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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Last month, our new managing editor, Rebecca Razo, penned a front-page article titled Sharing the Gift of Touch (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/07/05.html).The article touches on a concept I have long held dear: If we are blessed with talents and abilities, we should use them to benefit the rest of society in myriad ways.
Most would agree that massage therapists come pre-programmed with a deep desire to help others. It's what allows us to overcome societal issues surrounding personal space and touch to alleviate pain and discomfort in others. It's also what makes us ideal candidates to expand from our practices and embrace volunteering to serve our own and society's needs.
If you have checked out my bio, you know I am a "volunteeraholic." I love being a massage therapist and look forward to Monday mornings. In previous careers, I haven't always been able to say that; so, now I feel it appropriate to expend my energies giving back to the profession I love and to the society that allows it to flourish.
Volunteering benefits both the society-at-large and the volunteer. It makes important economic and social contributions, giving way to more cohesive societies by building trust and a mutual exchange of effort and activity among citizens.
Even the IRS supports us in our volunteering efforts! Volunteers in the United States can receive tax deductions from the IRS on many costs associated with volunteering, such as mileage; supplies; copying; convention attendance fees; parking; and more. Although you cannot deduct the value of your time or services, you can deduct the expenses you incur while donating your services to a qualified organization, including travel expenses, which may include transportation, meals and lodging while away from home, as long as there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation or vacation involved in the travel.
These deductions apply only if you are not receiving reimbursement by the organization you are assisting. You also must itemize them on your tax form; thus, you cannot take the deductions if you use the 1040 EZ form. (Please note that this information is for general reference. Consult a tax professional, or download IRS Publication 526: Charitable Contributions [www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf] for more information.)
In addition to providing tax deductions, volunteering allows us to live out our fantasies. Many of us secretly wish we could spend our days on Broadway, taming lions, or doing any of a thousand different things; however, our career paths - and maybe our true talents - led us in different directions. Volunteering is a way to make your dreams come true! Instead of selecting a volunteer assignment that makes use of your professional skills, consider finding a form of community service that taps the "inner you."
Do you love show business? There are lots of community theater groups, local telethons and performing troupes that might welcome your involvement. If you can't act or sing, you could manage, sew costumes or book acts.
Do you love animals? Few paying jobs involve a lot contact with animals; however, you can volunteer at the zoo, and do everything from helping the keepers to giving tours. The humane society might welcome your help in caring for unwanted pets and finding adoptive families for them.
Perhaps you want the chance to be a leader. Chairing a committee, coordinating a special event, or being a team captain of other volunteers will allow you fulfill this function. You'll finally be in charge! The Web site www.Suite101.com suggests adding volunteer activities to your resume:
I hope I have stirred your willingness and desire to share in my volunteerism delight! If massage is your passion, as it is mine, you don't even have to leave the field to participate. Drag your massage chair down to the local firehouse or police station and volunteer on and after holiday weekends when employees have been on duty for extended periods of time. Contact any national, state or local massage association and offer to help. Member or not, most will welcome your call!
It's time to give back right now - don't you think?
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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