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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
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.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
Wisconsin Registration Law Upgraded to State Certification
By Betsy Krizenesky, WRMT, AMTA-WI Government Relations Chair
Effective March 1, 2003, 2001 Wisconsin Act 74 upgrades the current registration law to state certification for massage therapists and bodyworkers. Regulation will still be of titles rather than the actual practice of massage therapy and bodywork.Those choosing not to meet state requirements will still be allowed to practice massage in Wisconsin without a state credential, but will need to choose titles other than Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker.
The regulatory bill was initiated by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-WI), after a member moved at a chapter meeting on August 25, 2000 that no new legislative action be taken before taking a survey of massage therapists. In February 2001, three-fourths (76%) of respondents to a mailed survey voted for the chapter to pursue practice protection. The bill draft was almost identical to the original legislation that had been drafted by a coalition of massage therapists and bodyworkers in 1996, resulting in the current registration law.
Representative Dean Kaufert and Senator Judith Robson introduced the legislation (AB 749/SB 413) in January 2002. In its initial form, the bill addressed licensing (practice protection). In February, the bill was amended to certification for the profession (only title protection, but nonetheless an upgrade from registration).
Proponents in Wisconsin see the most compelling reason for increased regulation strongly linked to the burgeoning use by the public of massage therapy. As larger cross-sections of the population are seeking the services of massage therapists and bodyworkers, a larger proportion of clients seen have more serious health problems. As a profession, we need adequate training to be able to recognize contraindications to treatment to avoid doing harm. State regulation is the most effective way of ensuring adequate profession-wide training.
All Wisconsin registered massage therapists and bodyworkers with a valid state credential on March 1, 2003 will become state-certified massage therapists and bodyworkers upon successful renewal. Therapists applying for the first time for a renewable credential will need to meet current requirements, which will not change with the new law. Those requirements consist of an approved 600-hour program in massage therapy or bodywork, and passage of the NCE and a take-home exam on the laws of Wisconsin that apply to the profession.
New stipulations as of March 1, 2003:
For your own copy of the new law, which will take effect March 1, 2003, call 1-800-362-9472 and ask for 2001 Wisconsin Act 74, or print yourself a copy from: www.legis.state.wi.us/2001/data/acts/01Act74.pdf.
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