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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.
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.
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.
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 Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
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.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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?
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
New Florida Legislation Expands Definition of Massage
By Editorial Staff
Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed Senate Bill 1558 into law on July 19, 2001. The 800-page health care bill includes a small-but-significant section relating to massage, one that officially changes the definition of massage from manipulation of superficial tissues to that of soft tissues.This is a distinction that many believe will provide greater validation of, and access to, the benefits of massage.
With this language change, insurance companies and other professions cannot claim that Florida massage therapists do not have the right to treat deeper tissue (as was, unfortunately, too often the case in the past), based on any contention that it was not stated as such in the definition of massage. Essentially, massaging "soft tissue" includes superficial tissue massage, whereas massaging "superficial tissue" does not by definition include soft tissue work.
Officially, the change is written as follows in the text of the bill:
The language change was urged by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) and the Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-FL), in conjunction with FSMTA lawyers and lobbyists. The change was then proposed to Florida Representative Frank Farkas, a longtime supporter of massage therapy, who fought to incorporate the new language into the text of the bill in the House.
Providing further insight into the significance of the bill, and the legislative process in general, is Michael McGillicuddy , LMT, NCTMB, first vice president of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). The following article first appeared in the July/August 2001 issue of Massage Message, the bimonthly publication of the FSMTA. (Editor's note: The text of the original article has been amended slightly to reflect developments that occurred following publication.)
Florida State Massage Therapy Representatives Witness the Last Days of Legislative SessionBy Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB, FSMTA First Vice President
At the last minute, an end-of-legislative-session trip was arranged for Lynda Solien-Wolfe and myself to attend the closing session of the Florida State Legislature. (Editor's note: Lynda is professional relations chair for the FSMTA, and a Massage Today columnist.)
The first stop on the trip was the governor's office. The request was such that we went straight to his office for the first appointment of the day. When we visited with him, you could tell the session had been stressful. He was very polite, and even shared some stories with us on some of the things that had been going on at the Capitol. He really loves massage and stated: "This is a great idea, having massage at our most stressful time. I'm sure you will be very popular the next two days." [Editor's note: Members of the FSMTA provided complimentary massage at the final days of the Florida legislative session.]
The second stop on our trip was to visit Representative Frank Farkas' office. A great deal of thanks should be extended to Rep. Farkas. He is the person who added the amendment to the bill in the house that will change the definition of massage from "the manipulation of superficial tissue" to "the manipulation of soft tissue of the human body." (Senator Burt Saunders was the sponsor of the language change in the senate version of the bill.)
The bill passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Bush on July 19th. We feel that this language more accurately describes what our profession really does. It may even make insurance reimbursement a little easier for massage therapists. It clearly shows that massage has an effect on more than the superficial tissue, especially from a legal standpoint.
The whole time we were in Rep. Farkas' office, both he and his legislative assistant, Chris Davis, made us feel welcome and supported. I cannot tell you how nice it is to have that kind of friendship in Tallahassee. As our presence was soon discovered, we were soon visiting with Senator Sullivan, Senator Bronson, Senator Posey, Representative Heyman and Representative Trovillion.
We had a special mission to visit with Senator Jim King on this trip. For those of you who were at Legislative Awareness Days, Senator King arranged for us to visit the senate chambers while we were there. He had us take seats in the chambers, then talked to us about the importance of being involved in the political process. Senator King is also the man responsible for helping us get the massage language changed in the senate. A special thanks goes to Sen. King's legislative assistant, Kay Rousseau, for her help in inviting Sen. King to our convention. The senator spoke at the annual convention banquet. (Editor's note: For more information on the FSMTA 2001 convention, please see "Great Times in Orlando at FSMTA's Annual Convention" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/08/03.html.)
The final moments of the legislative session were very tense. Our lobbyists, Janet Mabry and Allison Sellars-Carvajal, and our lawyer, Paul Lambert, were working to see that the bill our language was attached to did not get sabotaged. The House of Representatives' session was due to end at 9:00 p.m.; however, the House voted to continue until all bills on the floor had been voted on.
Representative Farkas did not get to the final reading of the bill containing our language until 10:30 p.m. If he had not done so, the bill would have died in the final minutes of the session!
The FSMTA Board of Directors voted to recognize both Senator King and Represenative Farkas for their outstanding support of the massage profession. It was an incredible experience watching the last-minute positioning strategies of lawmakers and lobbyists. Either their bills squeaked through at the last minute, or all their efforts were lost for the year.
What I enjoyed most about the trip was being a part of the process whereby a bill goes through the legislature from start to finish. It was an honor to be among the legislators to celebrate at the end of the session.Reprinted with permission from Massage Message, July/August 2001:16(4), pg 15.
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