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Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
May, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 05
Best Ever New England Conference
By Editorial Staff
The 19th Annual AMTA New England Regional Conference was held from March 14 - 17, 2002 in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Host duties for this conference rotate through the six New England states, and the Vermont chapter hosted this year.AMTA-VT President George Glass and Immediate Past President Lindsay Crossman co-chaired the event.
Almost 500 therapists participated in this year's conference that always proves to be one of the country's best. Only the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) and the AMTA national conventions surpass the New England Regional in attendance and size of the exhibit hall, and none surpass the New England Regional in networking opportunities, educational offerings, fun and value! Unlike many conventions/conferences, the New England Regional includes almost all meals in the conference fee! Attendees and exhibitors alike always have wonderful things to say about this event, and many attendees have already reserved rooms at the conference hotel for 2003, as the hotel was a complete sellout this year.
The conference theme was "Massage - The World At Your Fingertips." This international theme was highlighted by the attendance of Melanie Hayden, president of the Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Also from Canada was presenter Grace Chan, RMT, DOMP, co-founder of the Sutherland-Chan School in Ontario, Canada. Grace taught a workshop on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation of the Shoulder.
Other world-class educators included NCBTMB board member Leena Guptha, ND, DO, PhD (Hospital-Based Medical Massage); Denise Borrelli, PhD, LMHC, ATR, NCTMB (Burn-out at Your Fingertips, and Working with Fibromyalgia Syndrome Clients); Tom Myers (Spiraling Into Alignment); Kate Leigh (Enhancement of Massage with Nature's Tools and Aromas); June Lordi (Tai Chi Massage); Bob King (Postural Pain and Foot Pronation); John DiBlasio, MPT (Musculoskeletal Balance and Neural Tension); Don Ash, PT, CST-D (CranioSacral Techniques and Applications for the Massage Therapist); and John Calvi (Massage for Trauma).
The presentation highlight of the conference was keynote speaker John Upledger, DO, OMM, who addressed the audience on "Massage: Self-esteem, Compassion and Violence," and led a workshop in his breakthrough "Cell Talk." Both his keynote address and workshop were standing-room only!
Bob King and Kate Leigh paired up to conduct an Ethics Seminar on Creating and Ethical Foundation for Your Practice. While many ethics seminars involve discussions on money or sexual issues in practice, this seminar spotlighted the power aspects of a massage therapy practice. Bob and Kate skillfully brought the thoughts of the audience out in a safe and nurturing way, and also included much humor in the presentation.
The exhibit hall was always full of shoppers (and browsers). Some new technology was previewed this year, including two manufacturers providing products designed for the comfort of female clients. One exhibited a table with removable breast cutouts, and another had a breast cushion designed to be used on a flat table. Also exhibited was a new table with a free-moving face cradle, allowing for cervical traction with the face completely supported. The exhibit hall provided a great mix of new technology as well as the "tried and true."
The New England Regional Conference is an educational and social event. Comprised of all six New England States, there is no business meeting. Several of the state chapters held individual receptions, and everyone was able to socialize together at a DJ dance and the closing dinner dance.
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