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Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
Massage Program Accredited at National University of Health Sciences
By Editorial Staff
The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) recently granted a five-year accreditation to the massage therapy certification program at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Ill.The program received accreditation after graduating two classes, the shortest time allowed before accreditation consideration.
Randy Swenson, DC, director of the massage program and dean of the NUHS College of Allied Health Sciences, praised the individuals who made the rapid accreditation possible:
National has offered a massage therapy certificate since 1999. The school's massage students take courses not only on massage techniques, but also anatomy and physiology; nutrition and wellness; relaxation therapies; practice management; ethics; and interpersonal communication.
Chicago Schools Participate in "Massage Marathon"
At the 25th Anniversary LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon last October, students from two local massage schools completed a marathon of their own, giving roughly 2,000 massages to the runners in a single day.
Using over 60 tables, 203 students, alumni and instructors from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy (CSMT) provided over 1,700 massages in what they say is the largest group of MTs ever assembled for a single sporting event.
Morton College also participated in the event, with 14 massage students from the college's therapeutic massage program gave 300 free massages to runners, as part of required fieldwork experience. Linda Moore, Morton's massage program coordinator, created the volunteer opportunity with the Chicago Area Runners Association to provide students with "experience working in a variety of situations."
CSMT Founder and President Robert K. King, who provided massage coaching and assistance, enthused, "The excitement here is electric. CSMT has been a presence at the Marathon for 18 years now, and it's always exhilarating to be a part of it and watch the students gain confidence and pride in the power of massage as they work this event."
As for the race itself, Paula Radcliffe shattered the women's world marathon record by 81 seconds, while Khalid Khannouchi captured his fourth men's title.
Record Massage "Chain" in Florida
POMPANO BEACH, FL - In what was touted as the largest massage chain ever formed, 260 people gathered to create the "Great American Massage Train" on October 20, 2002.
The event, which kicked off Massage Awareness Week at the American Institute of Massage Therapy (AIMT), was designed to promote massage therapy while raising money for Kids in Distress, a Ft. Lauderdale organization that helps abused children. Participants, who paid $1 to enter, were not all massage therapists. The institute's director of education, Lise Benitah, showed the nontherapists how to perform the "three-minute knead" to the sound of "Put Your Hands on My Shoulders." Other donations were received through dollar-a-minute chair massages and a raffle sponsored by Kids in Distress.
The AIMT has participated in the fundraiser for the last six years, raising $7,000 in 2001. This year, the institute wanted to do more than simply raise money:
A photographer documented the event; final word from Guinness is forthcoming.
Pregnancy Massage for Wartime Wives
Two West Virginia doulas are providing their services free of charge to pregnant women whose military husbands are overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom. Lauramae Triplett and Julie Huron, certified doulas, created "Operation Doula Care" for pregnant women whose husbands are deployed or deceased as a result of Enduring Freedom.
Doulas provide coaching and companionship to mothers during labor, and also offer pregnancy massage in homes or hospitals. When an expectant mother can't be with their OB/gyn, midwife or doctor, the doula is there.
"Massage helps the whole body to relax and releases endorphins, which can help speed up labor," explained Lauramae, who is certified in pregnancy massage.
For more information on volunteering or receiving free care, call (304) 733-4005.
Rock Stars Prefer ... Aromatherapy?
According to Manchester, England, aromatherapist Diane Nivern, modern celebrities don't necessarily turn to cigarettes and alcohol before and after performances, as many people imagine. On what does she base her opinion? Well, she's been providing aromatherapy and massage to such stars as Robbie Williams, Radiohead, Iron Maiden and the Corrs for the past four years.
"Tours are often grueling and exhausting affairs," explained Diane, a member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. "But the performers now recognize the benefits of aromatherapy in any touring schedule. They realize they need a more calming approach than, say, the stimulus of too much alcohol or drugs."
She also provides massage and acupressure, and instructs clients on breathing exercises.
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