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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?
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
Florida Governor Encourages CranioSacral Therapy and Chiropractic Partnership
By Rebecca J. Razo
Over the last several years, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) has made great strides as a complementary practice in integrative health care. The gentle, light-touch modality, developed through years of scientific research by John Upledger, DO, OMM, and known for its highly therapeutic effects in treating a wide range of disorders, continues to build a steady stream of proponents all over the world.That list continues to grow, with the addition of one of its newest supporters: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Three years ago, Senate Majority Leader Dennis L. Jones, DC, sponsored a state resolution declaring April "CranioSacral Therapy Awareness Month" in Florida. In honor of the occasion and in order to garner more legislative support for the practice, the Upledger Institute (UI) hosted its annual CST Awareness Day March 17 at the state capitol wherein staff members were invited to receive complementary CST sessions. The efforts paid off, and helped lay the groundwork for the possibility of a new working relationship between CST practitioners and chiropractors.
"More than 200 legislators and staff members stopped by for free mini sessions from a dozen CranioSacral Therapy practitioners," said Barb Richmond, UI's director of community relations. One of those staffers was the governor himself, who asked for a CST demonstration in his office. UI staff members Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D, and Dottie Marvel, LMT, CST, happily obliged, and while Desjarlais explained the therapeutic benefits of CST, Marvel demonstrated the technique on the governor.1
"That's when he suggested we work with the new chiropractic college being set up at Florida State University to explore ways our organizations could forge a mutually beneficial relationship," Richmond declared, referring to Senate Bill 2002, a measure Gov. Bush signed into law earlier in the month that allocates $9 million for the formation of a chiropractic college at Florida State University (FSU) - the second public university in the nation to offer a doctor of chiropractic degree.2
Both Dr. Upledger and Alan Adams, DC, PhD, a consultant to FSU on the chiropractic college project, expressed enthusiasm for the governor's proposal. "Cranio-Sacral Therapy complements the chiropractic practice every bit as well as it does massage therapy and many other health care specialties," Dr. Upledger said."There is virtually no limit to how well any dedicated practitioner can perform it."
And Adams expressed interest in building a productive partnership between the two organizations. "As things unfold and they begin to roll the [chiropractic] program out, we'll be able to think of ways we can help, support, and work with UI," he said.3
Currently, practitioners from all over the country are looking at implementing CST Legislative Awareness Days in their states.
For more information on this process, contact the UI at 800-233-5880 or visit www.upledger.com.
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