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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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