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The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How often do you, a massage therapist, get a massage?
At least quarterly
Total Respondents: 280
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At least monthly It worries me that massage practitioners do not swap more often. If bodyworkers have a hard time becoming harmonious community, how can we expect the rest of the world to fall under our hands?! Paula
i would love to get more often, but I find one I like, and she moves out of state! Trading is wonderful, but paying up front I don't get re-scheduled when a "paying" customer calls.
It took me, after doing my first massage course,
nearly two years to find a therapist for myself...but
now I'm treating myself to at least one massage a
month. I feel it is totally necessary for a therapist
to be reminded how it feel to be on the receiving
At least monthly My preference is every 2 weeks, however monthly is the bare minimum!
At least every two weeks Any Therapist who is working needs to follow her own advice to clients and have regular Massage, the benefits are endless. I recommend that all therapists I work with get some type of bodywork at least once a week. It also creates a better working atmosphere. Theresa Victa @ Palm Beach Therapeutic Group
I have made it a priority to receive massage at least weekly. I pay for it since I am asking my clients to do the same and I would feel hypocritical to ask them to make that commitment if I won't. The other issue is that this work is very demanding physically, mentally, and emotionally and I would be remiss to not take as good care of myself as possible. I have simply rearranged my financial priorities and as a consequence I have a very small wardrobe, however, I feel fantastic!
At least weekly How can you expect your clients to come in and get a massage often if you yourself do not practice what you preach? Beside how else do you prevent burnout?
At least quarterly I wish it was more frequently! Self care is important, although dealing with a repetitive use injury in my hands and arms, I think rest may come into play as well.
At least monthly I receive a massage every 3 weeks. I think it is imperative to our profession that we as massage therapists receive massage on a regular basis for our own health! Plus, since we encourage our clients to receive massage as often for them as possible it seems hypocritical to me for us to say one thing and then not follow our own advice. I'd also like to say I pay for my massages and do not trade. I expect my clients to pay my price of 70.00 per hour so I am willing to pay my therapist his rate. Affording massage is more a priority for me than eating out or going to movies. I value massage therapy and my body.
At least every two weeks I schedule massage, or some sort of bodywork every 10-14 days. Whenever possible, I barter or trade with another therapist. When it's not possible, I PAY! I KNOW MASSAGE WORKS!!!!!!!! How can I convince others of the importance of bodywork, if I, myself, cannot find the time to experience it?
At least every other month I wish I could get more than that. When I have time, no one else does. I can't afford to buy a massage, so I rely on my friends in the business to trade with me. It's very frustrating.
At least monthly At Alexandria Myotherapy (Alexandria, Virginia) there are seven of us sharing a practice and we have a system of exchanging 'hearts' for massage. We all began with 6 'hearts'. I 'heart' equals 1/2 hr. of massage from the therapist of your choice. Since between us we offer Swedish, NMT, Ortho-Bionomy, Connective Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Thai massage and Reiki, we can match our needs or mood with the type and length of work we wish to receive. This not only keeps us healthy, but over time we all learn new techniques from one another. Other groups may want to try this form of exchange. It's wonderful!
More often than once per week To do this work, one must receive this work. I trade with a colleague weekly and buy one at different spas every two weeks to see/feel what others are doing.
For the most part, the work I receive in spas is mediocrity at its best. I do not express this to the giver because I feel confident that most are doing the best they can under the conditions they are forced to work under. I have complained to spa management if the work is not delivered as promised. Full body is full body not the body less the belly, glutes or other parts left off for lack of time or for fear of doing full body work.
At least weekly If i don't get a weekly massage, I can not be at my best to offer my clients the best possible service that I am capable of.
We need to be impeccable with our words... to our clients, familly and friends. If our clients need to see us at least once every other week, then we should follow our own advice and seek the same services.
At least monthly How can you believe and promote the benefits of massage if we don't use this wonderful service for our own body. We really owe this to ourselves. We encourage our clients to find time for massage Just practice what we preach. Lets begin to annihilate pain and stress one session at a time.
At least weekly I manage a seated massage store located in a mall. I exchange with my co-workers as often as possible. It's one of the benefits of my job and great for employee morale as well!
At least monthly Weekly would be ideal, but finding someone to trade with has been a huge problem.
At least monthly I would like to get one at least weekly but it ends up
being at least monthly
More often than once per week I am a massage therapist and need the same comfort that my clients receive, but I am still trying to find a Massage Therapist like myself.....
At least weekly i don't think that as massage therapist we can tell our client's to get massages and how good it is for them unless we make a point to do it ourselves. personally, my body can't take the beating it does in our line of work if i don't get a massage. trade out or pay out, but do it.
At least every other month At our day spa, we regularly trade out services with each other. This is great way to compare each other's techniques, as well as relax!!
At least quarterly
I know I should get a massage more often:)