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An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
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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