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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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
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?
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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 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.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
March, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 03
Are You a Massage Geek?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I'm not sure if you are experiencing similar things in your practice as I am in mine. In the last year the impact of technology has had a greater importance than it ever has before. Just today I received e-mail from an individual informing me that she found my name on the Internet and wanted information about my practice.I was fortunate enough to have read her e-mail about 30 minutes after she had written it. I responded with basic information and specific answers to her questions and in about 15 more minutes she sent a second e-mail thanking me for my prompt response, saying she wanted to book a series of weekly appointments. Do you think that I'm pleased to have my laptop connected to the Internet on my office desk?
And speaking of the laptop on my desk, it is a technological marvel in that it has intrinsic "wi fi" capability. That means that it will search for wireless networks and allow me to connect to them. More important to me than e-mail is my electronic scheduling calendar. While I used to have a spiral wire-bound appointment calendar, I now use the calendar function in my laptop to keep all personal, professional and client appointments. It gives me the capability of "dragging and dropping" appointments from one day to another, and copying recurring appointments into the future.
The laptop also has a complete list of all my clients and their contact information. I can use that information to print labels for newsletters or correspondence, and call them when situations require schedule changes, etc.
And speaking of calling, when I have to call my clients I frequently call them on my cell phone - another technological wonder. My long distance bills are negligible since I have started using my cell phone. My cell phone is one of the new cell phone/PDA hybrids. As a PDA it (like my old Palm Pilot) has both calendar and contacts functions, as well as "to do" lists, and notes. What is really nice is having the capability of verifying my calendar anytime my cell phone is with me. This has come in handy at restaurants when I've run into people wishing to make an appointment. I can pull out my cell phone, check my schedule and immediately book the client into an available time slot.
My PDA/phone synchronizes with my laptop when I get back to the office so that both have the same information. After getting to my office, the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night is to synchronize the two devices. When I get home, the first thing I do is synchronize the PDA/phone to my home desktop computer. This ensures that all three devices share the same information and provide the ultimate in information backup. I remember when I used to cart around a huge "day timer" that controlled my day-to-day life. If I ever lost that book it would bring panic and thoughts of impending doom to mind. Now I just have my cell phone; it has more information than the old day timer did and the added ability of instant retrievablity. If lost, I simply purchase a new one, place it in the charging cradle connected to either my laptop or desktop, and hit the "sync" button. All information is immediately restored to the device.
I think practice management software is important to the "massage geek," also. It's nice to have the ability to record soap notes, treatment, financial details, and everything else in one package. Residing on my laptop, I could also complete HCFA forms if I billed insurance companies (I don't!), generate reports to physicians, and track income from all sources.
Technology is good for my business. It allows me to sign up for conferences and conventions where I obtain my required continuing education, online, in the middle of the night. It allows me to accept credit cards in my practice. It allows me to stay in contact with my clients even when I am not in my office.
I firmly believe that today's technology makes me more money than it costs me to utilize it. If you haven't yet jumped on the techno bandwagon, I encourage you to do so. It's fun and it works.
I know many massage therapists who consider themselves "high touch, low tech." I am suggesting that you might be better served being "high touch, high tech."
Go ahead! Don't be afraid! Track your income in financial planning software, and do your taxes on tax software. Get new business by being part of "massage locator" services. Massage membership associations give special considerations to use of technology, allowing members to sign up for workshops online, pay for products and services online, and contact officers and staff online.
So go build that Web site; establish that online locator service. Make it easy for clients to find you. There are many opportunities available for you right at massagetoday.com! Contact our Reader Services Department for more information (800-359-2289).
See you there!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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