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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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?
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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