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Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
News In Brief
By Editorial Staff
COMTA Executive Director Announces Retirement
Carole Ostendorf, executive director of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), has announced she will retire this summer.Ostendorf, who has been with COMTA for the last five years, is expected to leave her post in June.
"My time with COMTA has provided an opportunity to learn, to meet many passionate and committed individuals in the field of massage therapy and bodywork, and to share their vision for the field," said Ostendorf in a COMTA press release. "It has been a privilege to participate in the development of educational standards within this developing profession."
Under Ostendorf's leadership, COMTA received U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognition as the only agency to accredit massage and bodywork educational institutions. Ostendorf's departure will coincide with the commission's June 2004 USDE-recognition renewal hearing in Washington, D.C. COMTA is currently seeking to fill open positions. For information, visit www.comta.org.
Historical Massage Museum Debuts in Washington
After 20 years in development, the World of Massage Museum (WOMM) officially opened its doors April 2-3 in Spokane, Wash.
The WOMM, created from the private collection of artifacts by Massage Magazine publisher Robert Calvert and his wife, Judi, will include 6,000 square feet of exhibits, including prints, paintings and drawings; massage tables and chairs; liniments; body rollers; instructional aids; and a library. Among the collection of items is a 1,000-year-old jade massage knuckle from China, and a massage couch, circa 1885.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday and has a store with various massage supplies available for purchase. Visit www.worldofmassagemuseum.com for more information.
New Leadership in NCBTMB's Future
As of April 5, Christine Niero, PhD, officially resigned her position as executive director for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Niero served as executive director for seven years during which time the NCBTMB received accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
"Christine has been a true asset to this organization," said NCBTMB Chair, Garnet Adair. "We understand her desire to pursue other opportunities in the credentialing arena, and we wish her nothing but the best."
According to one insider, the current NCBTMB system is "thought by many to be less than user friendly; many in the professional massage industry hope that this change in senior staff represents a new era in the relationship NCBTMB has with its certificants and stakeholders."
William Stoehs, a public member on the board, has been named to chair the executive director search committee. In the interim, Susan Nicolais will act as NCBTMB's primary contact.
A Life of Organized Crime? Fuhgeddaboudit! Former "Mobster" Pursues Career in Massage Therapy
If it's true that any publicity is good publicity, then the "hits" scored by the massage therapy profession on the March 14 and April 4 episodes of the HBO crime/drama series, "The Sopranos," should fare better than "a rat in The Program" (Translation: a snitch in the Witness Protection Program).
After 15 years behind bars, Tony Blundetto is out and ready to make a new life for himself. "I got my associate's degree already," he tells his mob-boss cousin, Tony Soprano, over breakfast. "Took me five years," he continues. "And now like only six months more for my massage license." "So you wanna run a massage parlor?" Soprano grunts.
But Blundetto, played by actor Steve Buscemi, is unmoved. Newly indoctrinated into the culture of bodywork, he soberly informs "Big T" that he fully intends to play it straight by becoming a "licensed massage therapist." Later in the same episode, Blundetto whips out his massage chair to practice his technique on some of Soprano's crew.
And massage was referenced again in the April 4 episode: Blundetto, clearly up on his physiology studies, questions a medical doctor about the injuries of a friend involved in a car accident. Impressed by his knowledge, the doctor asks, "Are you a physician?" "No," Blundetto replies matter-of-factly, "I'm a pre-board certified massage therapist."
No word yet on whether Blundetto will join the AMTA or ABMP.
Nothing to Get Stressed About
Massage therapists know stress - they see it manifested in the bodies of their clients every day in the form of pain, headaches and hypertension. Left untreated - or worse, undetected - stress can have lasting physical and emotional consequences. Believing the key to combating stress lies in its immediate detection, New York massage therapist Michael De Feo invented the Portable Tension and Stress Detector, a battery-operated device about the size of a cell phone that warns users with a low audible sound when stress levels in the body begin to rise. The device is small enough to fit into a pocket or handbag.
Users attach one to three of the device's electrodes to any muscle group in the body that holds stress, such as the neck or shoulder muscles. The electrodes monitor the electrical impulses from the nerves in the muscle group; when tension in those muscles exceeds the preset level, the device notifies the user. Users can then make conscious efforts to lower their stress levels through deep breathing, imagery, or meditation techniques.
De Feo affirms that over time, use of the Portable Tension and Stress Detector will teach users to stop the stress before it even starts. "It teaches people how to stay calm," he said in an interview with The Journal News. "After using it for awhile, you don't need to use it anymore because you get to know how to stay in a relaxed state."1
De Feo, who is searching for a manufacturer for the device, is currently working with an engineer on a wireless version. For more information, contact Michael De Feo at 914-967-7369.
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