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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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 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.
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.
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
We Get Letters & E-Mail
By Editorial Staff
"A touch condescending"
This letter is in response to Steve Miller's Arizona center and the article, "Advanced Certification: The Future of Massage Therapy?" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/02/02.html).While I applaud Mr. Miller for his efforts to enhance the practice of massage by raising skill levels, he should realize where the average massage practitioner's head is. I, for one, would like to see another level [of education] added for seasoned, dedicated and skilled practitioners. Ralph Stephens had a great name for this position: Soft Tissue Specialist; however, I do not feel that mastering courses like calculus is necessary. A four-year bachelor's degree may be asking too much for therapists who are well past the age of 40, but may have 10 years or more of massage experience. I have a bachelor's degree and enough extra courses - albeit in differing fields of study - for a master's degree.
In fairness, I feel [Miller's] center should be open to considering practitioners with a two-year associate's degree and five years or more of massage therapy experience, plus required CEUs and documented community service. They may have to pass an entrance exam, also. This should be enough to propel a therapist to a higher certification. Also, as massage practitioners, we do not need to "kowtow" to the allopathic establishment.
If the only reason for advancement in "real" health care is to bill insurance, then I feel (as I am sure many other massage therapists do) that this is not a necessary degree. Remember, as massage therapists, we would be the "low man on the totem pole" - below physical therapists. Do we really want to adhere to the system of "sick" care and greed? We would lose our holistic-minded focus and intent. Until every state has insurance laws like Washington - where insurance pays for massage in all instances - this therapist wishes little or no part of the insurance world's mess. I feel that Steve Miller's original idea and intent for our profession is worthy of consideration, but some kinks need to be worked out before many massage practitioners, such as myself, give their heartfelt approval.
Harry Waranch BA, LMT,CNMT
Maybe I am taking this the wrong way, but does anyone not find the new DMT Certification a touch condescending? It almost seems like it is stating that DMT certification is better than an LMT. I think that it is awful that providers in Arizona won't take claims from massage therapists, but I believe that it is a ridiculous notion to try to create a certification for insurance companies to accept massage therapy - especially with the certification requirements that the DMT program requires. It would seem that Mr. Miller made the criteria based on qualifications that he has already achieved - regardless of his real skill - because everyone knows that "book smart" is helpful but does not make you a good massage therapist. His advanced certification is based completely on what you know, as opposed to how effective you are. Plus, it is extremely elitist, and, I believe, disenfranchises the existing [massage] community and will cause a division within the community. A more effective way to have insurance companies recognize massage is to keep doing what has been done: validating massage therapy, not individual therapists - as Mr. Miller proposes to do.
In addition to calculus and statistics, Steve forgot to include a background in quantum physics, advanced human psychoanalysis, and anthropology in his new advanced massage therapy program. Some public service on the Space Shuttle might also be helpful. Sorry, he hit my sarcastic nerve.
Dennis Diehl, LMT
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