Modern Day Ailments: Part 2

Repetitive Stress Syndrome

Repetitive Stress Syndrome (RSI):   Popularly called “Blackberry Thumb”, or “teen texting tendonitis,” this Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) occurs because these devices rely almost solely on the use of your thumbs for typing. Any device that relies on the thumbs for typing can cause this type of injury because the thumbs simply weren’t designed for such use. Additionally, there are also other stress injuries reported: wrist, forearm, shoulder, upper back and neck, as a result of constant texting.   The medical term for overuse of the thumbs when using electronic devices is: de Quervain’s tendonitis. Symptoms of de Quervain’s include:..


What Type of Dental Assistant Will You Be?

a dental assistant

Here are some things you should consider when you are thinking about becoming a dental assistant. A great dental assistant is:   Friendly. Visiting the dentist is probably not your patients' first choice of what to do when it comes to ways to spend their time. That's why dentists need a staff that makes their visit as pleasant as possible!   Respectful of patients, their time, and their feelings about visiting the dentist. Is your patient afraid of the drill (or of anything else in the exam room)? A good assistant will do all they can to make a patient's..


Modern Day Ailments: Part 1

Modern Day Ailments Massage therapy

The evolution of Text Neck and ways that Massage Therapy can help:   The widespread use of an increasing variety of technology: touch screen pads/tablets, laptops, smartphones—has detonated a cache of related conditions, from tight necks and sore backs to painful thumbs and increased stress. Anyone who has spent much time on a computer, cellphone, tablet or other advanced electronic device has surely experienced the discomfort of poor body mechanics and repetitive straining. These problems are not limited to the neck, as more and more people seek relief from shoulder, arms, wrists, hands, low-back and hip pain. Massage therapy can..


Preparing Your Patients for an MRI

Preparing Your Patients for an MRI

As Medical Assistants, one of our duties is preparing our patient for radiological procedures. One procedure in particular can be very trying for a patient: the MRI. Although this is a minimally invasive procedure many patients find it extremely uncomfortable.   Because patients are placed in a narrow tube for this test to be performed, many patients who suffer from claustrophobia, a very common fear of enclosed spaces, have a very difficult time with this test.  Medical Assistants need to inform patients before their appointments that they will be confined in the tube for approximately 60 minutes and that they..


Why You Should Think About Becoming A Dental Assistant?

Becoming A Dental Assistant

When people think about healthcare, most often they think about a doctor or a dentist. The next thing that comes to mind are the number of long years in college, then graduate school, possibly an residency, giving up sleep and a social life. Finally, at the end of all that schooling, an exhausted human being opens their own practice and welcomes patients. The people who do go through all of that to become a doctor or dentist need support personnel. Doctors need nurses and receptionists. Dentists need hygienists and dental assistants.   Learning to be a dental assistant involves classroom..


Massage Therapy Certification: Why It’s Important

Massage Therapy Certification Student

Massage therapy is a practice of holistic and physical health, and as an industry has come to realize the importance of being certified, licensed and accredited. Perhaps the most important of these is the certification process.   It only seems logical that the paying client or patient has a right to know that their massage therapist has the qualifications needed to practice safely and effectively. This certification also ensures the general safety, health and well-being of the client and promotes a certain level of professional standard.   Massage therapy certification nationally is a relatively new regulation process for the professional..


Do I have what it takes to be a Dental assistant?

A Dental Assistant

Dental assisting is a growing field open to both men and women. It is a good choice for someone who likes to help people, is a team player, and a multi-tasker. This ever-expanding career may not be for you if prefer to sit all day as opposed to moving around all day.   As a dental assistant, you will assist dentists in several ways. First, you prepare the patient for the dentist by gathering information, filling out the patient chart, etc. Second, and most importantly to some, you help to calm the anxious patient who is nervous or down right..


What Is A Vaccine Anyway?

