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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.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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