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The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
Strength in Numbers: Holistic Health Schools Form Alliance
By Michael Devitt
For several months, administrators at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) have considered new ways of strengthening the school's ties with a local branch of Southwest Acupuncture College and the Rolf Institute, a pair of neighboring holistic health institutions.The idea gained momentum this past December, when the Rolf Institute moved to a new location in Boulder less than a mile from the BCMT and Southwest campuses, prompting administrators at BCMT and the other schools to create an informal alliance that could allow for open houses, cross-training between programs, and other benefits for students and the public. "We're all involved in restoring health in an individual, and we all do it without the use of allopathic drugs, based on a holistic view of the human body," said Valerie Hobbs, Southwest's campus director. "There are things about being a health care practitioner that are common, regardless of modality."
The alliance is already creating new opportunities for students. Last October, for instance, BCMT held a free book-signing event and invited students from the three institutions. More than 100 students attended, which spurred school leaders to consider offering other attractions, such as public forums and panel discussions. Students who attend one of the colleges also benefit by receiving discounted services at the other two schools, such as discounted massage and Rolfing treatments. Program leaders believe that allowing students to experience other healing methods broadens their knowledge of different forms of care, and could make them more inclined to refer future patients to other practitioners. According to an article in the Boulder County Business Report, some academic "blending" has already begun as a result of the alliance. Southwest recently hired a person trained at BCMT to teach its shiatsu class, and BCMT offers an Asian bodywork curriculum similar to the one taught at the acupuncture college.
Administrators at each college have also discussed the possibility of participating in shared health-fair booths, joint workshops and a film series, and the alliance may eventually include elective course credit offered when students from one institution take a class at the other two. According to Ms. Hobbs, however, Southwest's accreditation process currently prohibits the school from offering classes to people who aren't officially enrolled at the college.
One of the more controversial aspects of the alliance involves the prospect of all three schools being housed on the same campus, offering separate programs but sharing space, administrative staff and resources. The Boulder County Business Report article noted that BCMT President Barbara Bollmann was in favor of creating such a campus within the next five years. Three years remain on BCMT's lease; however, the Rolf Institute just began a seven-year lease at its new location, and officials at Southwest have their own goals in mind. "The college has a long-range plan to own its own building," Hobbs said. "So, if that opportunity were to happen at the right place and the right time, we'd be interested. We've only been in our building for two years, and we're quite happy where we are."
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