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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
For Pets and Practitioners, Animal Massage is a "Paws"itive Experience
By Rebecca J. Razo
Don't be alarmed. Just as an increasing number of people are turning to massage therapy to treat everything from injuries and chronic muscle pain to migraine headaches, so are they utilizing massage to treat the animals in their lives, whether domestic or working companions. And much like their human counterparts, the animals are responding well.
According to Animal Massage and Therapies (AMTIL), an organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of massage and other holistic therapies for animals, massage therapy assists animals in many of the same ways it benefits humans by increasing flexibility and circulation, aiding in pain relief, enhancing performance, and promoting general health and wellness. AMTIL also notes that massage can "restore enjoyment of touch to animals whose history includes abuse or neglect; provide early detection of conditions requiring veterinary care; and deepen bonding and trust between animals and their caretakers."
Jonathan Rudinger is the developer of PetMassage™ and founder of The PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute in Toledo, Ohio, a unique training facility that offers workshops for pet owners, veterinary practitioners, and other massage therapists. PetMassage is a gentle technique that incorporates variations of traditional massage, acupressure, positional release, Healing Touch and animal communication - a combination that helps facilitate a "spiritual connection between owners and their pets," according to Rudinger.
"Massage involves major interaction between people and animals," Rudinger says of the differences between massage and petting. "Petting is sort of mindless. [Massage] involves intention and the specific use of techniques. It is mindful and respectful; [the animals] need you to be totally focused."
With this in mind, Rudinger's institute recently created an indoor labyrinth, which not only helps dogs increase their flexibility and awareness, but also enables pet owners to embark on a spiritual journey with their beloved furry friends. The PetMassage Institute is also home to WaterWorks: a doggy health club that involves the application of advanced massage techniques in an indoor heated swimming pool.
The PetMassage Training and Research Institute is also thought to be the only national organization currently conducting valid animal massage research. The institute learned how to conduct research projects with the guidance of Dr. Tiffany Field, a leading massage therapy researcher with the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami's School of Medicine.
To date, the PetMassage Training and Research Institute has evaluated two dozen dogs and will publish its findings after several hundred dogs have been thoroughly studied.
The animal massage phenomenon has also captured the attention of the mainstream media. Over the last year, dozens of articles in magazines and newspapers throughout the country have profiled massage therapists who work with animals, including dogs, cats, horses, and even elephants.
In February, an article from the AFP newswire in New Delhi, India, featured a story about American massage therapist Elke Riesterer, who works with elephants at the Oakland Zoo, in Oakland, Calif. Riesterer was invited to work with several elephants in captivity in an elephant colony near the Indian capital. Using a technique called "touch healing," Riesterer begins by working on the elephants' feet, proceeding up each leg and eventually working her way to the ears, face and tail.
Though animal massage is slowly but surely building steam, some states prohibit anyone other than doctors of veterinary medicine from practicing, effectively limiting the field for many aspiring animal massage therapists.* Nevertheless, those who do work with animals find it very rewarding.
"The future is going to be exciting," Rudinger enthused. "I predict there will be more animal massage therapists than groomers and trainers in the next 10 years because it has value, is available and affordable."
*For more information about your state's laws regarding animal massage, click here.
Visit the following Web sites for more information on animal massage and holistic animal therapies.
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