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Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
What Are My Choices?
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful. Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves.This installment focuses on companies that offer office software and business management resources - important components of a successful massage practice.
Island Software: Tel: 877-384-0295 Web: www.islandsoftware.com.
Land Software: Tel: 202-237-2733 Web: www.landsw.com.
The MIKAL Corporation: Founded in 1981 with the goal of providing the beauty industry with the ultimate management and marketing tools. Since then, MIKAL has helped over 2,500 salons and spas operate more efficiently and more profitably by concentrating on four areas of the business: 1.) Eliminating paperwork with computer systems; 2.) Creating powerful marketing programs; 3.) Reducing inventory on-hand costs and cutting inventory time; 4.) Creating a compensation and goal setting system. Products/Services: Salon/Spa Management Software System (SMS), SMS Lite, Online Booking system, Salon Builder Website builder and Onsite training. Tel: 800-448-5420; E-mail: ; Web: www.mikal.com.
Natural Wellness® and The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Established in 1996 to provide you with tools and ideas for personal and professional growth to benefit you and your clients. Products/Services: Over 28 home study Category A continuing education programs, accepted by the NCBTMB, ABMP, AMTA, Florida Board of Massage as well as most other state boards.
ProSolutions Software, LLC: a division of e-Card Exchange, LLC. Affordable and easy to use salon and spa software. We have a product to fit your needs and budget. Complete with appointment book, client database, marketing, inventory, point of sale, gift cards/gift certificates, series, payroll and all commission structures. QuickBooks Interface and Online Booking. Products/Services: Salon and Spa management software/hardware. Tel: 800-710-3879 E-mail: ; Web: www.prosalon.com.
Success Beyond Work: An innovative marketing company assisting massage therapists and bodyworkers in creating successful, prosperous practices. We teach therapists how to survive and thrive by increasing their clientele and income without working more hours via our marketing program, book and products, business consultations and workshops. Our web site offers free business tips, a free monthly Massage E-Success Newsletter, and a free consultation questionnaire for our business consultation services. Products/Services: Massage Marketing Program; Massage Software, Insurance Billing Manual, and the Massage Kit Office Forms. E-mail: ; Web: www.successbeyondwork.com.
Wellness Watchers International, Inc.: Donald L. Hayes is founder and President of Wellness Watchers International, Inc. Don received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oregon and graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1977. After 15 years of private practice, Don founded a company that developed wellness & nutritional programs for all types of providers. Wellness Watchers is dedicated to providing superior products, marketing and educational materials to help practitioners improve the health of their clients for the greater good of all. Products/Services: The Evergreen Program: Simple Business System, The Healthy Living Program, The ActualAge & Anti-Aging & Wellness Programs, Auto-Pilot Marketing. Tel: 800-714-7746 E-mail: ; Web: www.wellnesswatchers.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758 or .
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