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Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
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.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
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.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
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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