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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What Are My Choices?
Linens, Disposable Garments and Massage Therapy Supplies
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer linens, disposable garments, and massage therapy supplies - important components of a successful massage practice.
Best of Nature: Manufacturing and distributing massage supplies since 1987. Started by therapists who wanted to make available quality natural supplies at affordable prices, the company continues that tradition of excellence and value. We pride ourselves on offering the very best that nature has to offer with friendly and knowledgeable customer service. Products include massage oils; creams; essential oils; aroma diffusers; linens; spa and bodycare products; books; music; videos; tables; pillows; and more. Phone: 800-228-6457; E-mail: ; Web: www.bestofnature.com.
BodyJaz: Supplies disposable fitted face-rest covers and disposable sheets to the massage, medical and chiropractic industries. BodyJaz is known for high quality innovative products that sometimes cannot be found elsewhere. Our feature product is the SaniCover Fitted Disposable Face-rest cover. The SaniCovers are custom made to form fit all crescent face-rest pads. Used for chair or table massage, the SaniCovers won't move or stick and provide an easy between-client changeover. Phone: 866-503-7235; E-mail: ; Web: www.bodyjaz.com.
BodyWork Mall.com: Bodyworkmall is your one-stop shop for spa and massage therapy needs. We are the primary product and consulting affiliate for one of the largest massage therapy schools in the nation. Through our extensive experience in the provision and management of massage and spa therapy, we offer unbiased equipment recommendations and sales. Why not put our expertise and superior products to work for you? Phone: 866-717-6755; Web: www.bodyworkmall.com.
Core Products: Our therapeutic products are soothing to wear and medically effective, providing support and tension where you need it most. And because we offer a variety of products-including pillows and positioning products, braces and supports, and hot and cold therapy-you can find relief for just about every part of your body. Phone: 800-365-3047; Web: www.coreproducts.com.
EarthGear/Lifegear: Committed to offering the best value in massage therapy equipment and supplies. Our collective ambition is to provide massage therapy equipment that is intelligent in design, solid in performance, and exceptional value. Phone: 800-508-1937; Web: www.earthgear.com.
Hands-On Supply: At CCMT - the source for all your massage supply needs! One order and you'll see why therapists keep ordering from us. Discounted prices; quality products; professional friendly service; free shipping available. Serving the massage community since 1992. Biotone, Pure Pro, Sombra, Le Mitt, Biofreeze, DVD's, Tiger Balm, Formentek, Khepra, Santa Barbara Creams, Ice'N'Heat Gel Packs, Stone Sets, Skeletons, Linens, Hydrocollators, Tables, back jacks, videos, music, books. Phone: 800-842-9874; E-mail: ; Web: www.handsonsupply.com.
LSI International, Inc.: Founded in 1987, is a wholesale distributor for the massage therapy, chiropractic and physical therapy industries. A few of the massage linens and garment products LSI carries include: gowns, table paper, fleece linens, flannel sheets, disposable crescent headrest covers and many other quality massage products. Free catalog available. Phone: 800-832-0053; E-mail: ; Web: www.lsiinternational.com / Password: SHOPLSI.
Massage King: The leader in massage table equipment, accessories, supplies, and inversion tables. Phone: 800-290-3932; Web: www.massageking.com.
Massage Supply: We want to serve you and give you the best prices possible. If you find it for less, we will try our best to meet or beat other companies' prices. Best of all we do not charge a handling fee on your final shipping total. You can always know that every product we carry is from major manufacturers and of the highest quality. Phone: 866-497-4856; Web: www.massagesupplyco.com.
MassageWarehouse.com: We offer a price protection plan you can't ignore - If there is a nationally advertised price that is currently available on the same item you want from our catalog, this becomes your new Massage Warehouse price. Details and additional information available by phone or on our website. Phone: 800-910-9955; Web: www.massagewarehouse.com.
Natural Wellness® and The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Provides you with massage supplies, tools and ideas for personal and professional growth to benefit both you and your clients. Variety of supplies to the profession include lotions, music, DVDs, videos, books, nutritional supplements, heat packs and therapeutic equipment. Free resource guide available. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.naturalwellnessonline.com.
Thermal Comfort Inc.: Established on November 3, 2000 out of a need for quality, portable heated products and accessories for the massage therapy market. Our company's emphasis is on quality and comfort. Thermal Comfort, Inc. was founded by a registered massage therapist who understands the massage world, and it shows in the design and quality of our products. Phone: 866-660-WARM; E-mail: ; Web: www.thermalcomfortinc.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.
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