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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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 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.
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.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
Who Owns Your Name? U.S. District Court to Decide
A Word from the Publisher of Massage Today
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Massage Today was created with three goals in mind:
Every issue of Massage Today reflects our efforts to fulfill the first two goals. In this issue, you will note the establishment of the MassageLocator referral directory on MassageToday.com (please see "Your Practice on the Web - Free!" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/05.html), and an article about a television program that is featuring our website (please see "MassageToday.com Featured on National Television Series" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/01.html). These are just the beginning of our efforts to fulfill our third goal.
Unfortunately, not every one in the profession wants unity. This was made apparent by a recent action by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). The AMTA seems to believe that it can control whether its members are included in our MassageLocator referral directory, and even if its members can receive Massage Today. And to prove it, the AMTA has filed a lawsuit to enforce its belief. (Please see "AMTA Sues to Prevent Members from Receiving Free Benefits" on the front page of this issue.)
Massage Today doesn't agree. We believe that you are the only one who should decide what you receive and which referral directories you are listed on. If, for some reason, you don't want to receive Massage Today or be listed on the MassageLocator, that is your choice and no one else's. You can simply tell us, and your request will be respected.
The importance of receiving Massage Today is that it is an open forum solely for the profession. (Massage Today is not sold or offered to the public on magazine racks.) This open forum allows everyone in the massage therapy profession to have a voice in discussing important issue privately, away from public scrutiny. Open discussion helps create better understanding and better relationships. These in turn foster cooperation and potentially unity.
The massage therapy profession is badly splintered. By most estimates, the AMTA includes less than one-quarter of the profession in its membership. There needs to be at least one place where everyone can come together without the barriers inherent in membership. By being inclusive, Massage Today hopes to provide the pages and environment that will foster open discussion, understanding and cooperation.
The AMTA's lawsuit is without merit and will eventually be dismissed. In the mean time, there are several things you can do:
For more information, please see "AMTA Sues to Prevent Members from Receiving Free Benefits" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/04.html.
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