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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
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By Editorial Staff
How to Reach Massage Today's Goals
I was excited to see my first issue of Massage Today, and was equally excited by your goals: forming coalitions between diverse practitioners; sharing these diverse perspectives; overcoming public misinformation and mistrust due to lack of knowledge: and taking those steps to becoming accepted by the public at large as worthy somatic problem-solvers.However, I fear that your publication will fail to achieve these goals, as all other massage publications that I've seen have failed, until you are willing to do what they have not done: acquire the traits of a professional organization worthy of public trust and respect.
And what are those traits? Self-criticism. Internal debate. The demand for objective definitions of new terms. Incorporating new theories into the body of current knowledge. Challenging new theories to prove themselves with something other than anecdotes, testimonials, and idle theorizing. This is what is lacking in much of massage therapy literature, and in the alternative medicine movement in general. It is this lack that causes us to remain on the outside of the mainstream looking in. When we say things like "look at the ... emotional and spiritual relationship to the headache," or "the energies of our bodies mix and integrate when we consciously intend it to happen" (two examples I pulled from your first edition), the average person out there looks at us like we are nuts. And they do so for good reason, because the first statement appears nonsensical, and the second preposterous. Are they? How do we know? Where is the evidence? Where is the critical scrutiny? Where are the controlled studies?
The word to describe what I'm calling for from the massage industry is "science," and it isn't a dirty word. It also is not some guy with a lot of diplomas on the walls telling us what is and is not true. It is a method of testing our theories, a way of keeping us from fooling ourselves. It also appears completely absent from massage literature. (The "Power of Touch" study in your January issue is moving in the right direction, but alas, there were no controls, so the results proves nothing.) Nowhere do I see theories challenged and debated, much less refuted. Has anyone reading these words ever seen, in any massage publication, an article explaining why a popular massage theory is untrue? (Want an easy target? How about ear-candling, where it is simple to prove that the wax that appears in the tube comes from the burning of the tube, not the ear) All I see is everything touted as if it were self-evidently true and wonderful, and how mean and nasty the mainstream world is to reject it. Are we saying we never make mistakes?
The mainstream isn't mean and nasty, nor is it rejecting what many of us have to say because it is ignorant. What they see is that we as an industry are more fond of touting theories than we are of making sure they are true. If we want to be trusted and respected by the public as professionals more interested in their health than we are in turning a buck, than we need to show the possibility that we are in error, through repeatable, controlled, scientific testing. Nothing short of that will suffice.
"I personally found the content about 50-50."
I received my first issue of Massage Today and would like to congratulate you and your staff on what must have been a Herculean effort. I am certain that producing such a well-done publication took a tremendous amount of work and deserves high praise indeed.
I personally found the content about 50-50: Fifty percent pleased and excited, and about 50 percent absolutely furious. Given my reputation as somewhat of a curmudgeon (Christmas was about 75-25) this is really pretty high praise. A few things I would like to praise:
Regardless of your opinion on the product, (I like it) it has been very well marketed and I see it everywhere.
When my clients get off the table, the last thing on their mind is what is hanging on my wall. If they feel better, then they will be back; if they do not feel better, then they will go somewhere else whether I have complied with the government interference or not. One of your advertisers is an excellent example. They offer a distance learning program that looks wonderful, I can order the course, learn the material, become proficient in the technique, and probably do my clients a lot of good. But if I want the CEU's and diploma, that will be an extra 90 dollars. This is extortion by the government, not the advertiser. I am certain that government interference in the advertisers business has made this necessary. So why is it that we need more government interference?
I have a lot more to say on these subjects, but this letter probably already puts me on the lunatic fringe with you and your staff. Maybe I'll submit an article if this gets published.
Bret H. Burlock RMT, Reiki Master
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