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East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
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
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