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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
"Touching the Massage Today readers one letter at a time"
By Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
I was originally licensed to practice massage in Washington state. My husband and I moved to Florida upon his retirement from the Navy.I eventually was able to obtain my Florida license. Shortly after that, my husband was killed. Being new to the area, and in shock over my husband's death, I only practiced minimally, then returned to the university in 1999 to obtain a degree in elementary education.
I was given erroneous directions to a required ethics class in Gainesville and arrived late. Between juggling two teenagers, classes and a long commute, I let my license lapse that year. The teenagers moved on, and I graduated with my elementary education degree. I would like to get my massage license again. Do you know what I need to do?
-- Paulen from Florida
I moved to Maine three years ago to attend school for massage, and have since opened a small but successful practice. My question concerns the prices of continuing education classes I see offered in the major massage publications I receive. I think the classes cost too much and are too far away. I fear I am not going to be able to get the CEU credits required to keep my national certification. I have taken a class at the local massage school, earning only 12 credits, and have signed up for other classes in the state offered by various massage schools, only to have them call and refund my money for lack of interested students and other therapists.
I do send away for information on out-of-state workshops coming up in the future; the cost runs anywhere from $175-$700+, not including travel costs. How does one do it? I treat my clients with various techniques, finding NMT to be the most popular, along with trigger points, Swedish, MFR and polarity. I feel that I give a fine treatment, but also find I get bored. I do not want to bore my clients or myself, although they are happy with the work I do.
Do you have any suggestions that could help improve my situation? I am certain there are more massage therapists experiencing the same problems I am. I will be traveling to NH for a class in October, and hope it will not be canceled. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
The other question I have is: Why and how can they charge $700+ for a workshop that only lasts a weekend and gives less than 20 CEU credits?
Thank you for your time and efforts.
-- Danielle from Maine
I am a CMT from Maryland, and am trying to get more involved in corporate massage. I have done corporate massage for the past year, part-time; however, the corporation I worked for is no longer in business. I have made brochures and sent them out to surrounding area businesses to try to get more clients, but have not received any kind of response. My question is, how do you go about getting clients for corporate massage, and what is the going rate for corporate massage?
-- Missy from Maryland
If you have a question on the massage profession for DearLyndaLMT, e-mail them to her at: or write her at:
Lynda Solien-Wolfe is Vice President, Massage and Spa at Performance Health. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been in private practice in Merritt Island, Florida for more than 20 years. Lynda graduated from Space Coast Health Institute in West Melbourne, FL.
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