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News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
AOBTA National Convention "Fires Up" San Francisco
By Debra Howard, AOBTA
Nearly 200 members and friends gathered "round the fire" for a "cracklin' good time" at the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) National Convention at the Radisson Miyako Hotel in Japantown, San Francisco.AOBTA represents Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) and Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABTs) and is the largest membership organization of Asian medicine practitioners in the U.S. The convention theme, "Healing with Fire: Love, Laughter, Heart," echoed throughout the Shen*-inspiring presentation, Jan 14-17, 2005. Many reported feeling the glow long after the party ended!
Pre-convention events included board and committee meetings, as well as an Item Writing Workshop presented by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Cherie Sohnen-Moe gave AOBTA Council of Schools and Programs (COSP) members many helpful hints in her course, "Does Anyone Know You're There?", and held another great class for ABTs titled, "Marketing From Your Heart."
The Welcome Breakfast and National Member Meeting were even more lively with the attendance of NCCAOM representatives, including new CEO Kory Ward-Cook. NCCAOM surprised AOBTA members with a donation in recognition of the support that AOBTA has had for them through the years. Other special guests included several board members of the National Qigong Association (NQA), including new President Michael DeMolina.
A selection of outstanding instructors from California to the United Kingdom helped bring the global ABT community together. Swami Beyondananda offered his particular brand of humor as keynote speaker; his alter ego, Steve Bhaerman, gave a class titled "The Art of Fun Shui: Comedy as a Healing Art" that had everyone grinning from ear to ear. Instructors from the U.K. were Carola Beresford-Cooke, author of Shiatsu Theory and Practice, and Suzanne Yates, author of Shiatsu for Midwives. Cooke offered awesome courses in "Shiatsu for Joints and Structure" and "Menopause: Gateway of Change," while Yates gave amazing courses in "The Uterus and the Extraordinary Vessels in Pregnancy" and "The Demystification of Pregnancy - Practical Techniques and Common Conditions."
Drs. Harriet Beinfeld, Efrem Korngold, Michael Reed Gach, Richard Gold, Roger Jahnke, Jerry Alan Johnson and DoAnn Kaneko, and Junji Mitzutani, Tina Sohn and Iona Marsaa Teeguarden rounded out the presenter list. Each taught from their hearts and added their own incredible and special touch to the convention.
Pamela Ferguson spearheaded the wonderful CI (Certified Instructor) Sandbox, a chance for experienced instructors to share some of their helpful hints with colleagues. Pam and I, along with Barbra Esher, John f. [sic] Johnston, Gayl Hubatch, Deborah Valentine Smith and Jan Ste Germaine presented 10 minutes each to share various innovations we use in our classes and programs. This, followed by a lively question and answer session, made for a great "sandbox" experience.
Banquet attendees were treated to a special tai chi demonstration by Roger Jahnke, and the national awards presentations, which included a birthday celebration honoring Toshiko Phipps, longtime AOBTA supporter and honorary board member, who had the foresight to turn 85 at just the right time. The President's Award went to Barbra Esher for her many years of outstanding service to AOBTA and the ABT profession. She gave another rousing post-convention workshop of her famous exam review for those preparing to take the NCCAOM ABT Exam.
Attendees were wowed by the entire event. You could start with qigong in the morning, have two amazing classes throughout the day, shop a bit in the exhibit hall, eat incredible food, hang out with some awesome folks, get your books signed, and wind it all up with dinner and dancing with great friends.
The next AOBTA convention will be held late summer 2006, so start planning now!
*Shen, from Chinese Medicine, is similar to the American ideas of consciousness and self-awareness, and is often translated as "spirit." The Heart, which is related to the Shen, laughter, and love, is related to the Fire Phase, the convention's theme.
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