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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
September, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 09
Expedition Costa Rica a Rewarding Experience
By Gwen Coveny, BA, CMT
Expedition Costa Rica July 2003 was a volunteer project led by Elvis Mairena, a Costa Rican native and massage therapist currently practicing in New Jersey who uses his skills to provide healing touch to people in need.Our group of massage therapists learned of the expedition through the International Massage Association and the Somerset School of Massage Therapy (SSMT), where Elvis just completed a year of training.
I helped coordinate the expedition, which included a total of seven volunteers, all of whom paid their own travel expenses. In addition to Elvis and myself, other volunteers were Paula Suyehiro, BS, CMT, from Marin County, Calif.; Jessica Kansiz, a massage therapist from New Brunswick, N.J.; SSMT students Amanda Whitehead and Rebecca Morse; and MaryAlyn Garcia, a friend from Arizona who assisted us with Spanish translation.
We spent our first day administering massage at Manos Abiertos ("Open Hands"), a convent for disabled children. These children were afflicted with Down syndrome; paralysis; blindness; and major deformities. Some of the children were on respirators. Most were mentally disadvantaged; many couldn't speak at all. Some children were confined to cribs and could only be lightly massaged or given energy through hand placement. It was emotionally difficult at times, but these children appreciated the touch.
We also worked in a children's clinic in Orotina, where we massaged disabled children and their parents, many of whom traveled from several hours away to experience massage. During the sessions, we worked with clothed individuals on massage tables; mats; regular chairs; and in wheelchairs, depending on their conditions.
We worked with elderly patients at a home called Albergue del Anciano ("Inn of the Ancients") in Quepos. This was particularly rewarding, as many of the patients told us about their lives, and expressed their happiness over having visitors. One man who had been paralyzed for years miraculously experienced some movement in his legs after a massage by Elvis and Amanda! Despite the disfiguring conditions of many patients, most were proud to be in their 80s and commented that they wanted to live longer.
Most of the places where we worked were small, run-down clinics. There was a great deal of poverty, but the patients were clean and well-cared-for by the nurses and staff members, who showed a lot of love and dedication. The staff also seemed to appreciate the attention and touch we provided to their patients.
We learned so much and fought back many tears during this humbling experience. We found the Ticos (native Costa Ricans) to be very kind, humorous and generous people. We were often reminded of how fortunate we are to have our health, and of the relative wealth many of us enjoy in the United States. We learned how to use our massage skills to reach out in ways we hadn't known were possible - it was truly amazing.
Plans for future expeditions are already underway. If you would like more information, please contact Elvis Mairena at (732) 754-4963.
The following expedition volunteers can be contacted with comments and/or questions:
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