resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.