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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.
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.
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.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Poll Results for the following Question:
Which aspect of your massage career do you find most enjoyable?
Helping others as a health care professional
Total Respondents: 759
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Work environment (incense, music, overall atmosphere) I read that a massage therapist is in the top ten best jobs to have.!!!!
Helping others as a health care professional I find great satisfaction in being able to help people feel better. However I highly resent the small minds of the people in the South. Except in Florida, the people in the South think massage therapy is sex or pampering. When they call for massage work they expect to find a female. When they find the therapist is a male they just hang up. If by some fluke they come to the studio before finding out the gender of the therapist they make some lame excuse and leave. To overcome this it will take more than just one person trying to educate the masses. I am trying to do this one person at a time.
Helping others as a health care professional As a licensed therapist and instructor of massage I must say that I not only enjoy helping my clients relieve chronic pain, but I love seeing my students get excited about learning to do the same. If those people who are looking to make our profession into something perverse would just get a life and stay away from using massage as a front for their nastiness, I think more people would benefit therapeutically. GNL
Personal interaction with clients I learn as much, if not more, from my interactions with clients. Sometimes I feel as though I should be paying them.
Helping others as a health care professional Helping others and personal interaction they are both the most important part of why I enjoy MT
Helping others as a health care professional So let me guess. The last option, which of course will get the least amount of votes (what a ridiculous option to offer as a reason to work in this field) is another stab at the AMTA? Can't you guys just stop?
Helping others as a health care professional Regarding helping people, there's nothing more rewarding for me than to make someone feel better. Many people are suffering from stress, also emotional and physical pain. Helping to remove that for even an hour is extremely rewarding to me and also amazing. I have chronic health conditions to contend with and it makes me happy that I can still be useful to help those others. I think this work also improves my own condition, as well as my thinking about it.
Personal interaction with clients Personal interaction with the environment you are able to create with your client plus atmosphere, helping others to help themselves understand their own bodies
Helping others as a health care professional At my age I am only interested in helping others if I can. I like personal interaction with clients, but that is not my first priority. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to know I have helped in some way.
Work environment (incense, music, overall atmosphere) Its great having your own biz.....till tax time
Helping others as a health care professional There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you are helping people improve the quality of their lives.
Helping others as a health care professional I think it is so important to inform my clients that massage is not a luxury any more. Of course it's a treat for all of us (giving and receiving) but it is vital to your overall health as well. It is a very important part of a good matainance health program. I absolutly love when people come back to me and say "you really made me feel better, not only physcially, but mentally as well." What a GREAT profession!!!!
Helping others as a health care professional I really like the idea of have the power to relive plain and make a person feel good in body and mind. I haven't started a career in massage but will be starting school very soon.. I have wanted to go to massage school for two years now and it finaly going to happen. I like the fact that there is so much to learn about massage that if would be hard to get bored with it. If you have any info that you feel well incourage or inlighen me please e-mail me...Thanks Sarah
Helping others helps me feel like I am giving more than I am taking from life. I am a blind massage therapist who got in this business because of my vision. Now I feel that I have found my place in this world.
I have been working with some others to establish a massage school designed to train blind people to do massage therapy. We feel that everyone has some ability and the blind have a more acute sense of feeling in their hands as well as being more preceptive of other peoples mental state.
Please email me with your ideas on this subject and any support you can offer.
Personal interaction with clients it is also a great5 relaxing and healthy environment for the massusse as well with the relaxing environment with music candles etc..