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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
"'02": The Silver Lining
By Perry Isenberg
There appears to be a general sentiment out there that 2001 can't be left behind quick enough, and '02 can't get here fast enough.
I can't agree more. However, my reason is different than everyone who wants to get past 2001 because, all in all, it was a lousy year.(I know, there was some good stuff, too.)
Bring on '02 -- bring on the silver lining. At a recent seminar, time was devoted to remind the attendees to keep their profession strong, purposeful and effective. Attendees were given a handout that included the following quote from Theodore Roosevelt:
The statement has never been more true. I agree that people should support their respective industry associations. However, my thought is of our country as the association, and we as its members.
There are obvious contributors and contributions: the military; taxes; public and social services; etc. What about the rest of us? What can we do to help that has some meaning? How can we learn from the tragedies of 2001 and turn them into a silver lining?
Do we always need to see "bad" to really appreciate the "good"? Since 9/11, hundreds if not thousands of health professionals made their way to ground zero to help. Companies like ours sent product and financial contributions. But why do we wait? Is it the squeaky wheel that gets the oil?
Day after day, millions of North Americans live in "bad" conditions not necessarily brought on by themselves: disease, hunger, poverty, pain, etc. I'm not sure of this, but I think I heard more money was raised in 30 days as a response to 9/11 than 10 years of efforts to raise money for AIDS, cancer, and other charities. Again, I'm not sure of this, but it would not surprise me if it was true.
Each and every massage therapist who derives personal and/or financial rewards from massage is obligated to do their part to ensure that the industry grows, thrives and improves. When was the last time you attended a convention or conference? When was the last time you shared information with other therapists or the industry via letters to the industry publications?
We need to be proactive. We cannot wait until our respective industries start to weaken before we jump in to help. It may be too late. Unfortunately, we've witnessed a black cloud this year. If we learn a lesson, it should be one of proactive action. How many times do we need to be reminded that if we don't mind the store, the store will not succeed?
The massage profession has never been in such a good place. Don't take it for granted. Embrace and contribute; as Theodore Roosevelt urged, it is our moral obligation.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated, we'll talk again in '02.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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