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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
Spotlight on Research
By Editorial Staff
Editor's note: This periodic column keeps you abreast of the latest research documenting the benefits of massage and bodywork. Published research is summarized, with references to the full study text provided; abstracts of research projects planned or in progress are reproduced verbatim whenever possible.
PICC and mid-arm line insertions with massage in a community hospital.
As the public begins to focus on integrative medicine, many health care systems are seeking to incorporate more holistic ways to deliver care.After incorporating massage therapy into the ICU, staff observed increased relaxation in patients and restoration of a degree of tranquility. Patients often encounter many invasive and frightening experiences while in the hospital, including the placement of PICC (Percutaneously Inserted Central Catheters) and Mid-Arm catheters. The goal of this study was to determine the impact of using massage on improving the patient's physical comfort, and reducing stress and anxiety levels during PICC and Mid-Arm catheter insertion. A Likert-scale survey was administered pre-procedure and post-procedure to 21 patients who required PICC/Mid-Arm catheter insertion at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital over a 15-month period of time. Results indicate a 39% improvement in anxiety levels and 23% improvement in physical comfort levels in the group who received massage during the catheter insertion. Those patients who experienced massage as a relaxation technique were also generally easier to cannulate for line placement.
Methodology: Patients were surveyed pre- and post-procedure using a Likert scale. Twenty-one adult patients were surveyed; 9 of the patients received massage during the procedure; 12 patients did not receive massage. Massage was offered according to the patient's comfort level. The massage therapist and the patient determined where the patient would feel most comfortable receiving touch during the procedure. Generally, massage (light effleurage) was provided to the hand; arm (not receiving the catheter); feet; neck; or scalp. The focus of massage was to redirect the attention of the patient and provide soothing, calming, comforting touch during the procedure.
Findings: Those patients receiving massage indicated: 23% improvement in physical comfort levels post-procedure; 39% improvement in anxiety levels post-procedure. Those patients not receiving massage indicated: 8% improvement in physical comfort levels post-procedure; 29% improvement in anxiety levels post-procedure. Patients receiving massage demonstrated significant improvement in physical comfort and anxiety levels over those that did not receive massage. It was also observed that there was less vascular constriction and a more peaceful recovery among those patients receiving massage during the procedures. 77% of patients, when asked if massage affected their physical comfort level, indicated, "very much" (the highest score they could give); 67% of patients, when asked if massage affected their anxiety levels, indicated "very much."
Patient Comments: "I think the massage caused a definite improvement in my comfort level. It kept me from focusing on the procedure and relaxed me"; "I'm glad that the massage was given. I have had this done three times before without massage. This was the lowest level of anxiety"; "Very good to me. Kept my mind off what you're doing"; and "Having had two PICC installs without massage, I can say it helped to have it. Thanks!"
Recommendations: Highly recommend using massage to reduce anxiety and improve patient comfort during PICC/Mid-Arm catheter placements. Highly recommend trying massage to complement other potential anxiety or pain-producing procedures such as thorocentesis; pre-cardioversion; or with nasogastric or naso-duodenal feeding tube placement.
Our plan is to modify our survey to include demographics such as gender and age to see of there is any correlation regarding perception of massage or its benefits. We also plan to gather data regarding massage as it affects physical comfort levels and anxiety levels during other invasive procedures, in addition to the PICC/Mid-Arm catheter placements.
Effects of massage for older adults.
(Editor's note: This study appeared in the Fall issue of the Massage Therapy Journal.)
Objective: The objective was to test the effects of massage therapy on physical function; stress perception; sleep; and general well-being among older adults, compared to a guided relaxation control condition.
Design: After screening for eligibility and contraindications, physical clearance for participation was obtained. Eligible participants were randomly assigned to massage or guided relaxation. Sessions were provided twice weekly for four consecutive weeks. Functional assessments and interviews were conducted before the first session and after the last session.
Setting: Participants came to the university for all sessions where a massage room had been reserved for the study.
Participants: Forty-nine participants, aged 60+ completed the study (25 massage and 24 guided relaxation). Three-fourths of the participants were female; 88% white; 10% African American; and 2% Asian. Participants were independently living, relatively "well" older adults, rather than a clinically defined group of patients.
Main Outcome Measures: The main outcome measures were range of motion at shoulder, hip and ankle by goniometer measurement; flexibility (chair sit-and-reach); tandem balance; agility (timed up-and-go test); general well-being (General Well-Being Scale, with subscales for anxiety; depression; positive well-being; self-control; vitality; and general health); Perceived Stress Scale; and Sleep (two items from the Philadelphia Sleep Quality Index).
Results: The massage group improved significantly more than the guided relaxation group on anxiety; depression; vitality; general health; positive well-being; timed up-and-go test; chair sit-and-reach test; shoulder abduction; and hip flexion.
Conclusion: Massage therapy has positive effects on psychosocial and functional health of older adults.
Editor's note: Both of the above abstracts were presented at the 2002 AMTA National Convention; they appear in Massage Today with permission from the respective authors.
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