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