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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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