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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
What are My Choices?
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful. Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves.The first installment of this column focuses on companies that offer resources in the media, including books, videos, reference guides, educational resources, and music - all important components of a successful massage practice.
Arizona Institute of Thai and Oriental Massage: Owned by Winnie Cain, it has been in existence since 1994. One of the first to teach Thai massage in the United States. Products/Services: Thai massage mats, cushions, Thai massage videos, workbooks and workshops. Tel: 480-644-8817; E-mail: ; Web: www.massagethai.com.
Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD): Formerly known as Physical Medicine Research Foundation, CIRPD was founded in 1985 by a massage therapist and is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to bring all health disciplines together to improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with musculoskeletal injuries. CIRPD as an affiliate member of the Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre is committed to the dissemination of evidence-based practical information to health professionals and patients to improve patient care. Products/Services: International multidisciplinary scientific conferences; evidence-informed guidelines for massage therapists on assessment and treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions; patient education materials; research grants; education on research methods and design; web-based resources. Tel: 800-872-3105 (N. Amer.), 604-684-4148 (elsewhere); E-mail: ; Web: www.cirpd.org.
Center For Neuromuscular Reeducation: Tel: 805-687-2111.
David Kent Seminars: David Kent Seminars provides essentials for the Medical Massage Therapist which includes seminars and support products. The human dissection seminars are held at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine. Hands-on and practice building seminars are taught throughout the world. David's home study programs integrate human dissection with hands-on therapy and practical treatment techniques that are available in DVD and video formats. 3-D Software and Postural Analysis Grid Charts(tm) are available. Products/Services: Seminars;Videos / DVDs; Home Study Courses; Postural Analysis Grid Charts(tm); Trigger Point Charts; 3-D Anatomy Software; Personalized Essential Office Forms(tm); Audio Programs; Consulting. Tel: 888-574-5600; E-mail: ; Web: www.davidkent.com.
G-Jo Institute: The G-Jo (pronounced "GEE-joh") Institute is a natural health educational organization founded in 1976 to research, test and share a variety of "self-health" methods from around the world. Of these, G-Jo Acupressure (acupuncture without needles) is perhaps most widely known as offered through our series of home study programs and publications. Products/Services: Master of G-Jo Acupressure Home Study Program; Instructor of G-Jo Acupressure Home Study Program; G-Jo Ear Acupressure (Auriculotherapy); The G-Jo Institute's Acugenics(tm) Self-Health Series. Tel: 828-863-4660; E-mail: ; Web: www.g-jo.com.
Hand Prints: Tel: 860-768-4404.
Lott Productions: Tel: 800-927-7037 Web: www.kellylott.com.
Massage Video Sales: Offers a wide variety of home study continuing education courses all accepted by the NCBTMB, AMTA, ABMP, and most states. You watch the video and/or read the course materials. You complete the provided paperwork to document your practice sessions and a written test. There is no time limit to complete the course. Upon completion, you receive a certificate suitable for framing, and a transcript for your files. Products/Services: Home study courses in Pregnancy, Massage Doula, Infant, Spinal Pain, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Fibromyalgia, Aromatherapy, Spa Therapy, Ethics. Tel: 661-328-9703; Web: www.massagevideosales.com; E-mail: .
Ralph Stephens Seminars, LLC (formerly Helping Hands Seminars 1988-1998): Internationally recognized, award-winning instructor/author, who has been providing the highest quality continuing education seminars for massage professionals since 1989. In 1995, Ralph produced the best selling chair massage video program, Seated Therapeutic Massage, Vol.1, Back & Neck(c), and has since released a total of 14 training videos covering Seated Massage, Sports Massage, Medical Massage, Patient Education and Golf-Flexology(c). Products/Services: Excellent, professionally produced training videos for massage/bodywork professionals, students and schools. Tel: 319-846-2668; E-mail: ; Web: www.ralphstephens.com.
