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Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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 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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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 Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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?
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.
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.
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.
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
By Linda Riach
According to Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) recently released study, never has there been a time when so many Americans have had such positive feelings about massage therapy.And recently, the New York Times declared that the "spa-ification" of America had taken place. Spa lifestyles are being embraced (as well as all things found in spas). As a part of that trend, massage is now almost a household word. With this rising brand perception comes the unique and hard-won opportunity for the industry to profoundly increase the number of massage consumers.
While this wonderful success is fat with promise, especially for the unprecedented levels of graduating massage students, there remains significant effort to moving consumers from simply feeling good about massage to actually understanding and seeking out massage. It becomes a transition for those consumers from being bodies craving intentional, caring touch to being informed participants who incorporate touch therapies in their wellness plans. Additionally, given that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) programs are evolving in major hospitals and medical schools, it's time to reach out as allies to the entire wellness community. The time is right, as it has never been before.
We all have acquaintances that love to get gift certificates for massage. They may even see a massage therapist regularly to feel more relaxed. But when tennis elbow or a strained back strikes, they either don't consider massage to be therapy or they try their familiar relaxation-oriented massage therapy session and give it that same one shot they gave it the last time they had a gift certificate. How often have you heard, "I feel great when I get off the table, but it just didn't last, so I guess it doesn't work"? (I know. Everyone wants that magic bullet that the pharmaceutical industry promised.) It's going to take some hard work with the general populace to change that expectation into something so much more sustainable and safe!
So in looking at our industry with an eye to moving it forward we have to ask: What percentage of people actually commit to a series of massage sessions with someone trained to work on what ails them? While certainly there are many massage therapists with vital practices serving satisfied clients, amazingly few people know what modality is best for what they need, which therapists have the experience and the credentials, or how long until they will have given it a real chance.
How many of our clients and employers, let alone the general public, know about the research and experience that shows that massage therapy can help reduce post-surgical pain, ease fibromyalgia, reduce the strain of pregnancy, ease colic in babies, promote weight gain for premature infants, reduce violence in teenagers, manage TMJ, reduce post-event recovery times in athletes, manage chronic headaches, improve body image in those with eating disorders, reduce insomnia and so much more?
So then, how do we get the word out? In my estimation there are a series of communication stepping-stones we can use to create the path to the future:
Unlike any other time in the history of massage, we have the tools to make it more than a household word; we can turn massage into a life-long commitment for the betterment of all concerned. Let's drive the message home while the opportunity exists...home to future clients, educable employers and prospective colleagues.
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