What is a Vaccine

In a few months, the flu season will be upon us. And for those of you who opt to get the flu vaccine, ever wonder where the vaccine comes from?   According the Center for Disease Control, there are three types of vaccine manufacturing processes. Don’t be too alarmed, they sound worse than they really are and remember you cannot get the flu from the vaccine. More on this later.   The first type of vaccine is derived from an egg based process. The vaccine virus is grown in eggs and then injected into fertilized hen’s eggs. The virus is..


Chair Massage in the Workplace

Chair Massage in the Workplace

Many of the benefits of chair massage are similar to the benefits of getting a full body massage at a spa, but in the comfort and convenience of a workplace. Onsite massage eliminates the need to travel to a massage clinic or spa, and is a fraction of the cost. Plus chair massage makes massage therapy accessible to those within an organization who are uncomfortable getting undressed and would otherwise never experience massage without it.   Chair massage is typically performed in 15-20 minutes time frames where the recipient is fully clothed and the Massage Therapist is utilizing techniques such..


On The Road To Success in Dental Assisting

Success in Dental Assisting

What makes an effective dental assistant? Have you ever wondered why some excel at their work and others bounce from practice to practice and feel unfulfilled? What’s the difference between what I call a “$5 dental assistant,” and someone who is valued in the practice? ” What do the 3 habits look like when applied to dental assisting?   Be Proactive: As Dental Assistants, we work as part of a team, but we work for someone else. It is very easy to fall into the trap of feeling as if we have no control over our work and, in turn,..


When Do Drug Clinical Trials Cross The Line Of Ethical Behavior?

Do Drug Clinical Trials

Clinical trials for new medications is a valuable tool to test the effects on humans. The most important thing in this matter is whether or not it is harmful to humans. That being said, this comes at a cost. Do these trials cause more harm than is needed? Are they being properly supervised? Is the proper medical care available if something goes wrong?   Clinical trials are simply the act of giving someone a drug and seeing what the effects are. Does it do what it is intended for? What are the negative effects? People are recruited and stay for..


Can You Personally Change A Patient’s Experience At The Doctor’s Office?

Patient’s Experience At The Doctor’s Office?

I recently went to a doctor’s office and had a rather lack luster experience when checking in. When I approached the front desk there was another patient checking in so I stood back, waiting to be called. Shortly I saw a hand come out of the window and a flat voice say “Over here.”   I walked up to the window and said “Hi” and was greeted with “Patient’s name?”   I gave the name and once again the hand came out of the window for the ID cards in mine. Cards taken and a clipboard emerged with attached paper..


What Exactly Is a Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu comes from the Japanese word shi meaning finger and atsu meaning pressure. It is characterized by the systematic application of pressure with the fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, forearms, knees and feet on specific points (tsubos), and areas (meridians) on the body.   Unlike acupressure, Shiatsu uses not only the main acupuncture points located on a meridian, but also the spaces in between those points. It does not use typical massage mediums such as oils or creams, and as such can be done through clothing. Shiatsu is traditionally practiced on the floor on a thin futon.   The sustained application..


Find a Dental Assistant Job

Dental Assistant Job

A Dental Assistant enjoys a career that is not only interesting but fulfilling because of the hands-on work and interaction with patients. Dental Assistants are often called the backbone of dental offices, with duties such as assisting dentists during procedures, helping patients before, during and after their dental work, performing basic office duties and teaching patients about maintaining oral health.   Another plus in the dental assistant field is that the profession is stable and strong with expected growth over the next several years offering competitive salaries. For those interested in a dental assistant career, preparation with training and the..


How Big of A Deal Can A Will And An Estate Really Be?

paralegal studies program

Northwest Career College’s Paralegal Studies Program offers legal courses in specialized areas of law, to include a Wills, Trusts & Estates course; whereby, we discuss various aspects of Probate Law, specifically drafting and reviewing such documents as trusts, wills, and power of attorneys, just to name a few. Students research probate laws and procedure within the Nevada Revised Statutes, as well as the Uniform Probate Code (UPC).   We discuss actual matters in this area of law, in that, students present weekly current events and draft case summaries on such matters as the recently-publicized Busch Estate matter.   Here is..

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