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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
What Are My Choices?
Tables, Mats, Cushions, Ergonomic Aids
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer tables, mats, cushions, pillows and ergonomic aids - important components of a successful massage practice.
A BackRub Co.: A pioneer in the massage business. We offer a variety of massage, back and body care products, including our Feel Good Pillow line. All pillows are filled with flax seed, and may be purchased with or without a scent. We also carry the Oster Massager, and world famous McKenzie lumbar and cervical rolls. Earthlite chairs, oils and lotions are available. A BackRub Co. offers professional as well as volume discounts. Phone: 888-771-2225; E-mail: ; Web: www.abackrubco.com.
Core Products: Therapeutic products that are soothing to wear and medically effective, providing support and tension where you need it most. Offers a variety of products, including pillows and positioning products, braces and supports, and hot and cold therapy. You can find relief for just about every part of your body. Phone: 800-365-3047; Web: www.coreproducts.com.
DEV direction Inc.: Offers solid, dependable products and we guarantee it. Our tables do not squeak or creak when in use, are made with heavy duty hinges, have quality foam that does not break down and get squashy after a few uses, are made with durable vinyl that easily wipes clean and no tools or assembly required. Phone: 877-589-0048; E-mail: ; Web: www.topmassagetables.com.
Dryssage, Inc,: We develop products that allow therapists to perform superior massage outside the office. For out of the office massage most of us use chair massage, the only problem with chair massage is that it does not feel anything like traditional massage with oil. However, with our new Dryssage Glide System, you can offer a chair massage that will closely match the quality you are capable of providing in your office. Phone: 866-395-8343; E-mail: ; Web: www.dryssage.com.
EarthGear/Lifegear: Committed to offering the best value in massage therapy equipment and supplies. Our collective ambition is to provide massage therapy equipment that is intelligent in design, solid in performance, and exceptional value. Phone: 800-508-1937; Web: www.earthgear.com.
LSI International: LSI International, Inc., founded in 1987, is a wholesale distributor for the massage therapy, chiropractic and physical therapy industries. A few of the massage tables LSI carries include: Earthlite Massage Line of the Spirit II, Sedona, Avalon II, Harmony II and the new Avila II Chair and many other quality massage products. FREE catalog available. Phone: 800- 832-0053; E-Mail: ; Web: www.lsiinternational.com (Password: SHOPLSI).
McRoskey Mattresses: Provide excellent support, maintaining proper spinal alignment and preventing stress at major joints such as the shoulder and hip areas. People shopping for a new mattress should look for quality in craftsmanship and good materials. Because a mattress too firm is not desirable, people need to be able to choose among different types of comfort and support. Unlike other brands, McRoskey allows customers to select from five different comforts. Phone: 800-760-9600; Web: www.mcroskey.com.
Oakworks: For 25 years Oakworks has had an ongoing dialogue with the therapeutic massage community, working to offer the most ergonomically superior, safe and environmentally sound tables on the market. Find out more about our revolutionary Breast Comfort System padding. Your female clients will rave about their comfort in the prone position, but you'll love the access your hands have for all clients in the supine position. At Oakworks, bodies talk; we listen. Phone: 800-558-8850; Web: www.oakworks.com.
Posture Education Products: TruComfort™ Seat and Back Support System. Ergonomically designed to relieve discomfort and promote proper sitting habits. Transforms poorly designed seats into healthy, supportive seating - car, office, airplane or elsewhere. Back provides guidance to align the head, neck and spine. Seat provides firm foundation for pelvic bones. Adjustable-thickness, teardrop shaped lumbar cushion attaches to back at height that corresponds to user's lumbar curve. Phone: 800-392-0363; E-Mail: ; Web: www.postureeducation.com.
Select Comfort Direct Corp: Unlike traditional mattresses, which are made from metal coils and springs, The Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort™ uses uniquely designed air chambers to provide a gentle cushion of support, which can be easily adjusted to your preference for comfort and firmness. In addition, the Sleep Number® bed allows couples to individually adjust each side of the bed to the precise comfort level each partner prefers. Phone: 888-548-9508; Web: www.selectcomfort.com.
StrongLite Tables: Provides equipment that is used to bring human touch to the world. We fully support the work you do and put our love and caring into each process of our work to provide you with the best massage equipment available delivered with the best service available. Phone: 800-289-5487; Web: www.stronglite.com.
TAO Trading Int: Provides tables at low prices, with constant improved www.bestmassage.com.
Tempur-Pedic: Manufactures and distributes Swedish Mattresses and Neck Pillows™ made its proprietary TEMPUR® pressure-relieving material, a viscoelastic material that conforms to the body to provide support and help alleviate pressure points. Products are currently sold in 60 countries under the TEMPUR and Tempur-Pedic brand names. Phone: 888-881-9779; Web: www.tempurpedic.com.
The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Provides massage professionals with ergonomic aids, books, videos, charts and other materials they need for 35 exciting, Category "A", continuing education, home study programs. Nationally recognized experts teach these valuable programs. Toll-free advisory support included at no extra charge. All approved and/or accepted by the NCBTMB, AMTA, AMBP, Florida and most other states. Call today for a free resource guide. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.homestudycredits.com.
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