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Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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?
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
Education Takes Center Stage at Annual Council of Schools Meeting
By Editorial Staff
Tiffany M. Field, PhD, founder of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, was the keynote presenter at the AMTA's 2002 Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting of the Council of Schools (COS), held January 22-26 in Tucson, Arizona.Dr. Field, a long-time supporter of research-backed factual findings that support the efficacy of massage, spoke about ongoing broad-based research programs in collaboration with other doctors in the fields of obstetrics, pediatrics and pharmacology.
An international group of massage and bodywork school owners and administrators met and discussed a variety of education-related topics. An entire day was dedicated to understanding competency-based education. A workshop entitled, "Competency-Based Education: What Is It? How Does It Work? Why Is It Relevant to Massage Therapy Education?" was facilitated by educator/teacher Judith McDaniel, PhD, who has designed evaluation processes that allow students and employers to determine competency in a variety of skills.
A competency-based panel presentation and competency-based discussion groups followed her workshop. The discussion groups grappled with issues such as testing for competency and creating a curriculum for competency.
Elections also were held at the annual meeting. The current officers of the council are:
In an interview, Peggy Smith, president of the 300+ member council, indicated that she felt that the opportunity for school owners to network among themselves was the most important aspect of the COS. She mentioned that she has always derived value from being able to sit down over lunch with her peers and share how problems are solved and how progress is evaluated. She felt strongly that this sharing of experiences was beneficial for the massage therapy profession as a whole, in that it allowed for an elevation of the quality of educational programs and a greater ability for meaningful interaction with students on administrative issues such as alternative financing/financial aid, admissions policy and professional behaviors.
Smith indicated that she felt the discussions on competency-based education were particularly pertinent to educators today, as there is continuing debate in the profession concerning hours of education required for entry level practice. She indicated that it was likely that trends in the evaluation of competencies could be a consensus-building step in changing the paradigm from hours to outcomes. She mentioned that the profession continues to deal with the issues of what makes a good/great massage therapist, and how outcomes can be measured. She urged all schools to explore refreshed curricula that incorporate competency-based education, because she feels it allows for accountability in the quality of graduates.
In addition to its annual leadership conference, the COS convenes an annual teachers' conference each summer. This year's conference is scheduled for August 1-4, 2002 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
School owners and directors have several opportunities each year to network:
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