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Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
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.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
Symposium Sets Stage for Massage Growth
By Editorial Staff
The Canadian Touch Research Institute (CTRC) hosted the second International Symposium on the Science of Touch (ISST), May 12-15, 2004, in Montreal. This event joined presenters, provocateurs and participants from around the globe to strengthen the basis of an international research network and information database in the field of touch.The symposium provided enhanced continuing education opportunities for therapists, and well met its goal of fostering greater professional and financial success for participants.
Speaking about the symposium, ISST Chairman Réal Gaboriault, PhD, said, "This year, we have tried to relay...our passion for building a better world, without violence, where an understanding of our own self and that of others is reached, in at least some of its forms, by the means of touch. To this end, the theme of this year's symposium, 'Towards an Integrative Medicine,' puts the patient ever more at the core of our concerns."
A closed-panel discussion on integrative medicine preceded the symposium opening. Pioneers of integrative medicine from Canada, the U.S., India and Sweden were invited to highlight the results that stimulate them to pursue their work, as well as discuss their personal visions of the medicine of tomorrow.
Symposium presenters and participants were primarily from North America; however, presenters also came from Great Britain, Sweden, India, France, Australia and Korea. Many of the presentations required the use of interpreters, and participants wearing headphones were a common sight, which underscored the truly international nature of the event.
Of the 60-plus presenters, those from the U.S. included Harvard's David Eisenberg, MD, who spoke on "Evolving Models of Integrative Care: 'Be Careful What You Wish For,'" wherein he described the growth of alternative therapies and explored how collaborative teams of conventional and complementary providers could be trained and organized to deliver care superior to that offered by individual practitioners. He asked attendees if they thought they could be functionally "integrated" into mainstream health care delivery systems without being significantly constrained, diminished or co-opted.
Other U.S. presenters:
Research and education presentations were nicely broken up with social functions designed to let people from all nations network and enjoy their differences and similarities. The ISST proved extremely valuable for massage practitioners.
The third ISST is scheduled to convene in 2006 for the first time in the United States. (Location to be determined.) Look to Massage Today for future updates or visit the Canadian Touch Research Institute's Web site at www.kineconcept.com/english/ccrt/index.html.
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