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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
Welcome to My World
By Perry Isenberg
This is my first article in what I hope will become a regular column for Massage Today. Only you, the reader, will deicide if I continue to write this column. Its goal is to provide you with thought-provoking insights, ideas and examples of ways to improve your practice so it remains profitable and fun.I am not a therapist, though I am a patient of massage therapy and believe in the value of all types of massage.
In subsequent issues, we will address issues related to customer service, marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions, etc., in hopes of finding ideas you can use. I will draw from personal experience and observations, rather than textbook instructions. My own experiences span almost 20 years of advertising agency background and entrepreneurial endeavors, including my current duties for the past 10 years as partner and vice president of marketing for Performance Health, Inc. We are the company that brought Biofreeze to the health care market. My business are Chris Cox and Craig Cox. Chris Cox is vice president of sales and also in charge of the day-to-day operations; Craig Cox is vice president of international business. Thanks to Craig, our packaging is printed in Japanese, Spanish, French, and Korean and sold in twenty-five markets overseas.
Starting, operating and building a business is not easy. It requires commitment, dedication, sacrifice, risk and a burning desire to succeed. By success, I'm referring to reaching desired goals, not just financial ones. The ride can be very exciting and worthwhile.
Nine years ago, we started the company with only two people: Chris and myself. Craig was busy with other projects and would eventually join us a little later. We started in a small office on the 3rd floor of an old building in the historic "strip district" in downtown Pittsburgh. From the street to the 3rd floor, we would carry product up three flights of stairs (that's right - no elevator!) to repackage the bulk shipments to smaller boxes for distribution. It generally took us over an hour to carry everything and then an hour to recover. Now, none of this seems like a big deal. I would not want to do it again but I would if I had to.
Did I mention no salaries? That's right, for the first year or so money was only available to make product advertising, etc.
Those who consider all these facts no big deal, most likely possess leadership skills and recognize that the road to reach any goal can be long and bumpy. Those who are intrigued at how we did it should realize that although it is a big deal, they've also managed considerable obstacles of their own to reach their goals.
Massage therapy is on the forefront of health and wellness; it requires the continued efforts of its leaders to keep bringing the message of massage to the population at large. Massage cannot prosper if the perception remains that it is a luxury for the wealthy and distinct groups like athletes.
Massage therapy is for everyone. All therapists and their respective associations must continue to work with government and corporations to reach the ultimate goal: letting the population know of the benefits and healing value of massage therapy.
In my next article, we will examine an issue that happened to me on the way home from the AMTA National Convention in Phoenix. In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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