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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.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
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.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
The Importance of Recognition
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I was pleased to attend an event recently at which a massage therapist was recognized by her peers for special service and achievement. As a profession, we don't recognize ourselves enough for the work we do or the impact we have on society.Recognition stimulates professional pride - and not just for those being recognized. I discovered this firsthand, as I noticed myself swelling with pride at the accomplishments of a woman I'd never even met before!
I found myself wishing the ceremony was being televised, or being covered in media outlets broader than trade publications such as this one. Public recognition advances the prestige of the profession. The public would have benefited from witnessing this particular event.
I realize the average massage therapist or bodyworker doesn't go to work each day motivated by the public recognition he or she receives; but I don't think I've ever met anyone who didn't appreciate a "thank you" for a job well-done. We can use this observation to make our own practices better places to earn a living. The business community has utilized it for quite some time to stimulate employee productivity. Most successful companies have awards and recognition programs. Some are as simple as an employee-of-the-month parking spot, and others offer significant money as bonuses or added incentive commission. The programs can encourage company loyalty and add stability to the respective professions, by including requisites for company longevity as part of merit recognition criteria.
I'm sure many of us do this in our own group practices, if we are in managerial capacities. It's the small things that count. Small gifts that symbolize your appreciation can have a surprising impact on therapist satisfaction and performance, carrying more weight even than cold cash.
Even if you have a facility large enough to provide a big budget for recognition programs, cash is rarely the best motivator, says Andrew Perlmutter, co-founder of InMarketing Group, an incentive company in Mahwah, New Jersey.
"You never want to confuse recognition with compensation." When you pay people for doing a good job, it becomes part of their salary expectations." A gift, however - whether it's a trip to Cancun or a coffee mug - is a luxury separate from compensation that shows respect and commends accomplishment. "Buying an employee dinner for two may only cost you $40, but the acknowledgment of a job well done has significant value," according to Perlmutter.
If your budget is limited, inexpensive gifts delivered with fanfare may be just the push you need to improve performance. "If you create a recognition program that is fun and makes a big deal of successes, people will get excited about it," says Pat Zingheim, co-founder of Schuster-Zingheim and Associates, Inc., a pay and reward consulting firm in Los Angeles. It doesn't have to be about the value of the gift; it's about the celebration and recognition that go with it. It shows those you wish to recognize that you appreciate them, and gives them a symbol of that recognition.
Giving gifts instead of cash as incentives can also help independent contractors or employees set physical goals for improved results on the job. For example, says Perlmutter, a 25-percent increase in sales is a nebulous aim, even if a monetary commission is attached to it, but a goal of winning a family trip or a new set of golf clubs is something employees can visualize. "It helps them paint a picture of their goals and what they need to do to accomplish them."
Recognition may be easily achieved in the workplace, but it is decidedly more difficult to maintain meaningful public recognition programs in our profession. Outside of the professional associations, such programs are virtually nonexistent. I suggest we will all be better served if we actively search for ways to honor our own in a public way. Let's be creative and persistent in doing so! If you're in a Chamber of Commerce, why not nominate a therapist business owner as the "business person of the year" or whatever title your organization uses to recognize achievement. If you do a good job with the write-up, it might actually be a massage therapist who gets his or her name and picture in the newspaper, instead of a banker or car dealer.
I think what we do is important, and we need more people to become aware of it. Public recognition can do that for us!
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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