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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
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.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
AMTA Meets in Music City, USA
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2004 National Convention was held Oct. 6-9, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville, which is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, B.B. King, and other American music icons, was an especially suitable backdrop considering the convention's theme, "Harmonize Our Body's Song," and the myriad continuing education offerings available to "fine tune" every massage therapists' skills.
This year's continuing education workshops were particularly diverse in scope, and allowed for the wide interest of our profession.Some titles, to illustrate the breadth of choice, were "Sounding the Liquid Body," "Painting with Love," "Fijian Massage," "Treating Frozen Shoulder Syndrome," and "Managed Care - Is It For Me?"
All workshops were offered to meet the interests, ethics or skill needs of practicing massage therapists. The convention provided both personal and professional opportunities for education, networking and socialization.
A large number of companies supporting the industry were in the "Exhibit Marketplace," allowing attendees to discover current products and services supportive of the success of their own businesses.
At the convention's business meeting, AMTA Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas provided an overview of the state of the association and profession, highlighting the association's desires for massage legislation and consensus building. AMTA President Laurel Freeman recognized the many volunteers and staff that made the convention, as well as the previous year, a success for AMTA.
Among the many professionals recognized for their contributions, the most notable included convention co-chair Glenath Moyle who received the National Meritorious Award; past National President Elliot Greene who received the Distinguished Service Award; and Leon Chaitow, DO, ND, who received the President's Award. Freeman also introduced visiting dignitaries and guests from around the world who were present to attend the convention.
For many, the highlight of the convention was the keynote address by Rachel Naomi Reman, MD. Among a long list of professional and personal accomplishments, Dr. Reman is founder and director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, a professional development program for graduate physicians who wish to develop a greater personal capacity for empathy, compassion, understanding and communication.
This master storyteller's address, "The Will to Live and Other Mysteries," had attendees alternately laughing and in tears as she led them to explore, via vignettes of her own life, the dimension of mystery in our work. She concluded by singing a duet with her associate, singer/songwriter Christie McCarthy, that seemed most appropriate for the meeting location, the Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
The AMTA National Convention is held annually; the 2005 convention is scheduled for Sept. 21-24, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.amtamassage.org.
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