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The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
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).
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
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. This installment focuses on companies that offer lotions, oils, analgesics, linen cleaners and other similar items - all important components of a successful massage practice.
All in One Linens: Tel: 866-299-0803; Web: www.allinonelinens.com.
Aviana Body Products and Body Work: Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all individuals, including those living with cancer, pain or extreme stress. Based on meticulous study of ancient wisdom and healing techniques, coupled with the latest scientific studies, we have developed our products and services with loving intent to provide gentle, therapeutic support and to help remind the mind-body-spirit of its inherent wholeness and healing power. Products/Services: Products include a signature blend of nine essential oils in an all-natural massage oil, essential oil, body lotion and body mist, as well as a post-breast cancer support pillow. Tel: 717-533-1759; Web: www.avianabody.com; E-mail: .
Beauty with Nature: Has been making products especially for massage practitioners since 1995. We focus on products that maintain the maximum purity possible and are very competitive in the marketplace. Products/Services: Massage lotion, massage oil, massage balm, essential oils, paraffin wax, oil-removing laundry detergent, visco-memory foam pillows, massage tables, private labeling. Tel: 888-295-6457; E-mail: .
Best of Nature: Tel: 800-228-6457; Web: www.bestofnature.com.
biO2 Cosmeceuticals International: One of the nation's leaders is post recovery and anti-aging products for the physicians market. Our products have been clinically tested for safety and effectiveness at a major university with astounding results. We have been selling to leading physicians worldwide for over seven years. Let us show YOU how to enter the fast growing and profitable anti-aging market. Products/Services: include a complete line of anti-aging products based on our exclusive ingredient Amino-Plex. Tel: 800-499-1372; Web: www.oxymist.com; E-mail: .
Boston Jojoba Company: Boston Jojoba grows jojoba seed on its Arizona farm. It sells the extract of the seed, world-wide, to massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, aromatherapists, schools, spas, resorts, retail health stores and manufacturers of professional and personal care products. Products/Services: Expeller pressed HobaCare Jojoba (100% Pure). HobaCare Jojoba is certified organic. Tel: 800-256-5622; Web: www.bostonjojoba.com; E-mail: .
Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skin Care & Cosmetics: The premier line of Skin Care, Facial Foundation, Bath, Body and Spa products is currently celebrating 60 years of proven results. Contains pharmaceutical and natural grade ingredients. The Gerda Spillmann line carries the prestigious "Swiss Crossbow" symbol of quality and excellence. No animals are harmed in the production of Gerda Spillmann products. Products/Services: Complete line of Skin Care, Facial Foundation, Bath, Body and Spa Products. Professional Back bar sizes available. Tel: 800 282-3223; Web: www.gerdaspillmann.com; E-mail: .
Green Valley Aromatherapy: was founded in 1995 and enjoys an excellent reputation in the industry. Our team includes trained aromatherapists who are keenly aware of purity and quality issues. Their attention to detail ensures consistent, highest quality products and ethical business dealings. Our research into new products, suppliers and health information makes us responsive to changes that occur within the industry. We are committed to providing you with top-quality products sourced from around the world. Products/Services: Over 85 therapeutic grade, pure essential oils, carrier oils and bases, Retail Ready line, All Natural skincare line. Tel: 877-572-7662; Web: www.57aromas.com; E-mail: .
Khepra Skin Care, Inc.: All Khepra Skin Care products are based on the study of ancient Egyptian healers, who were some of the first to use the art of aromatherapy and the blending of essential oils to provide healing benefits. These ancient healers were renowned for their seemingly magical balms and ointments, many of which were blends of natural beeswax and certain rare essential oils. This is the basis for nearly all Khepra products. Products/Service: Khepra Foot Balm, Khepra Oasis Breeze Massage Therapy Lotion, Khepra Nefertiti's Touch Massage Therapy Lotion, Khepra Unscented Massage Therapy Lotion, Khepra Egyptian Aura Massage Oil, Khepra Essence of the Nile Massage Oil, Khepra Unscented Massage Oil, Khepra Skin Therapy Créme, Khepra Cuticle Oil, Khepra Foot Spray. Tel: 800-367-9799; Web: www.khepracare.com; E-mail: .
O'Malley & Potter: Help alleviate pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, stress, and more. Augment your body/energy work with lotions formulated with therapeutic quality essential oils. Claudia O'Malley's pain relief products developed from her own need to find relief from fibromyalgia symptoms and its related disorders. As she discovered the "remedies" she made for herself gave more relief than the prescriptions from the doctors, she shared these lotions with others, and soon a clientele was formed, and then a thriving business. "Feel-Good" Products/Services: Muscle Relief, "It Hurts Everywhere" Relief, Stress-Headache-and-Bodyache Relief, Inflammation Relief, Blue Magic, Fluid Retention Relief, Myofascial Release Relief, Synergy blend Inhalers, and much more. Newly added "Pamper" Products include: Perfume, Body Oils, Body Powders, Milk & Honey Lotions, Shea Body Butters, and Bath Salts. Please go to our web site for detailed information regarding use, and product ingredients - all pure and natural - no alcohol or petroleum products. Tel: 425-788-8174; Web: feelgoodproducts.com; Email: .
Performance Health: Tel: 800-Bio Freeze; Web: www.biofreeze.com.
Thermal Comfort Inc.: Tel: 866-660-WARM; Web: www.thermalcomfortinc.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.
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