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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.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
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.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
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.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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."
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
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.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
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."
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.
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.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
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.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
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.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
Hopeful Views and Empowering News
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
As you read this, the holidays have passed and we are settling into the new year, hopefully with optimism and enthusiasm. Never have the people needed massage more than in these times.One of the things I am particularly excited about is the potential for seated massage to expand from the relaxation paradigm to the therapeutic paradigm. One example would be the repetitive strain injury known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). This condition is rampant in the workplace and represents a huge untapped market for seated therapists. With proper education, seated, on-site therapists could significantly reduce the pain and suffering of thousands of people. Therapists doing so will be able to make a very good income for their efforts. They won't even need to file insurance claims! Of course, they might be able to if they enjoy that exercise. I've heard that some do.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a soft tissue injury aggravated by postural distortion. Technically, it is a neural compression condition involving the median nerve at the carpal tunnel (wrist). Almost all of the tissues involved with treating this condition can be addressed in the seated position. Specific massage and stretching techniques can be quite effective in the treatment and (more importantly) prevention of this condition. This is a very expensive injury; some years ago, a study concluded that the average carpal tunnel case cost workers' compensation over $63,000. Remember that insurance never pays for anything. In the case of workers' comp., the employer pays for it eventually through increased premiums. Wise employers would welcome a way to reduce this expense. On-site massage is often a tax deduction for a company through its wellness program. Seated therapists can easily learn therapeutic techniques for this condition, then approach businesses in a professional manner, representing themselves and their work accurately and honestly. By applying the methods effectively while educating the patients and employers about proper posture and exercise breaks, the individual therapist will rapidly create a successful practice. The word of success will spread, creating a huge market for massage therapists doing seated therapeutic massage. The result will not only benefit workers and employers; it also will increase the demand for massage therapy for other conditions as well. Let's not participate in the recession. Let's grow!
Heads Up ...
I thought some of you might want a heads-up on this one. The terrorist activities of the past year have resulted in several legislative efforts. One that is quite disturbing is the new proposal by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The proposal is called "The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act." (MSEHPA). If you would like to read this 40-page document, you can go to www.publichealthlaw.net. It is an easy read: lots of space on the pages and written in language that anyone can understand. This proposed act is to be taken to every state in 2002 and, the CDC hopes, passed by each state's legislature. It will give public health officials and the governor the power to declare "health emergencies." In a health emergency, the state will be under martial law. The discovery of any disease, contagious or not, could trigger a health emergency. The disease may be in plants, animals or humans. In a health emergency the state will be able to require anyone to undergo any medical exam, force anyone to be vaccinated, confiscate or destroy any property, ration food and fuel (among other substances), and if one does not cooperate they will be quarantined. While the state of emergency is only to last 30 to 60 days, the quarantine is indefinite and ruled by emergency judges appointed by the governor. All health care providers and facilities may be forced into service under public health officials, apparently without compensation. The governor and public health officials are given blanket exemption from liability for death or property loss or damage.
A sudden rise in HIV/AIDS cases could easily fit the qualifications to declare a health emergency. In a declared emergency, officials could lock-up, excuse me, quarantine, anyone with a disease or anyone who refuses to be examined, vaccinated or cooperate. This is a very dangerous proposal. If enacted, you can be sure that it will be used.
How it would affect us as professionals is unclear and subject to speculation. As individuals, the effects are very clear and could be devastating to both our health and our businesses, possibly even our lives.
Some might argue that controlling infectious disease or bioterrorism requires such totalitarian powers. I agree that some emergency powers may need to be given to the states, but not nearly as sweeping as this model legislation calls for. One quote from the draft bill asserts: "An infectious disease may, or may not, be transmissible from person to person, animal to person, or insect to person." So a disease is whatever the state says it is. Granting this much power to a state's public health department is unnecessary and unwise.
If the proposed MSEHPA concerns you, you might want to begin talking to your state legislators about it soon. In the current emotional state of our country, this legislation will probably be passed in some form in every state. Hopefully it can be scaled down to protect the rights and freedoms we have fought to maintain for hundreds of years. If we give up our rights and freedoms to protect ourselves from terrorists, the terrorists have won, because one of their goals is to take away our rights and freedoms.
An example to learn from is the recent anthrax outbreaks. Many people were virtually forced to take Cipro because it was the FDA's drug of choice. Look up the side effects of this expensive drug. They are devastating. Weeks later, we learned that common penicillin and doxycycline are just as effective, with less cost and fewer side effects. If they are effective, so are many natural remedies. Bayer wins. The people lose again.
The freedom of choice with regard to individual health care is one of the most basic and essential freedoms we possess. Without health, what good is freedom? Our profession depends on this freedom. If not actively defended, it will be taken away. The good news is, we do live in America, and we can still participate in this decision. Do what you think is right.
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