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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
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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