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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
Massage Therapy Awareness Week "Extremely Successful"
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) celebrated National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW), Oct. 24-30. This year's theme, "Manage Pain With Massage," was marked by the release of AMTA's eighth annual massage therapy consumer survey.According to the survey, 90 percent of respondents believe massage therapy is effective in reducing pain. Other survey findings indicated:
The survey also found that more than one in four respondents in the African-American community said they had visited a massage therapist at least once during the previous year, representing a 12-point increase from 2003. One possible explanation for the jump is the increase in doctors and health care providers recommending massage to their African-American patients: 83 percent compared to 47 percent in 2003.
The AMTA also held a national satellite media tour to commemorate NMTAW. On Oct. 28, Immediate Past President Brenda L. Griffith was interviewed live via satellite by six television stations to talk about the benefits of massage therapy. Three other stations taped interviews with Griffith for future broadcasts, and 350 stations received a taped feed of the interviews via satellite for use in future stories.
"National Massage Therapy Awareness Week was extremely successful this year," said AMTA Communications Manager Ron Precht. "Tens of millions of Americans learned more about the benefits of massage, especially for relieving and managing pain."
In Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush declared Oct. 24-30, 2004, Massage Therapy Awareness Week in the state, which coincided with AMTA's NMTAW. As part of the celebration, the AMTA-Florida chapter joined the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) to host a reception honoring massage therapists who volunteered their services to victims and relief workers following the recent hurricane disasters. The work was coordinated through the Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT) and the Florida Immediate Response Stress Team (FIRST).
The reception was held in conjunction with Florida's Department of Health and Board of Massage Therapy meeting on Oct. 27. Florida AMTA MERT Director Jerry Konrad and FIRST Regional Coordinator Sheila Provost gave presentations showing the devastation of the hurricanes. FIRST; MERT; the AMTA Florida chapter; and FSMTA's Big Bend, Brevard, Flagler/Volusia, Southwest, Sarasota Manatee, Tampa Bay, and Treasure Coast chapters were recognized for their outstanding service. Performance Health, Scrip Massage Products and the FSMTA were also recognized for their generous donations.
Florida Board of Massage Therapy Chair Dave Quiring, LMT, presented a letter of commendation to the volunteer massage therapists at the reception. "On behalf of the Board of Massage Therapy, I would also like to express my appreciation to all of my fellow massage therapists who provided their services to hurricane victims and response team personnel, to relieve their strain and tension during such a stressful time," he said.
"These Florida hurricanes were disastrous," noted FSMTA State Treasurer Maureen Gilbert, "but they also restored deep feelings of community and fellowship; we will continue to rebuild with compassion," she said.
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