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2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
New Directors, Executive Committee at NCBTMB
By Editorial Staff
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently elected two new directors to its board and announced the appointment of its 2003-04 executive committee.Neal Barry, LMT, NCTMB, from Stratford, Conn., and Robert Lehnberg, NCTMB, from Bayside, Calif., are the board's newest additions.
"We are very happy to welcome Neal and Bob to the board," said Garnet Adair, chair of NCBTMB's executive committee. "Their expertise, combined with the rest of the board's expertise, will ensure NCBTMB's continued commitment to fostering high standards of ethical and professional practice."
Mr. Barry and Mr. Lehnberg join the following board members: Tree Bright, NCTMB, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Elizabeth McIntyre, RN, MAS, NCTMB, Lancaster, Pa.; Pam Laubscher, DO, public member, Oro Valley, Ariz.; and William Stoehs, public member, Miramar, Fla.
The Board of Directors executive committee members are Chair Garnet Adair, NCTMB, Tucson, Ariz.; Chair-elect Judy Dean, M.Ed., RN, BC, NCTMB, LaPorte, Ind.; Treasurer Elaine Calenda, NCTMB, Longmont, Colo.; and Immediate Past Chair Whitney Lowe, NCTMB, Bend, Ore.
Schools to Add Asian Bodywork to Curriculum
Beginning this fall, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, and Charles River School of Shiatsu in Arlington, Mass., will add Asian Bodywork programs to educational curricula.
Charles River will offer a 700-hour certificate program in Asian Bodywork/Tuina, which will feature classroom instruction, clinic experience and weekend workshops. Some of the classes offered through the program include Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory; Point/Meridian Location; Tuina technique; and Internal Disharmonies.
Pacific College will begin offering a 518-hour massage therapy program in which its primary emphasis will be on Asian therapeutic techniques. In addition, the college will offer a 196-hour certificate program in Tuina and a 693-hour Oriental Body Therapy program, which combines Oriental medical theory with massage.
For more information on either of these programs, contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at (800) 729-0941, or Charles River School of Shiatsu at (781) 643-1545.
New York Nurses Study Medical Massage
The New York College of Health Professions, which offers academic programs in Oriental medicine, massage therapy and holistic nursing, recently announced the commencement of five-day intensive courses to educate nurses on the basic principles of holistic nursing theory, holistic nutrition and medical massage.
The courses will be offered to nurses from New York's Bellevue Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. "We started massage programs in the hospital setting several months ago and the nurses just love the program. It helps them not only help their patients, but teaches them how to regulate their own energy and nurture themselves as well," said Joanne Christophers, Director of Holistic Nursing at New York College.
Although medical massage is within the scope of practice for nursing, Theresa Rejrat, Deputy Director of Bellevue Hospital, notes, "Nurses have little or no training in this area. Holistic nursing has become increasingly important because it is effective in enhancing people's ability to be and stay healthy." For more information on this and other programs offered by New York College of Health Professions, visit www.nycollege.edu.
One Massage Therapist, Two Successful Careers
Wondering what to do when you're not busy massaging clients? If you're Rocco Lo Bosco, the answer is easy: Write a novel. The full-time massage therapist, who operates a busy practice on Long Island, N.Y., has authored Buddha Wept, described as "the story of the life of an Asian mystic who survives and ultimately transcends" the Cambodian holocaust of the 1970s.
Lo Bosco is no stranger to the publishing world: his first book of poetry, Across a Distance of Knives, was published in 1982, and his stories and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals. Buddha Wept was released in February 2003; Lo Bosco's second novel, Fire Lake, is scheduled for release in 2004.
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