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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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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?
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.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
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.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
FSMTA Annual Conference "A Great Success"
By Rebecca J. Razo
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) held its annual massage therapy convention and trade show June 26-29, at the Hyatt Orlando, in Kissimmee, Fla. According to FSMTA President Michael McGillicuddy, over 2,000 people attended the event.
Although the exhibit hall was open to attendees for a half-day on Thursday, keynote speaker Benny Vaughn, a leader in sports and orthopedic massage, shifted the convention into high gear with his dynamic and inspirational speech, "Nourish Your Potential," at Thursday evening's kick-off dinner.
The exhibit hall opened again early Friday morning, allowing attendees to browse the 100-plus exhibitor booths while an Elvis impersonator, provided by one of the convention's sponsors, BioFreeze/Performance Health, Inc., crooned such classics as "Love Me Tender" and "All Shook Up." In between sets, "Elvis" posed for pictures with convention attendees.
The convention featured a breadth of workshops presented by nationally recognized massage educators, including Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.), who presented Breakthrough in Lymph Drainage Techniques; Alaya Chikly, CMT, who presented Heart-Centered Therapy; Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D, who presented CranioSacral Therapy and its Application to Massage Therapy; Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT, who presented Insurance Billing, Procedures, Laws and Rules; and David Dolan, who presented Bio Aquatic Exploration Ocean Therapy.
Other workshop presenters included Dee Ahern, RPT; Dale Alexander, PhD, MA, LMT; Bruce Baltz, LMT; Cary Bayer; Cathy Cohen, LMT; Albert Durso, LMT; Marc Kalmanson, LMT; David Kent, LMT, NCTMB; George Kousaleos, BA, LMT, NCTMB; Thomas Liberto, LMT; Whitney Lowe, NCTMB; Christopher Marks, LMT; Don McCann, MA, LMT, LMHC; Cheryl McGillicuddy; Brett Pace, LMT; Clifford Shooker, DC, DABCN; and Benny Vaughn, LMT.
Eligible attendees received anywhere from two to six continuing education units (CEU) for attending the workshops.
On Saturday evening, Mr.McGillicuddy warmed the crowd at the closing dinner banquet and awards ceremony by thanking members of the FSMTA for their support. "The FSMTA [convention] is the largest and best in the country," he said.
After dining on mushroom-stuffed chicken, new potatoes and chocolate cake for dessert, dinner guests turned their attention to guest speaker Dale Alexander, whose speech emphasized that touch "bridges space and time," and that "healing comes from within and from the divine."
The awards presentation followed; Michael McGillicuddy presented the Legislator of the Year Award to Florida State Senator Bill Posey in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the massage profession.
Sen. Posey was responsible for helping remove language from a bill that would have been detrimental to the massage profession for insurance reimbursement. "Senator Posey is a friend of massage in [the Brevard County] district," said McGillicuddy. "He and his wife are well liked by the Brevard chapter of the FSMTA."
Sen. Posey graciously accepted the award, noting that fellow award recipients Lynda Solien-Wolfe; FSMTA Vice-President Maureen Gilbert; and Brevard chapter member Donna Buist, all played a role in getting him involved through their ongoing grassroots efforts to educate local legislators on issues affecting the massage profession. Sen. Posey encouraged attendees to get to know their local legislators.
Lynda Solien-Wolfe praised Sen. Posey and his support of the profession. "Senator Posey is down to earth ... [he's] one of us," she said.
Perry Isenberg, vice-president of marketing for BioFreeze/Performance Health, presented the convention's first-ever Humanitarian Award to Aaron L. Mattes. According to Isenberg, the purpose of the Humanitarian Award is to "recognize the contribution of an individual to their community and/or their profession, completely and unselfishly for the benefit of others."
Other award winners included: Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Bob Poulin and Chris Davis - President's Award; Albert Durso - State Licensed Massage Therapist Award; Louis Pompi, Mark Zidar and Ron Stephens - Outstanding State Service Award; and Pete Pfannerstill - Outstanding Sports Massage Therapist of the Year.
One of the evening's most exciting and unexpected moments came when Isenberg surprised McGillicuddy with a $20,000 check from BioFreeze/Performance Health to the FSMTA, in recognition of the association's commitment to the profession.
This year's convention also marks the commencement of the FSMTA Foundation. The Foundation is still in its early stages; however, McGillicuddy noted that its primary goals are to support education and research in the massage profession. In the weeks ahead, the Foundation's executive board will be going over information gathered during the conference to work out many of the details. In the meantime, the Foundation is off to a great start, raising over $6,000 at a silent auction preceding Saturday's dinner banquet, in which convention sponsors, exhibitors and presenters donated services, supplies and other items.
Overall, "The convention was a great success," said McGillicuddy. "We will start immediately on making next year's convention even better."
The FSMTA was founded in 1939 with 85 charter members. Since then, the association has grown considerably and now has approximately 4,000 members in 19 chapters all over the state.
For more information, visit www.fsmta.org.
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