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Three for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
Taking the time to do an exam is important, but it is time spent. The exam serves as a way to physically validate your clinical impression following a history and clinical consultation.
Animal Acupuncture Gaining in Popularity
We have just finished the year of the fire hoarse and now it is time to spend some time alone, daydreaming and thinking outside the box in terms of where our profession is headed. The sheep person is well organized and creative so this should not be difficult to do.
Fight Colorectal Cancer With Folic Acid
CRC is the second most common cause of cancer mortality in the U.S. and Canada. Although genetic susceptibility plays a role in the etiology of CRC, dietary factors, including certain vitamins, have also been shown to influence the development of the disease in various studies.
AWB Makes a Difference in the Yucatan
We are in the sleepy town of Izamal, located about an hour from the Merida airport where our group arrived last night. Later that morning, on a bus winding through the dusty roads of the Yucatan, fourteen acupuncturists, two facilitators from AWB and two tour guides make their way to the small rustic town of Popola.
Helping to Create the Healthiest Generation
The imperative to create the "Healthiest Generation by 2030," envisioned by the American Public Health Association (APHA), was in full force at the APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting held in New Orleans from November 15-19, 2014.
Taking the Freeze Out of Adhesive Capsulitis
Adhesive capsulitis or "frozen shoulder" is a relatively common condition resulting in severe shoulder pain and global loss of glenohumeral joint range of motion. Incidence of the condition is approximately 3 percent in the general population.
Acupuncture and its Place in the Integrative Healthcare Practice: The Need to Move from Modality to Profession
Acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) has grown and flourished from its inception thousands of years ago in China. In surrounding regions of Asia, AOM developed as a response to differing cultural, pathological, health and wellness care needs.
News in Brief
While indignation may be your immediate reaction to H.R. 5780, the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act of 2014, the American Chiropractic Association suggests the legislation is just what the chiropractic profession needs.
Two for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
In today's healthcare system, diagnoses and treatment plans follow a western medical model - especially if you work with attorneys or insurance companies.
Professionalism and Evidence-Based Health Care
Today's chiropractors are facing a conundrum with the Affordable Care Act and its health care reform requirements, including evidence-based practice and health technology assessment.
Movement Assessments: The DC's Sphygmomanometer
I think back to when I was going through chiropractic school outpatient clinic. I was embarrassed to have my family and friends come in for treatment because initial evaluations took three hours to complete.
Environmental Toxins: Cause of Modern Illness, Part 2
In Part I of this article, we detailed the variety of environmental toxins assaulting our bodies. These include pesticides and herbicides; plastics; preservatives; cosmetics; gasoline additives, solvents and glues; and heavy metals.
The Way of Zen Performance Enhancement
Working with elite athletes and implementing various techniques to keep athletes focused and at their optimal performance for a sustained period of time includes incorporating various meditation techniques that counterbalance their sport-specific physical and mental demands, which is an important element of success throughout the years.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Occupational LBP in Primary- and High-School Teachers; Treating MVA Complications With Chiropractic Care; Neck Pain: Immediate Effects of Active Scapular Correction; Taping Benefits Stride, Step Length in Fatigued Runners.
The Static Postural Pelvic Exam
I include a static postural analysis in my evaluation routine whether you are a patient in pain or an elite-sport athlete in training. In my day-to-day practice, I require patients to stand still while I "just look" at them.
How to Use Online Video as a Tool to Market Your Practice
Health care practitioners, including chiropractors, should consider online videos as a key element of their Internet marketing strategy. In the next three years, videos are expected to account for nearly 70 percent of all consumer online traffic, according to Cisco.
Trouble Down Under: San Zhen Therapy for Lower Jiao Issues
In the last several columns, I have discussed many clinical options for utilizing San Zhen or Three Needle Therapy. In this installment, I will continue this trend and discuss several foundational patterns which can be found in several very common clinical presentations.
Happy New Year 2015 Gong Hoy Fat Choi
Welcome to the year of the sheep! We begin a new year guided by the sign of a quietly and creatively organized animal.
I Felt it in My Fingers First
I'm not afraid to say it. Massage therapists make better acupuncturists. I'll tell you how I know, but first I have a question: What do a microcurrent device, a laser and a hippie massage therapist have in common?
The App Advantage: Get More for Less
You may have noticed the list of "app-exclusive" articles in the directory on the front page of the print issue and in the Table of Contents on page 4. You can't find these articles in print or even in our online archives.
Show Up and Show Respect
I was recently asked about my chiropractic philosophy. My answer surprised my questioner.
Age and Fertility: Why We Should Worry Less About Age and More About Overall Health
Recently, on one of the acupuncture alumni forums, the topic of age and fertility came up when a practitioner posted a question regarding a patient that was about to turn 40-years-old.
