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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
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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:)