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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I'm hoping you'll remember my editorial concerning rule changes to the massage licensing law in North Carolina (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/04/11.html).I recently received a response from the attorney representing the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (NCBMBT). I was flattered and amazed at the response. I am always flattered when I find that someone actually reads my editorials to discover my perspectives and points of view! I was amazed though, that the North Carolina board felt my opinions were worth generating a four-page letter in response. I want to thank both the NCBMBT and its attorney for taking the time to respond. It is important that awareness and exploration of issues precedes action. The letter was an attempt to "set the record straight" from their perspective. I wish I could print the letter, but it is far too long; however, you can view it at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/12.html.
The attorney's letter stated that my editorial did a disservice to Massage Today readers by making false and misleading statements and discrediting his agency. From my perspective, the attorney suggested that my criticisms were made necessary because of the mission of his board. The actual practice act states:
While I understand his need to effectively represent his client, I think the lawyer missed the point - much as the North Carolina Board missed the boat on effective regulation. He does state that the board has many responsibilities and costs, but is limited in its funding, which makes me want to rethink some of my criticisms of how it regulates schools; it makes me hope that what appears to be unfair treatment of small proprietary schools and community colleges is due to a funding compromise, as opposed to a spiteful act.
Having met this attorney several years ago at a meeting of the (now defunct) National Alliance of State Massage Therapy Boards, I believe that he has a desire to have fair and effective legislation associated with his work. I just wish that the practicing massage therapists that he counsels passed on to him more of the realities of our profession, and after re-reading his response many times, I stand by almost all of my original opinions; however, I do need to correct one of my comments.
In my editorial, I said "There is a requirement to report others' violation of NC rules within 10 days or be subject to the same penalties as the person causing violation." Unfortunately, this was information given to me that I did not sufficiently fact-check; in fact, it is not true that failure to report would result in the same penalty as the person committing a violation. Thanks to the board's letter to me, I find that failure to report is a minor infraction, which would result in smaller fines and a lighter disciplinary sanction. I apologize for my misstatement.
On another note, I hope everyone reads Rebecca Razo's article, "Setting the Record Straight: Massage Gets a Bad Rap in National Report" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/02.html). A frequently quoted physician was interviewed for a piece that appeared in print and on T.V. in several major media markets. His perceived messages to the public indicated that 15 percent of massage patients need corrective treatment following massage and that "thin people" should avoid deep-tissue massage because of potential injury. The fact that these statements were made by a physician and carried by major regional network news outlets brought credibility to the story. Unfortunately, that "credibility" is only the appearance of truth, and borders on hypocrisy. I am not shocked that a physician chose to pull bogus statistics out of the air, but I am shocked that these claims were made by a DO, presumably trained in the efficacy of manual techniques to facilitate homeostasis.
I have no doubt that these messages about potential massage pitfalls will have adverse effects on those "on the fence" about whether massage could be a solution to their discomfort. That is most unfortunate, as more people will now likely be dealing with unnecessary effects of stress and dysfunction than would have otherwise. This indicates to me that we need to continue publishing all the research data on touch we can find; it is also proof-positive that if we want to expand our practices, our existing patients/clients are the most important people on the earth!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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