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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Most of AMTA Lawsuit Thrown Out of Court
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Before the AMTA's lawsuit even got going, Judge George W. Lindberg granted Massage Today's motion to dismiss the AMTA's complaint on four of its six counts. As the remaining two counts involve a single claim, the AMTA has effectively lost 80% of its lawsuit prior to any evidence being presented.
A motion to dismiss is requested when the merits of a lawsuit are in question on face value alone. After reading the AMTA's lawsuit, MPAmedia's attorneys recognized that the AMTA's complaint was inconsistent with applicable federal and state laws, and filed the motion to dismiss. Massage Today's legal council Rick Cigel commented on Judge Lindberg's decision:
As the judge's ruling makes clear, the AMTA is mistaken. If the AMTA had copyrighted its registry, the AMTA would have had the right to prevent others from reprinting a registry that was "substantially similar" its own registry. In this case, the AMTA did not copyright its registry, and even the AMTA does not claim that Massage Today has published any type of registry, let alone a registry that is "substantially similar" to the AMTA registry.
In truth, this remaining issue still comes down to who can control the name and address of a massage therapist. The AMTA continues to claim that it should be the one to control its members' names and addresses, referring to them as "AMTA property."1 Massage Today believes that it is the right of each massage therapist to make his or her own choice, and has consistently honored every request made by any massage therapist, AMTA member or not, regarding the privacy of their name.
Additional information provided to Massage Today, including a letter from AMTA president Steven C. Olsen, suggests that many of the AMTA's chapter presidents and directors were unaware of the details of the lawsuit until long after it was filed. This is reflected by a letter from Mr. Olsen to the "AMTA Chapter Presidents," sent almost two months after the AMTA filed its lawsuit.2
Rather than try to cover up the lawsuit, Massage Today informed the entire profession in its very next issue after the lawsuit was filed last May.3 The letters and e-mails received revealed that most of the responding massage therapists, AMTA members included, were not in favor of the AMTA's action. One AMTA member referred to it as "a frivolous and baseless lawsuit."4
Oddly enough, while Mr. Olson is spearheading the lawsuit, apparently to keep AMTA members from receiving Massage Today, he himself has yet to request that he no longer receive the publication. Massage Today is continuing to be sent, free of charge, to every known massage therapist in the United States (including Mr. Olson), with the exception of the handful who have chosen not to receive it.
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