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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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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?
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.
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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How has the current economic/political climate impacted your massage practice?
Total Respondents: 323
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No change While the basic number or volume of clients hasn't changed or has changed very little, there are a number of previously regular clients who are not able to come for massages due to reduction of family income, layoffs, etc. Fortunately, referrals and new regular clients along with gift certificates are helping to sustain (with God's help) a very satisfactory workload level. I am an independent practitioner and business-owner, single and financially dependent upon the blessing of serving others who need my help.
More business I have been in business long enough to have established a substantial client base. It is in the worst of times my business is busiest ie my client base has come to realize the benefits of a stress busting session making their dealings with life easier.
No change I MASSAGE AT A WOMENS GYM, AND WOMENS ISSUES ARE MUCH
LESS POLITICAL THAN THEY ARE PRACTICAL - HOW DO I KEEP
IT ALL TOGETHER FOR MYSELF & MY FAMILY? A LOT OF
SADNESS & DISGUST FOR ALL WE ARE ENDURING AS A NATION
( THE PEOPLE, NOT THE POLITICIANS). FEAR FOR THE YOUNG
MEN & WOMEN WHO ARE BEING SENT TO POTENTIAL WAR ZONES
IS VOICED A LOT, AND THE FEELING THERE'S NOT MUCH WE
CAN DO (WE WOMEN) TO CHANGE WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY B
More business Last summer my husband wanted me to hurry and get "a real job" since he proclaimed a new depression was approaching and nobody would be spending on massage.
6 months later I am busier than I have ever been and making close to what I would have been making in my previous unsatisfying career. And now I am helping people handle their stress in ...'these difficult times!'
Less business I was losing $3,000. to $6,000. per year when I would file insurance claims for clients. Now, I discourage any insurance, and I require payment and turn in notes for the client can get reimbursed.
The factor that makes it more complex to evaluate is that we had 2 massage schools in our town 14 years ago, and now we have 8. Our market is getting quite oversaturated, so business is slower for all therapists.
More business I have been in busines full time for 15 years and I had the best year ever in 2002. 2003 shows no signs of slowing at this point!
No change The focus of my practice has shifted from structural to stress reduction. I'm not booking as far ahead though my volume has remained consistent.
Less business Summer business fell off for me. More people were spending cash rather than financing their trips. Did'nt really pick-up until mid November..been very busy ever since
No change Hey Guys,this is a lame question this month. You could really do alot better.
More business At the very least if business is off you can blame it on the economy instead of yourself. If you are sure you are a good therapist and not lazy then blame it on the "hardtimes" we are living in. But be sure you have good boots on before you step in the mud.
No change My business has remained about the same on a consistant basis for the last couple of years. I have not been marketing myself enough so my practice has not increased as it perhaps should have. I plan to be more aggressive with my approach with new clients this coming year.
I feel the national economic conditions are better than the news media would lead us to believe. We have a strong economy that can weather the lean times our country goes through.
If we only rub people we may only see them once. But if we educate our clients about massage and how it benefits them over the long term we can make our profession outlast economic hardtimes. Sometimes one of my clients may be facing financial difficulties so I help them out by reducing the price, bartering, or just not charging at all. When I do favors for these people it comes back to me many times over.
HANG IN THERE...WE WILL SURVIVE
Less business Since Sep.11 My business has slowed down because alot of people were let go from their employment. North Carolina has alot of manufacturing so business started laying off people. I have had to find a part time job also but still keeping my practice. I also, removed my display ad from the telephone book, which hurt me too, but that OK because I am going to move and closel my business. But, I am doing OK.!
More business Massage therapy has caught on like wild fire - more people looking for stress relief than ever before. ..
Maybe to escape the real life events of the day.
Less business I worked with Marriott International for almost 4 and one half years and left on 09-12-02 to go to work for another Hotel/Resort chain. While I enjoyed the style of the second company much better than the first, 911 really hurt business. Without tourists, I found myself returning to my state of origin for the first time in several years and without a job. I found a position helping the start up of a massage school in the public sector, only to find that the requirements were overwhelming to me personally. Teaching 6 subjects to at least 9 and up to 15 students when you have never taught before and without a assistant or another teacher in the classroom was a challenge that has left me bruised. Personally I found discussing structuralism a complicated topic, not in the realm of the body, but in explaining how debates about the application of structuralism affect the discussions about the future of massage therapy as a whole industry.For the sake of the students education and my own peace of mind I opted to not teach, despite the personal and monetary straits this left me in. I was without a support network and unable to afford to pay a professional organization for personal mentioring due to the financial set back I encountered after 911. (200 plus dollars means alot when you are struggling)That is my experience after 5 years in the field. Someone please tell me it gets better! How do you go back to school for your RN to keep up your professionalism when you are in debt, not considered destitute enough for public assistance, and miles away from a job? Teaching was an eye opener, but I could use some help.
Heidi Carter L.M.T. NCTMB
Less business It's been up and down, more down than usual... November was slower than normal, and December just about dried up! I find people will balk more at the price, and will even inquire about price reductions, or shorter times. People are definitely more stressed out, given the uncertainty of the economy. Unfortunately, those "unsavory" (unwelcome) calls still continue to come through (good grief!)
I'd be curious as to how well the schools are doing with enrollment?