trends.  The trends for us are in the dictation.  It's do or die.  We don't have to wait and see what's new, it's right there every day in each dictation, i.e., new meds, new studies, new information. 

If we require credentialing, then every one in the medical field including receptionists and file clerks in the medical records department should require credentialing since we all handle confidential medical information.

advil doesnt touch mine
I used to get this all the time it drove me crazy.  It felt like a constant burning band.  I was hold my arms up by my neck and shoulder.  Is there anyway you can find something to support your arms while you type?  I bought a chair with arms, and i put a 2 x 4 board across the arms and rest my elbows on that and let my fingers do the work, not my neck.  I also have a split keyboard.  When the pain was severe, like yours, I would get up and put a warm wash cloth and sort of massage it into my neck every couple of hours while stretching, and then apply some icy hot so it really penetrated into it.  As a poster stated, xanax works and anything that relaxes the muscles, Soma, or Flexeril, ativan,  buspar (antianxiety), on top of the massage, heat n stretches.  I also cut out the coffee and sugar because i'm an anxious person and I clench constantly.  That should get you through until you find away to rest the arms while working.  I know with this job, one part of our body will suffer, either arms, wrists or hand joints, even neck and shoulder.  I wish they'd invent something to take the strain off of every muscle for us gals who have to sit here day after day!  Anyways, I feel your pain, hang in there.
Or completely immature and out of touch with reality
Didn't touch my appetite. None of those things do. nm
I need a very soft touch keyboard. Any suggestions?
I bought an expensive (over $200) 3 piece comfort keyboard that you can position the sections anywhere you want.  That feature is nice, but to me the pressure you need on the keys is too muHIS IS A for this particular model.  This is the cause of most of my pain.  Anyone know of a very light touch keyboard?  TIA