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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 05
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I just enjoyed a most wonderful Easter weekend. While the religious significance of the holiday certainly does not escape me, this holiday, like most others to me, highlights the opportunity for overworked and overstressed family to gather together.Sitting in my living room were four generations of family. I have two new grandchildren - a 4½-month-old grandson and a 1½-month-old granddaughter. I think my grandchildren spent all but 15 minutes in someone's arms the entire day. Great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles all clamored for the opportunity to hold, cuddle and love those children. The quantity and quality of touch they received on that holiday was delightful to behold - enough so that it caused me to dust off two books in my office library that hadn't seen the light of day in several years.
Please Touch, A Guided Tour of the Human Potential Movement1 by Jane Howard was published in 1970. It is roughly the story of a year of her life spent researching the problem-solving aims of the human potential movement as it applies to our wasting energies building elaborate facades to deceive ourselves and each other, and knowing what we really feel. Ms. Howard indicates that as a result of that wasted energy, we suffer, and so do our social institutions. Her journey finds that schools, churches, marriages, families, governments, police forces, and businesses all could be far more forthright, and consequently far more effective than they are. Certainly the human potential movement had as a major tenet the use of different means toward a common end: changing society by getting people into touch with themselves, and with each other. Massage in America today has strong roots in the human potential movement.
Touching, The Human Significance of the Skin2 by Ashley Montagu has long been the treatise of record on the importance of touch. Dr. Montagu, an anthropologist with a lifelong interest in bridging the gap between the social and biological sciences published Touching in 1971. Before his death, he watched many printing editions and production runs of the book. For those of you who haven't read the book (I think it should be required reading in every massage and bodywork school in the world!), it is an examination of the importance of tactile interaction - touching - on all aspects of human development. The book devotes special attention to the relation of the skin and touching to mental and physical health; the discovery of the immunological functions of the skin; the importance of touching; studies on touch deprivation; the relation between touching and imaging; and the uses of touching in psychotherapeutic situations. Find a copy of this book and add it to your library - you won't be sorry.
Reflecting on these books after observing the touch my grandchildren enjoyed got me feeling pretty lucky about the quality of my own touch experiences. My grown sons are always glad to give their Dad a big hug when we meet, as I was always pleased to hug my Dad before he died. Hugs with my Mother are all the more special now. At home with my wife, I wake up to snuggles and hugs even while the snooze alarm does its thing. I work in an office where we all greet or say goodbye to one another with hugs. I try to be on a massage table at least weekly to get more structured care, nurturing, body rearrangement, comfort and touch.
I guess I find this important because I can't, for the life of me, even begin to understand how anyone with healthy touch in their life could conduct themselves as those who make the news programming today. Is it humanly possible to finish giving or getting a massage and then go blow up yourself and as many people as possible in a public setting? Can suicide bombers be even close to having loving touch in their shortened lives? Dr. Montagu draws ties to touch deprivation and violence in children - isn't it likely that this manifests itself even more greatly in adults? I'm not a social scientist, but I'm not devoid of logic altogether.
As massage therapists and bodyworkers, we likely have an impact on the world that even we cannot fathom. We introduce many who have never had positive touch to the beneficial aspects of touch and acceptance. We probably help ourselves by touching as much as we help our patients and clients by having them receive touch. I cannot help but think that the positive touch my grandchildren receive will be a big factor in their development as healthy, happy, well-adjusted individuals. I cannot help but wish that the world had more positive touch as a factor in its development.
I look forward to going to work every morning - I'm so very pleased that I chose massage therapy as my profession. I'm pleased that you did too!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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