We Get Letters & Email
Rethinking Our Approach to Immunization; Coming Together for the Good of Our Patients.
Ringing in the Billing New Year
What are the new modifiers that replace modifier 59? Will they allow doctors of chiropractic to be paid for 97140, manual therapy, when done with chiropractic manipulation?
The Conscious Evolution of Healing: Importance of Opening the Sensory Portals in Classical Chinese Medicine
The Chinese medical classics are not just clinical guides. They give advice; ways we can awaken more fully into conscious awareness.
Right Back Where We Started?
More than 25 years after Judge Susan Getzendanner issued her historic opinion in the Wilk v AMA anti-trust case, evidence suggests that despite increasing collaboration between doctors of chiropractic and their allopathic medical counterparts, when it comes to organized medicine, we may be right back where we started.
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
What Are My Choices?
Software and Computer Supplies
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 software and computer supplies - important components of a successful massage practice.
Central Florida Web Hosting: Practice management software. Program features: appointment scheduling; client tracking and management; therapist tracking and scheduling; point of sale checkout; and reports daily activity, activity by therapist, and soap notes. Phone: 866-411-0960; Web: www.massagemanager.com.
ICS Software, LTD: Specializes in providing leading practice management and billing software to businesses of varied sizes within the health care industry. All writing and maintaining of programs is done in-house to provide clients with software updates that successfully match changes in the medical climate as they occur. ICS Software's extensive product line includes, SammyUSA, SammyNotes, SimpleSam, Pocket Sammy and the new TouchTone Sam. Phone: 212-949-6160; E-Mail: ; Web: www.icssoftware.net.
Information For People: Massage therapists, estheticians, spas & salons...build your practice with our line of over 30 client education brochures, numerous gift certificates, postcards, and greeting cards. Other innovative products include client newsletters, professional apparel, practice management software, hand sculptures for office environments, books, videos, presentation aids, copy-ready client handouts, and website tools. Attract clients you want to serve-and keep. Check our Web site additional information. Phone: 800-754-9790; E-mail: ; Web: www.info4people.com.
Island Software Company: The premier developer of today's leading alternative therapy software. Software is easy to install and utilize. Massage Office Professional 1.0, more advanced than Massage Office 2.2 but still easy-to-use, boasts a new client area, indexing, insurance information storage, onscreen scheduler, new S.O.A.P. notes with anatomical library, new HCFA features, CPT4 and ICD9 codes, more marketing templates, improved word processor, inventory tracking, and customized report generator. Phone: 877-384-0295; Web: www.islandsoftwareco.com.
Land Software: Offer the massage professional the most feature affordable massage management program available. We provide freelance professionals the management tools to efficiently and professionally run their home based business without the prohibitive costs associated with the average business management database. We do this by making databases for the individual. We believe that the home business is a growing market and the entrepreneur should have the same tools as the big boys. Phone: 202-237-2733; Web: www.landsw.com.
Massage Manager Software: practice management software for today's busy massage business. Massage Manager has graphical scheduling, client tracking, HCFA billing and detailed reporting. Additionally, Massage Manager will manage your packages, gift certificates and much more. Phone: 866-411-0960; E-mail: ; Web: www.massagemanager.com.
Massage Marketing: Get new clients, get clients to reschedule, and learn marketing basics. Your success depends on effective promotion and marketing. We have some of the best marketing tools available. New: Practice Builder CDs. Develop a professional image with Staying in Touch(tm) educational newsletters, proven effective by over 1,000 therapists. Eight newsletter issues on each CD, only $120. Also includes valuable marketing info, gift certificate and postcard templates, much more. Phone: 877-634-1010; Web: www.massagemarketing.com.
Marine Agency Insurance Corporation: Provides comprehensive insurance coverage to the beauty and wellness industry. Coverage can include: professional and general liability and property coverage. All policies are written with A & A+ rated carriers. Free quotes given upon receipt of a completed application. Phone: 800-763-4775; E-mail: ; Web: www.marineagency.com.
Massage Suite: A software program designed for massage therapists to help manage their business practice. Features include: groups, advance payments, certificates, packages, custom packages, patient referrals, inventory, product sales, track expenses, print CMS forms, custom forms, point and click/drag and drop SOAP notes, complete history of patient coverage, multiple addresses per coverage, enter payments, print labels, statements, reports, and more. Designed for an operating massage clinic. E-mail: ; Web: www.massage-suite.com.
Wincity Custom Software: Writing detailed massage SOAP Notes can be overwhelming. WinCity Massage SOAP Notes, a new computer program, will help you write better SOAP notes in less time, communicate more effectively with referring doctors and insurance companies, follow the latest SOAP Notes standard, and produce professional-looking SOAP Notes. Phone: 866-653-9122; E-mail: ; Web: www.wincityinc.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.
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