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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
Reiki Practitioners SPARK Healing
By Rebecca J. Razo
It's a beautiful September day in New York City. At a perfect 72 degrees, a slight breeze dusts the clear sky and gently waves an American flag raised high atop a pole directly in front of Ground Zero.The mood is somber and reverent as people gather to remember those who lost their lives exactly three years earlier. Some weep; some leave flowers and letters; some sing; others just stare in awe at the gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood majestically over the city.
A few miles down the road at Washington Square Park, dog walkers, vendors, street performers, locals and tourists are out in full force, making the most of the beautiful day. In a grassy corner of the park, a group of Reiki practitioners known as SPirited Action, Release and Kindness (SPARK) have set up shop and are providing free Reiki sessions throughout the day.
SPARK was organized on the first anniversary of Sept. 11 as a way to help facilitate healing. Massage Today (MT) had the opportunity to speak with SPARK Executive Director Dave Gorczynski (DG), who goes by the name Kaiyo, about this unique organization.
MT: How did this project come about?
DG: Shortly following Sept. 11, my friend Richard Kanter and I could see that it would be easy for people to hold onto the tragedy of that day, but very few would remember the many positive memories, such as the volunteers who came from all parts of the United States to help, and the incredible selflessness that took place. It was a real testament to human resiliency. I was a Reiki master and he was studying CranioSacral Therapy, and we decided to offer our services to the public on the first anniversary of 9/11, since we knew it would be a stressful period.
We talked about it for months and then in June 2002, we met a friend of my family, Aitreyia. She was an energy worker from Tucson, Ariz., and Richard mentioned the idea to her. She immediately wanted to be a part of it, and within a week had eight people with tickets purchased, ready to [fly in] from Arizona.
On the first anniversary, with park permits in hand - the Parks Department has been extremely supportive of our event - our group of 17 set up tables in Battery Park for three days and Washington Square Park for one [both in New York City]. In Washington Square Park, our event coincided with a peace vigil, and when the park finally closed at 12:30 [in the morning], we still had 25 people on the waiting list for sessions. We realized it was just the beginning and that we were fulfilling a real need.
In 2003, both Richard and Aitreyia began playing much smaller roles due to geographic and time constraints, but the organization continued to expand with more participation from New Yorkers. By September, we grew to 50 practitioners and started working in multiple parks simultaneously. SPARK also began a collaborative relationship with September Space, a New York-based nonprofit with 9/11 roots. From the inception, we have called ourselves SPirited Action, Release and Kindness. We feel very strongly about the action portion and even stronger about our no-strings/free services policy when working with the general public.
MT: Is this something you will continue to do every September 11?
DG: Yes. We will continue every September 11, and our services are open to everyone, not just those [directly] affected by September 11. We try to make this as clear as possible. We would like everyone in need of our services to feel welcome.
MT: How many volunteers are currently involved?
DG: At this time, our group consists of approximately 90 practitioners, with an active core of about 50 or so. Since many come to participate from outside of New York City, it becomes difficult for them to be part of the active core for events in the city.
MT: Does your organization participate in events at any other time of the year?
DG: Yes. "SPARK in the Park" is our own annual event, but we enjoy partnering with other organizations to provide free energy work throughout the year. In October 2003, we took part in the "Walk to End Domestic Violence" to offer sessions at its wellness fair. The fair was at the end of the walk and was a place for domestic abuse survivors to receive makeovers, financial advice, and now, energy work. We were very well received.
SPARK is currently working with attorneys to become a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which we expect to occur before the end of the year.
MT: Thank you so much for your time, Kaiyo.
For more information about SPARK, visit www.sparkinthepark.org.
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