Understanding How Insurance Works: Active Care vs. Maintenance/Wellness Care

Trying to understand how your health insurance works can be like learning a foreign language! This post aims to help you understand how your insurance treats services like Chiropractic and Acupuncture. If you have health insurance, and your benefits include Chiropractic and Acupuncture (which almost all insurers now do!), you may hear terms like "medically necessary", "active care" or "maintenance care". So let's start by defining these terms: Medically Necessary - According to Medicare.gov, “medically necessary” is defined as “health-care services or supplies needed to prevent, diagnose, or treat an illness, injury, condition, disease, or its symptoms, and that meet accepted standards of m

The Answer Is In Your Blood!

Ever find yourself asking questions like: - Why do I feel more tired? - Why does my body feel this way? - Has something changed with my hormones? - Why am I not feeling as good as I used to? - Is there something not right with my digestive system? - Why is my thinking not as clear as it used to be? - Why are my lab results "normal", but I still don't feel good? Well the answer to these WHY questions, and the story of HOW to predict and prevent future health problems, may be found in your blood! Most labs provide you with results that have a very wide range for their reference range for normal with their tests, but they do not give a true sense of what is OPTIMAL for how your individual body

What's all the hype about Curcumin?

Fish Oils, Coconut Oil, Vitamin D...it seems every now and again there is a new health fad with certain supplements and nutrients touted as the next great cure-all. And it can be very hard to discern what has good science backing it up, and what doesn't. The new craze seems to be Curcumin, which is the active ingredient found in the spice turmeric (often used in curry), and it's being billed as a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer supplement. Curcumin has long been used in Eastern medicine for a wide variety of health benefits, but what does current research say? I'm happy to report that preliminary research supports the "craze" (1)! Curcumin has been shown in lab st

Aches, Pains and Strains...Oh My!

Welcome to our first Blog post! Summer is in full swing, and we Minnesotans are taking advantage of every nice day...and sometimes suffering the consequences of being so active. This posting is dedicated to common injuries runners suffer as they train for the many events that take place in the summer and fall. (Psst...you don't have to be an athlete to suffer from these conditions.) So read on to learn more about Plantar Fasciitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Achilles Tendinitis, and Shin Splints. 1. Plantar Fasciitis The plantar fascia is the fibrous connective tissue that runs from the heel to the toes of the foot and supports the arch. When injured, often through repetitive use, the fa

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