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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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