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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
Olympic Research Projects Focus on Form, Function
By Editorial Staff
Nine research projects were conducted in a joint venture by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Pfizer, a research-based pharmaceutical company, during last month's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.The research studies focused on health, nutrition and biomechanics, with specific projects tailored to investigate the following:
Health and Nutrition: Anorexia and low body weight in ski jumping; nutrition issues and inadequate diet during preparation for the Games by speedskaters, skiers and bobsledders; and prevalence of menstrual dysfunction in elite athletes preparing for the Games.
Biomechanics: Pacing patterns in speedskating; Klapskate hinge position in speedskating; quadruple revolutions in figureskating jumps; double and triple twists in figureskating; success in competitive figrureskating performances; and flight trajectories and takeoff characteristics of ski jumpers.
The sponsors of the research projects hope that results from these nine studies will provide valuable data to health care professionals, athletes and the public regarding injury prevention and natural performance improvement.
National Board Certifies 50,000th Practitioner
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) reached a milestone recently by certifying its 50,000th practitioner.
To obtain national certification, massage therapists must complete a minimum of 500 in-class hours of education and training, pass the National Certification Exam (NCE), and pledge to follow the NCBTMB's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Commenting on the milestone, NCBTMB Executive Director Christine Niero, PhD, said: "Massage therapy is one of the fastest growing segments of alternative medicine, and with this comes an increased demand for qualified practitioners... as more Americans come to understand the benefits of massage therapy and bodywork, it is increasingly important to have a certification body that provides consumers and employers with a national standard."
Another Benefit of Massage
In November of 2001, the American Legion, Post 291 in Costa Mesa, California received a check for $1,000 from the American Institute of Massage Therapy. Instructor and Chancellor Dr. M.K. Hungerford and her students provided 15-minute massages for $5 to raise money for the disaster victims of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Overall, the combined effort raised $16,000; the money will be sent to the families of the New York City firemen who gave their lives trying to save lives on that horrific day.
Students from Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College (PTMC) made a trip to London, England recently to study massage therapy at the London School of Massage and the U.K. College of Complementary Health Studies. As part of their experience, the 21 students were given the opportunity to provide massage to the staff of St. Charles Hospital in London.
As part of this unique exchange program, 12 students from London visited Phoenix to study neuromuscular massage, hot rock therapy and other massage techniques at PTMC. To find out about the next exchange opportunity, contact PTMC at (480) 945-9461.
Insurance Plans Continue to Include Massage as Discount Option
Another sign of the growing acceptance of massage and other complementary and alternative therapies comes from the South, where Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) recently introduced a discount program for a variety of services, including massage therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture. The program, called "Blue Complements," also includes discounts on vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements, and books and videos relating to health and wellness.
This continuing trend has sparked widespread debate within the massage profession in recent months. Supporters of the trend believe that making massage therapy accessible to the public through health insurance will expand the profession and bring its benefits to a wider audience; opponents claim that such programs discount massage therapists' services and bring unnecessary organizational control to the massage experience.
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