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Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
Practice Patterns: Where Do You Stand?
By Peter W. Crownfield
Consumer use of massage therapy is no secret, not after the landmark study on complementary and alternative medicine by David Eisenberg, et al.1, and the annual surveys from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).2 The Eisenberg study asserted that Americans make an estimated 114 million visits to massage therapists annually, spending $4.5-6.8 billion on such visits.The latest AMTA survey revealed, among other trends of note, that 16% of adult Americans reported receiving one or more massages in the year 2000, and 21% expected to schedule a massage in the next 12 months.
But what about trends among massage therapists themselves? A recent study3 published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine may help answer that question.
The study focused on practice patterns among massage therapists in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area. One hundred and twenty-six practices were randomly selected from the Yellow Pages to serve as the study cohort. Researchers sought to determine practitioner demographics, training, practice characteristics, and fees.
A three-page questionnaire was mailed to 150 massage therapists, with a second questionnaire sent one month later. Three months after the second mailing, all subjects were contacted by phone for follow-up. The questionnaires focused on demographics; age; race; gender; professional status; education; massage training; society memberships; practice characteristics; fees and insurance; and other variables. Specific results are presented as follows:
Some limitations were noted in the study, the most obvious being that the survey was limited to practitioners in the Boston area. In addition, only 82 LMTs completed the survey - a relatively low number compared to the tens of thousands of licensed massage therapists in the U.S. This small number led the investigators to admit that the data "may not accurately represent the entire massage community."
Despite these limitations, the JACM survey represents an important step forward in learning about the practice patterns of massage therapists in the United States. The survey also shows that as the popularity of complementary and alternative medicine continues to increase, so will the role of massage therapy in the promotion of health and wellness for patients of all ages.
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