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Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
The Life It Brings
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
Transition, Balance and Community
Several weeks ago, the Caledonian Club of San Francisco held their 136th Annual Scottish Gathering and Games. For my fellow Scottish country dancers and me, this was an opportunity to come together under the shade of the oak trees in a celebration of music, movement and community. The smooth progression of harpers,2 fiddlers3 and dancers4 moving onto and off the outdoor stages underplayed the many hours of cooperative effort behind it all - time and effort motivated and rewarded by "the obvious excellences of the life it brings."5 It is the joys of common purpose and creative sanctuary that draw people into, and maintains them within these co-created micro-cultures of endeavor. For those who enter into the pursuit of massage, I believe there are similar workings at hand.
Teaching in a massage program oriented toward those making career transitions, I continue to marvel at the diverse backgrounds from which students enter the practice of massage. They come from finance, technical domains, and from more constrained areas of health care. One of my favorite transitions was that of two women who moved their partnership into massage after 15 years of hanging wallpaper together. Each entering person must find his or her own niche, but together, they share the commonality of a great leap from the point at which they started. As one student put it, "I came over from the dark side".
Joys and Challenges
If I had to choose just two words to describe the draw of massage, I would choose flexibility and connection. For many, there is the attraction and choice of running a sole-proprietor business. In this setting, one can determine one's own hours and setting of practice, a sharp contrast to the dictates of corporate life. There has also been, particularly in unlicensed states, the flexibility of incremental learning; being able to make a positive difference with minimum latent time, and continuing to learn to become even more effective - a step predicated on the real-world experience gained in early practice.
Within the profession of massage, there still is room for improvisation and spontaneity. Massage is still a venue in which protocols have not become static, and in which the time spent with clients is negotiated rather than mandated. With our attention and awareness in the moment, rather than limited to a prewritten score, massage practice allows room to playfully adapt to the individual needs of our clients without losing hold of our focus and intent.
Practicing massage also brings the joys of personal contact and nurturing, making a difference to clients' quality of life, and the enjoying the pleasures of learning with like-minded colleagues. It often elicits the sense of coming home to work: a moving meditation.
With the flexibility and connections of massage also arise the challenges. Entering the practice of massage, we often need to look first in the mirror of our own body-oriented issues, to avoid projecting our unresolved apprehensions upon our clients. We must work to remain conscious of our interpersonal boundaries, and clear in our intent and choice of acting to the ultimate good of our clients.
Because our bodies become the tools of our craft, we must time and again remind ourselves to practice good biomechanics. We must acknowledge the need for private time and private space to recenter or the balance of mingling in and enjoying a rowdier crowd, free from the demands of particular responsibility. Finally, if we are to thrive economically, we must possess or develop both communications skills and tradeskill.8 -the almost kinesthetic knack of running a business.
For those of us who gravitate into the field of massage, I think there is a sense of being drawn toward greater fulfillment. Whether it's the sense of "coming home," trying to take within ourselves the essence of sensory experience, or the need to start a new life/learning stage, it takes us in new and often unexpected directions in the life it brings.
Notes & References
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