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East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
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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