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Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
By Editorial Staff
Elizabeth Arden Spas Introduce Progressive New Massage Program
During October's national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons and Spas launched its "Unlock the Cure Campaign," a company-wide breast cancer awareness program.As part of the program, the spa introduced the Elizabeth Arden Breast Surgery Massage, a 50-minute treatment touted as the first of its kind in a spa setting. The massage is designed especially for women who have undergone mastectomy and other breast surgeries to aid the healing and recovery process. The breast massage treatment will be available at select Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas and Mario Tricoci Spa locations nationwide for $80 for a single treatment or $420 for six treatments.
This Poster Can Help Save Lives
The International Medical Spa Association (IMSA), Skin, Inc., and the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) have teamed up to sponsor a new poster, "The ABCDs of Melanomas." Its aim is to educate therapists and clients about the warning signs of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that affects more than 51,000 people in the U.S. each year.
The goal is for the poster to be displayed in medical and day spa treatment rooms internationally. "The therapists in the medical, day and resort/destination spas are in the unique position to serve as a first line of defense in identifying potential melanomas in the early stage, then refer their clients for appropriate medical diagnosis," said IMSA Executive Director Hannelore Leavy. "The poster will assist in the education of therapists and their clients regarding the early warning signs."
The poster costs $20.95 and can be ordered through the IMSA Web site at www.medicalspaassociation.com or by phone at 201-865-2065. Proceeds will benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for the disease. Learn more about the Melanoma Research Foundation at www.melanoma.org.
Dental "Spas" Quickly Gaining Momentum
Getting people to visit a dentist can be like, well, pulling teeth. But some dentists hope to change that trend by introducing spa treatments into their practices. All over the country, "dental spas" are gaining popularity with the hope that offering services such as reflexology, aromatherapy and massage will help deflect patient fears associated with the dentist's office.
Shirley Brown, DMD, PhD, a practicing dentist and clinical psychologist recently spoke at the American Dental Association's 144th Annual Session, wherein she discussed the importance of creating a comfortable atmosphere for patients. "Over a quarter of adults surveyed said they hadn't visited a dentist in over five years due to fear of pain," said Brown in a release issued by the ADA. "Pediatric dentists [create] a happy, relaxing atmosphere for children's dental care by decorating their offices in bright colors and offering things like child-sized furniture, toys and fish tanks. Now, a growing number of dentists are creating the same effect for adults by offering pampering amenities," she added.
Clearly, the spa concept continues to grow in new and unique directions. For more information on this and other spa-related trends, visit the International Spa Association (ISPA) at www.experienceispa.com.
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