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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
Will You Be My Advisor?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I am going to blatantly steal an idea that Massage Today's publisher, Don Petersen, printed in our sister publication, Dynamic Chiropractic, a few months ago. He asked for members of the chiropractic profession to volunteer to be his "chiropractic advisors." It sounded like a good idea, and so I'm asking the massage profession to do the same.
Simply put, I would like to know if you would be willing to be my "massage therapy advisors." I know how busy you are, so I would make sure to respect your time; chances are, I'd probably consult with you no more than six to eight times a year - and even then, it would almost always be by e-mail.
The experiences you have as a massage therapist, seeing clients, and making the benefits of our profession known throughout your community, are very important to me.You can provide additional insight on how Massage Today can best serve our profession and, in turn, help best serve your clients. Your feedback will help point Massage Today in the direction you think it should go as we look to utilize MT, MassageToday.com and our online "To Your Health" newsletter (and any other great ideas you come up with) in ways that will best benefit the profession.
Our ultimate goal is to meet your needs in the areas where we can make a difference. Understanding your needs and how best to meet them is almost impossible unless you have direct input. You know what is most important to you; I want to hear what you have to say.
As you already know, more than 80,000 massage therapists, vendors, students and other health care providers who practice massage are reading this article. That's a pretty big audience, and it takes a pretty sophisticated communications system to get in touch with all of them. The good thing is, such a system is already in place - e-mail - which allows us to get in touch virtually any time, from virtually anywhere. That is one of the reasons I'd like my advisors to speak with me by e-mail. It also ensures that only the massage therapists who want to be my advisors are contacted.
Over the past five years, we've collected the e-mail addresses of tens of thousands of massage therapists. In the coming months, we will send e-mail to our prospective massage advisors to find out how many would like to participate. To keep your time commitment at a minimum, this e-mail will include a link to a form, which will give you the ability to provide short responses to questions, or to just click on your choice from a list of possible answers. It will rarely require more than three or four minutes of your time.
You can confirm if you want to be (or remain) one of my advisors with each advisory e-mail. If you do, simply provide your opinion on the topics included in the e-mail. If at any time you no longer want to be an advisor, there will always be an opt-out feature that you can use to tell us.
If you would like to be one of my advisors, would you please send me an e-mail letting me know that you would be willing to share your opinion with me? You can e-mail me at the following address, which we've set up specifically for this purpose: .
Please know that your personal opinions will not be published or shared outside of our company. It is our intention to better understand your needs and what issues we should be involved with and/or encourage others to pursue in order to help meet those needs.
Thank you so much for considering being my massage advisor. Your thoughts are very important to me. They will help shape what we do, what we support, and where we focus our efforts for you, your practice and our profession.
Thanks for listening!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters related to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue or online. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or by regular mail to:
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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