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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."
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."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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.
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.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How did you celebrate Massage Therapy (MT) Awareness Week?
Offered free/discounted treatments
Total Respondents: 166
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I did not celebrate MT awareness week I missed this-when is massage therapy week because I would like to do something with it.
Other So sorry, did not know!
Was it in Massage Today?.
Something I, missed.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week Im aware that there is Massage Therapy Awareness Week, but the dates were not clearly defined.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week I guess I didnt notice this event this year, sorry
I did not celebrate MT awareness week Even though I am a therapist was not aware that it was Massage Therapy Awareness Week...as I am sure most Americans also did not know. Where would I have seen this if I was not apart of the Massage Today info group? Therefore, where would the majority of people found out about it? We, therapists, are really poor in telling about what we do! This wonderful way of treating problems will remain in the dark until we, all therapists, open our mouths and make it happen.
Don M. Williams RMT, MI
I work another job during the day - I am a paralegal at a law firm. I volunteered my lunch hour everyday that week and gave 10-12 min. chair massages to anyone in the office that wanted one (we have 50 people in our office). Their payment for the massage was 2 non-perishable items which we subsequently donated to Safe Harbor - an organization for abused women and children.
I e-mailed ABMP (in a similar way as this) and they actually mentioned me in "Different Strokes". :)
Rita LeBlanc, CMT
Other Our Staff of Massage Therapist held a meeting. We concurred that we have been undercharging for our services and have decided to raise our rates by 15%. Several of our staff are former PT's, OT's and nurses. We agreed that inclusion in the medical market establishment, HMO's, PPO's and insurance industry given our personal experience, would negatively affect our future earning potential.
Other I ate Turkey.
Raised my rates and an ale mate!
Offered free/discounted treatments Both the offices I work at offered discounted services. The office manager at the smaller office had everything planned in advance and had been advertising in their newsletter. The second (larger) office would not have done anything if one of the therapists had not mentioned the upcoming event. The office manager at the larger office was embarrassed and noted it and several other events on the 2005 calendar so they wouldn't be caught off-guard again.
Offered free/discounted treatments The association that I founded Health and Fitness ICU worked with a local massage therapy school and provided over 300 free massages for the Northwest Detroit comminity.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week I did not know that it was MT awareness week. :(
I did not celebrate MT awareness week totally forgot about it! :-
Other Unfortunately, being new to massage (currently in school at CSMT in Chicago), I didn't know the week's importance. After reading a number of articles at MT.com over the last week or so has, I am so glad I finally listened to my inner voice and decided to go into massage. There's so much we can give with so little effort. So, although I missed out on this year, I won't miss out next year or the year after or...