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Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
Detoxifying the Massage Room
By Lynne Johnston, RMT
Two years ago, I joined the ranks of the disabled. An anaphylactic reaction to a chemical exposure crashed my immune system and progressed to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Now I react to all unnatural (petrochemical) scents.
I've learned so much I wish to share about how people can reverse the pollution in their environment.The avoidance protocol for MCS is common with other health conditions, including allergies; asthma and other breathing disorders; pregnancy; cancer; and other instances of immunological suppression.
We are exposed to many chemicals every day - some pleasant, some harsh, and some dangerous. Fragrances cause problems in 15-30 percent of the population, and they're getting stronger.
Most fragrances are petrochemical-based. Although an item may be labeled "unscented," it actually has masking scents, and the dangerous chemicals are still present.
When scheduling massage appointments, some clients mention they are sensitive to odors or chemicals. What does that mean? Perhaps they have allergies, which can be improved with medications; if they suffer from chemical sensitivities, medications won't do any good.
The following is a table to help you "detox" your professional space:
It has been theorized that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is caused by infant exposure to chemicals that cannot be detoxed. When you consider that an infant's lungs are the last major organs to develop, then add up how many chemical-based products may be surrounding the baby, it starts to make sense.
A high percentage of massage therapists are more environmentally conscious than the average population. We hang out at health food stores, attend lectures on natural healing, and tend to be activists for the environment.
Let's learn how we can create a safer environment for ourselves and our clients.
Lynne Johnston has practiced therapeutic massage in Richardson, Texas since 1991. Her private practice and research efforts have focused on chronic pain and the elderly. Lynne has worked with the eldercare and hospice programs of the Visiting Nurses Association, and established its massage therapy program. Following a chemical exposure in May 2000, Lynne developed Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), mandating that she live and work in a fragrance-free environment. She currently teaches several Texas Dept. of Health food safety certification courses at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas.
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