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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
We Get Letters & E-Mail
In Defense of AMTA-MERT
This is in reply to Karen E. Murray's letter to the editor in the December 2001 issue of Massage Today. I was privileged to work at ground zero as a Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT) responder, and felt compelled to write.(Editor's note: The complete text of Ms. Murray's letter was included in our "Helping Hands: More Stories from the Relief Efforts" article, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/12/01.html.)
After my experiences as a MERT member, I would be reluctant to respond to a disaster in any other way. As a trained responder, I know how to work at a disaster site without becoming part of the problem. A strict chain of command must be followed to keep everyone safe. There are considerations when working on rescue personnel in a disaster situation that are very different from the caring for the people we see in our everyday practices, and therapists need to be aware of these considerations to keep the rescuers safe. Insurance is another important consideration when going into a dangerous environment to work, even if you are volunteering your services.
Would you consider approaching the FBI and offering to assist in its investigation, then be insulted when you were turned away? Even if you were a former FBI agent, or had training in investigation techniques, you would be politely (or not so politely) dismissed. The FBI doesn't take people who show up with claims of experience, and a reasonable person would not even expect it. Neither does MERT. An organization must protect itself and those for whom it is responsible. That is why structure is in place to prevent major problems. You were likely asked if you were an AMTA member because training sessions were set up to train as many responders as possible.
You would have been invited to apply. There are considerations as to where one gets one's liability insurance, besides a few extra dollars in cost. Consider that now, and you will be ready to respond the next time (hopefully never!) something horrible happens.
As far as the perceived curtness of the person you spoke to, I can tell you firsthand that everyone involved in MERT deserves praise, not criticism. We got very little sleep, coughed for days or weeks after each trip, and sacrificed hundreds to thousands of dollars in lost income. The organizers worked almost around the clock, and of course, a few mistakes were made. They did an amazing job with the impossible task of keeping track of their own. It is just too much to expect them to keep track of everyone else.
Your heart was in the right place, but no one can just walk into a federal crime scene because they have a generous spirit. That is just reality. I am glad that there were massage therapists working in the area around ground zero, taking care of those that did not have ground zero access. I also am extremely grateful to AMTA's MERT, and the opportunity to safely attend to the needs of the many men and women who barely left ground zero for days or weeks in September and October. It was a life-changing experience, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Monique Trahan, LMT
"Another venue for people of diverse backgrounds to communicate ideas"
Hi, I'm a state-registered, nationally certified massage therapist from Wisconsin. I'm also a member of the AMTA. I'm a little behind the times, but I'm just passing on my opinion of Massage Today.
I like the paper. I don't read all of the columns, but I read most of them. I like the idea that there is another venue for people of diverse backgrounds to communicate ideas to each other. I like the idea that this paper "hits." I like that it receives contributions by professionals who are members of various massage trade organizations; professionals who don't belong to any massage organization; and even members of different health care professions.
I look forward to future editions!
"I encourage others to learn this marvelous art..."
My name is Dorothy Montrose, but my friends call me "Dee Dee." In 1993, I received my massage training in Palm Desert, California, under the direction of Ramona Moody French and her staff at Desert Resort School of Somatherapy. I have been self-employed in the field of massage therapy since that time.
I enjoy my work and am very grateful to Janice, the first therapist I received a massage from when I lay paralyzed in the hospital. (I broke my neck in a severe auto accident in 1986 and was told I would be a quadriplegic the rest of my life. Janice didn't give up on me, and I am 98% recovered today). I believe I owe it to the massage profession to give back as much as I can.
Massage therapy gave me hope and courage to keep trying after the doctors had given up on me! I am devoted to my profession and encourage others to learn this marvelous art of alternative medical care.
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