Real Bodywork: Geri and Sean Riehl got their start in the bodywork business as massage therapists and massage therapy instructors of various modalities. Real Bodywork was born 1998 with the creation of our Santa Barbara Massage Cream; we wanted to provide a chemical/preservative free option for their massage students. In 1999, we created our first video and went on to create a comprehensive library of high quality educational videos, utilizing top instructors in various modalities. Products/Services: high-quality videos, massage cream. Tel: 805-898-1539; E-mail: ; Web: www.realbodywork.com.
Repetitive Use Injury Therapy (RUIT)®: We offer continuing education in the Muscle Release TechniqueSM modality. The Muscle Release TechniqueSM is a unique injury therapy that combines compression, extension, movement and breath to give the therapist a tool to provide, in many cases, relief from pain in one treatment. With the Muscle Release TechniqueSM scar tissue is broken up, the muscle is lengthened, muscle memory is restored and relief from pain starts immediately. Products/Services: Three-day intensive training workshops; video/DVD training series available with and without CEU's (covers the basic information taught in the 3-day workshop); video tapes; books; stretch ropes. Tel: 303-674-7948; E-mail: ; Web: www.mrtherapy.com.
Serenity: Serenity has been creating relaxation music, guided imagery, and, now, DVDs since 1985. Selling to over 29,000 health professionals, Serenity has become the world leader in music for the therapist. Serenity provides an audio catalog CD (free of charge) along with retail and wholesale information to support your business. All albums are absolutely guaranteed or return them for full refund. Products/Services: CDs, Cassettes, DVDs. Tel: 800-869-1684; E-mail: ; Web: www.serenitymusic.com.
Spinal Reflex Institute, International (SRI): SRI provides ongoing research and development of Spinal Reflex Analysis (SRA), its clinical application, and educational opportunities. Developed by Dr. Frank Jarrell, SRA is system of procedures and protocols used to identify and treat spinal reflexes and their associated soft tissue reactions. Massage Therapists daily encounter the profound affects of the spinal reflex mechanism at work in their clients. SRA provides direct access to identifying and shutting down the spinal reflex. Products/Services: hands-on seminars; home study programs; books; videos; CDs; DVDs; flipcharts; posters; equipment; and more. Tel: 970-259-5520.
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure / Tallgrass Publishers, LLC: Tallgrass has served the human and animal community for over 14 years by providing acupressure manuals, meridian charts, videos, plus online and hands-on training programs worldwide. Animals Acupressure enhances the benefits of massage and all other healing arts. The Tallgrass training programs are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Participants learn the basic concepts underlying acupressure, assessment tools, treatment protocol, point selection, treatments for specific conditions, and much more. Products/Services: Online and Hands-on Animal Acupressure Training Program/Practitioner Certification Program (180-Hour), books, charts, videos. Tel: 888-841-7211; E-mail: ; Web: www.animalacupressure.com.
Talus Incorporated: Talus is a quality publishing company run by Fiona Rattray, RMT, and Linda Ludwig, RMT, with 20-plus years as educators and over 30 years of clinical experience. Critically acclaimed, their textbook is used by therapists worldwide and in over 300 schools across North America. It is a practical resource therapists consult daily. For educators and students, its comprehensive, accessible format covers pathology, assessment, and treatment plans for most common conditions/injuries. Products/Services: Textbooks. Tel: 519-883-8286; E-mail: ; Web: www.clinicalmassagetherapy.com.
TouchProActive: TouchProActive.com is a 24/7 meeting place for the massage community. Our user-friendly Web site is a "Village Square" featuring discussion boards, private messaging and chat rooms. Share ideas, inspiration and support with colleagues, post free ads in the classified listings, and have access to thought-provoking weekly newsletter articles. To sign up for a free 10-Day trial membership go to our Web site and enter the code in our ad. Tel: 800-999-5026; E-mail: ; Web: www.touchproactive.com.
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