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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
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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