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An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
Massage to Play Prominent Role at Athens Games
By Editorial Staff
The Olympic Games will return to its roots in Athens, Greece, Aug. 13-29, 2004, wherein over 10,000 athletes from 202 countries will compete in 28 sporting events, and 4,000 athletes from 145 countries will compete in 20 events in the Paralympic Games, Sept.17-28.1
This is the first Olympics to be held in Greece since the games' revival in 1896 from ancient times, making this year's event especially poignant; on hand to support the athletes as they compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals will be massage therapists from all over the world. Two of the organizations that worked to facilitate massage therapy at the Olympic Games include the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Athens Health Services Sports Massage Team 2004 (AHSSMT).
A 46-person volunteer medical staff composed of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, chiropractors, pharmaceutical experts and two massage therapists, has been organized by the USOC to work exclusively with the U.S. athletes at the sports venues, Olympic Village, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Sara M. Delano, CMT, massage therapy coordinator for the USOC, and one of two massage therapists appointed to the medical team, is thrilled to be a part of this unique experience.2,3
"Working on elite athletes of this caliber is a great honor and joy for me. Their dedication and desire to excel and perform encourages me as a massage therapist to excel at my job and do my part in helping them recover, and prepare for training and competition," she said.3
To qualify for the USOC medical team, massage therapists were required to have a minimum of 750 hours of education and five years of massage experience, a significant portion of which had to include sports massage. Additionally, massage therapy applicants were required to volunteer at one of three Olympic training camps, as well as other Olympic training events, where they were further evaluated and then invited to participate in Summer or Winter Olympic Games. Christine Tan, CMT, of New York City, was one such applicant invited to participate in the Summer Games as part of the USOC team.3
While the USOC medical team will work exclusively with U.S. athletes, volunteers with the AHSSMT, an international massage team made up of therapists from 18 countries, including England, China, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Russia and the U.S., will have the opportunity to work with athletes from around the globe.4,5
Massachusetts massage therapist Anna Gammal, a native of Greece and former 2nd and 3rd National Champion of Greece in 3,000- and 10,000-meter runs, respectively, played a key role in organizing the AHSSMT, a process that took two years.4,5,6
The Athens 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, which is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Athens games, was initially unenthusiastic about including massage therapy in the fold of athlete medical care; however, persistence reigned supreme. Gammal joined forces with CORE Institute founder and second-generation Greek, George Kousaleos, and together the two formed a committee of experienced international massage therapists to include three additional members with strong ties to the Olympics: Bryan Buckley, a team leader of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games; Roger Olbrot, Director of the Winter Sports Massage Team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics; and Stanley Mavridis, also a native of Greece and a leading sports massage therapist in London, where he works with champion track and field athletes.4,5,6
The committee drafted a proposal and presented it to the Athens Organizing Committee. The proposal was accepted, and the AHSSMT became the official international massage team accepted by the organizing committee to provide massage at the Games.
Although many countries like the U.S. will provide their own massage teams, and some athletes will likely have private massage therapists traveling with them, several thousand other athletes will not have immediate access to massage therapy. These are the athletes the AHSSMT will work with.4,6
Out of over 600 applicants, the AHSSMT was limited to teams of 100 therapists for the Olympics and 60 for the Paralympics for logistical reasons. These therapists will be assigned to work at the training venues, as well as the various sporting events and athlete residential areas; moreover, Gammal was quick to emphasize that the AHSSMT will work only with Olympic athletes, not on VIPs, family members, or members of the media, as was the case at the Sydney Games in 2000.4
Additionally, because therapists are volunteering their services, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has agreed to provide an honorarium of up to $500 to each professional active member who is a part of the AHSSMT.7
Because of their shared heritage, Gammal, Kousaleos and Mavridis are especially excited to see the Olympics return to Athens. "My maternal grandmother was a massage therapist from Greece," says Kousaleos reflectively, "The idea of bringing massage back to Athens is important at this point in time when there are no [massage] standards, no professional training."
Kousaleos and the other AHSSMT committee members hope that their efforts to bring massage to the Olympics will help raise awareness about the important role massage therapy plays in medicine and open the door to having massage recognized as a viable form of health care, as well as mandatory inclusion in the medical care offered at future Olympic Games.4,5
"It's about time massage therapy was known," asserts Gammal. "Thousands of years ago, the Greeks used massage therapy to treat their athletes."
Kousaleos agrees. "I'm hoping this is the beginning," he says, "of reinstating massage to one of its birthplaces."
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