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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
AMTA National Convention a "Diamond Jubilee"
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) celebrated its 60th anniversary during the 2003 National Convention, Oct. 22-26, in Richmond, Va. This year's convention, dubbed the "Diamond Jubilee," included four days of continuing education classes, AMTA Foundation news and research, social events, and trade show exhibits featuring products, services and educational opportunities from hundreds of vendors.
AMTA President Brenda L.Griffith recapped the association's accomplishments over the past year at the annual business meeting, and in her opening remarks, Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas discussed relationship-building within the health care community, and the AMTA's plans for the future. "Your board of directors is committed to fostering relationships that can help advance the profession and create a better environment for massage therapy practice. Relationship development is about representing the best interests of the whole massage therapy profession, in addition to representing the well-being of the public... AMTA envisions the future of the whole profession, and plans into the future for where public demand and the acceptance of massage will be next. We envision that [same] acceptance in health care ..." she said.
National election results were also announced and include newly elected President Laurel Freeman and President-Elect Mary Beth Braun; executive committee Vice-Presidents Leena Guptha and M.K. Brennan Knollmeyer; re-elected member at large Ron McKnight; and newly elected Members at Large Kathy Lea, Glenath Moyle; and George Schwind to the board of directors.
The convention welcomed best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel, an advocate of patient empowerment, as this year's keynote speaker. He discussed the role of love and spirituality in health and healing.
Attendees were able to choose from a wide range of continuing education workshops that included many nationally known educators, including Sandi Fritz, who presented "Ethics and Professionalism"; Dr. Bruno Chikly: "Lymphatic Mapping"; Bob King: "Postural Pain and Foot Pronation"; Cheryl Chapman: "Hands-on for Cancer"; Linda Tellington-Jones: "Introduction to TTouch(tm) for Humans and Animals"; and Benny Vaughn: "USA Sports Massage."
Other presenters included John Calvi, Margo Bowman, Yamuna Zake, Dawn Nelson, June Lordi, Roger Tolle, Suzanne Torrenzano, Claire Marie Miller, and Wayne Perry.
In addition to AMTA-sponsored activities, the AMTA Foundation showcased poster sessions of foundation-funded research, and featured workshops on grant writing, research findings and the foundation's Massage Therapy Research Database. Renowned massage educator Eric Dalton presented a post-convention workshop: "'Dirty Dozen' Myoskeletal Techniques for Neck, Shoulder and Hand Pain," to benefit the foundation.
Additionally, the foundation announced plans to temporarily suspend scholarship distributions while it redesigns the program; new scholarship guidelines will be issued next spring.
Plans for the AMTA 2004 National Convention, scheduled for Oct. 7-10, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn., are already underway. For more information, visit www.amtamassage.org. For more information on the AMTA Foundation, visit www.amtafoundation.org.
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