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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
News in Brief
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Poll Results for the following Question:
What made you decide to become a massage therapist?
Personal experience being massaged
Total Respondents: 53
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors
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Belief in natural health/wellness Raised in a family of M.D.'s. my father, three uncles, two cousins, and a brother practicing as liason, for California's emergency medical systems.
These relationships have allowed me a balanced perspective, combining clinical and holistic methodology.
Belief in natural health/wellness I think you'd get more informative survey answers if this poll were "multiple answer" rather than "choose one."
Donald "Paldon" Schiff, BS, BUS
NM LMT #8, NM RMTI #I-112
*not* NCTMB, and never will be if I can help it.
Wanted to help people The reasons I chose massage therapy were actualy
twofold, and I would hazard to guess that many other
therapists might have similar reasons. First is the
inate skill to be found within my hands and often
experienced and commented upon by family and friends.
Second, and I think more important, is an inherent
need to help others, knowing that first I needed to
help myself. I really believe that many massage
therapists come from a "place" that needs healing, be
it physical, spiritual, or emotional. Whether we are
consciously aware of this need or not, there is a
sense that others also have a need to move forward
with their own healing process, and this is where we
can help as massage therapists.
As the co-moderator of the Body_Work list group, I
have come into contact with many other MT's who shared
this same sense of who we are. Sometimes these feelings
are stated on the list, but more often they are shared
in the personal meetings Caro (list owner)and I have
been fortunate enough to experience as a result of our
I guess what I'm trying to say is that becoming a
massage therapist isn't simply a matter of a, b, c,
or d. It is an opportunity for healing and growth, for
myself and those with whom I have contact.
Wanted to help people After burning out in my corporate communications job I was looking for a career that would feel more meaningful to me. After rejecting chiropractics because I didn't want to have to go back to school for so many years, I fell upon massage therapy as an option. At first I studied it because the very excellent two year program in which I took part would offer me a quicker way into the world of health and wellness without having to commit myself to many years of education (for medicine, chiropractics or naturopathy). In other words, I saw it as a quicker means to an education in the medical field. I figured that after I graduated, I could easily expand on my medical knowledge because of the good foundation created through my massage studies. However, as I began to study and then enter the profession I quickly discovered how well suited we were for each other. I love my work and I love what I am able to do for others with my hands! I also love the education that gave me such a wonderful comprehension of the body and how it works.
Wanted to help people About 7 years ago Was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
and chronic fatigue set off by a major back injury.
I searched everywhere to find someone to help me out
of pain. pretty much heard disability and you will
never work again.. My life is now devoted to finding
therapies that work and appling them to my workto make
people feel and get better. that makes me feel better.
But first of all I keep GOD 1st and #1 in my life and my work.. Thats why I do what I do..Thank you
The chiropractor I worked for MADE me go to massage therapy school. Just one more order I had to follow. It was the very best thing that ever happened to me in my entire life. Becoming a massage therapist has fulfilled all of my lifes dreams in just 16 short years. Sometimes being told what to is not so bad after all.