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Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
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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