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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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