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Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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?
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
Hats Off! FSMTA Celebrates Another Successful Convention
By Editorial Staff
ORLANDO - The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) held its annual convention, June 24-27, 2004, at the beautiful Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort.This year's convention titled,'"Hats Off to the FSMTA: Celebrating 65 Years of Health and Healing," featured a diverse mix of presenters, exhibitors and attendees, which made for the most successful convention in FSMTA's history, according to FSMTA Executive Director Bob Smallwood, LMT.
"Twenty-six educational sessions featured the top educators in the massage profession; 76 companies showcased their products to over 2,200 attendees. This would make it the largest attended massage therapy convention in the world," he enthused.
No doubt, conference organizers knew the event was off to a good start when over 200 massage therapists and massage therapy students attended the debut of the Successful Start Program: Tips to Kick Start a Successful Massage Practice, a free practice-building seminar for new and veteran massage therapists, held the night before the convention (see "New Program Endeavors to Educate and Inspire," May 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/05/02.html).
"The goal was to have 100 attendees at this event," shared FSMTA President Michael McGillicuddy. "We went so far as to plan for 150 and were very pleased with the 200 number."
The Successful Start Program's panel of experts discussed various aspects of establishing and maintaining a massage practice, including leadership; setting up an office; starting a house-call business; public relations and networking; insurance billing; product retailing; patient self-care; and issues related to Florida law.
The next day, the exhibit hall opened for a half-day, followed by the membership dinner, which featured keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains. For the next two days, conference attendees chose from a number of educational sessions with other prominent industry leaders, including Bruce Baltz, Erik Dalton, Barry Gillespie, David Kent, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, Aaron Mattes, Pete Pfannerstill, James Waslaski and Pete Whitridge. Other workshop presenters included Dee Ahern, Mya Breman, Alaya Chikly, Sheryl McGavin, and Drs. John and Lisa Upledger, all sponsored by the Upledger Institute.
In addition to a three-course meal, awards presentation and live band, the Saturday evening banquet and dance included a moving tribute to Cheryn McGillicuddy, wife of Michael McGillicuddy. Cheryn, who died unexpectedly late last fall, was a dedicated massage therapist and played a role in many association activities. She was awarded the 2004 Performance Health Inc. (PHI)/FSMTA Humanitarian Award posthumously by PHI Vice-President of Marketing Perry Isenberg for "unselfishly helping others in need." Michael accepted the award on his wife's behalf (see tribute below).
Florida state Rep. Frank Farkas received the Legislator of the Year award, while Betsy Collins (Office of State Sen. Dennis L. Jones, DC) and Kay Rousseau (Office of State Sen. James E. King) received awards for being "Friends of Massage Therapy." The Charles Canfield award went to Pete Whitridge, and Massage Magazine, Massage Today, and David Kent were each presented with the FSMTA President's Award for Leadership.
FSMTA Treasurer Maureen Gilbert was recognized as the Massage Therapist of the Year. "The FSMTA annual convention is a highlight on my calendar," said Gilbert. "It is that time of year when the profession unites to learn new techniques, exchange ideas, connect with friends, make new friends and have fun. I just want to say thank you FSMTA for another outstanding convention and thank you to all the hardworking volunteers," she said.
Although next year's convention, scheduled for June 30-July 3, 2005, at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Fla., is still many months away, leaders at the FSMTA have plenty to keep them busy. "The FSMTA's future plans include the creation of an educational foundation, extensive legislative and legal work to protect the Florida licensed massage therapist scope of practice, and a video to promote the benefits of massage therapy to the public and other health care professionals," revealed Bob Smallwood.
For more information on the FSMTA, visit www.fsmta.org.
Editor's note: The 2004 Performance Health Inc./FSMTA Humanitarian Award was presented to Cheryn McGillicuddy posthumously at the FSMTA banquet on Saturday, June 26, 2004. FSMTA President Michael McGillicuddy accepted the award on behalf of his wife from Perry Isenberg, vice-president of marketing for Performance Health, Inc. The inscription on the plague is below, followed by Mr. Isenberg's presentation.
Cheryn always loved nature. She loved the beach. She liked to take care of injured birds, raccoons, stray cats and dogs. She learned to scuba dive, fly airplanes, skydive and even bungee jump. She liked to challenge her fears. Cheryn lived a life of service to others.
She joined the police explorers while she was in high school and became a Brevard County sheriff's deputy as soon as she was of eligible age. She chose law enforcement because she wanted to help people. She served in law enforcement for twelve years until she became a massage therapist.
Cheryn graduated from the Reese Institute in 1993, where she met Michael McGillicuddy. They were married in May of 1995 and shared the love of massage together.
Some of Cheryn's accomplishments are: She was the first massage therapy coordinator for the Disney Health Show and received an Outstanding Service Award from the AMTA for her service. For the FSMTA, Cheryn wrote the FSMTA Code of Ethics. She chaired the FLAME [Florida Association of Massage Education] Committee; she received both the chapter and state sports massage therapist of the year awards; and she was selected to present her body sculpting work for the FSMTA/Australian Exchange. She loved sports massage, CORE myofascial work, and was certified in and assisted teaching pre- and perinatal massage. Cheryn coordinated massage at the 1996 Olympic Soccer Venue in Orlando, Florida. The Board of Massage Therapy gave her a letter of excellence for her mentoring work, and she also became a CEU provider in laws and ethics for the state of Florida.
Some of Cheryn's passions: She was an artist and weaved dreamcatchers; she supported the Native American Indian rituals; she loved helping massage students succeed in attaining their licenses; she was a friend to almost everyone; and she loved her family dearly.
Cheryn's favorite charity was the Coalition for the Homeless; nothing can be worse than having no place to call home. PHI will give $500 to the Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless. The 2004 PHI/FSMTA Humanitarian award goes to Cheryn McGillicuddy for her selfless service.
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