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Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
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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