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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07
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By Editorial Staff
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"Let me cite some words of wisdom..."
The onslaught of mail on the expressions of Betty Jacobs and Rich Hasdam has arrived from those with a vested interest in increased massage school hours for anatomy and physiology (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/03/17.html; www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/05/15.html).
Let me cite some words of wisdom by Milton Trager, MD, about the matter of anatomy and physiology education being necessary in order to practice effectively. From a 1987 interview with Dr. Trager by Carol Cavanaugh from The Yoga Journal (www.trager.com/article_relaxation.html):
Let me also cite some words from the very fine article by Brian Coughlan in the Massage Therapy Journal, Millennium 2000 issue:
Carl W. Nelson
"Are you doing the work you feel you were put here to do?"
In reference to all those who are concerned that they will lose control in their scope of practice ("What Scope of Practice?" March 2005, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/03/11.html and "We Get Letters and E-Mail," June 2005, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/06/16.html):
I am a massage therapist [male] licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board, who has been in private practice for nearly 12 years. I have had to overcome many obstacles. The allopaths want control of the medical field, the PTs are concerned that they are losing ground to the massage therapists, etc. What about the patient/client? Are we not supposed to be here for them? If your answer is, "I am in control and am here for me," you are in the wrong business. We are all here to help each other.
If that is not your intention, I feel sorry for you and your clients.
Everyone feels they are losing control, but we are here to help one another, not control one another. I will continue to help my patients/clients - whether it be a "fluff and buff" or medical situation. I care more about my people than I do about being in control of their treatment. Search your conscience and your soul. Are you doing the work you feel you were put here to do? Love thy neighbor as thyself - think about it.
Ronald E. Bowersock, LMT
Applause for Elaine Stillerman
I want to applaud Elaine for the article "'V-Back' to the Dark Ages' (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/05/11.html). I was so pleased to see such an informative article on this topic grace the pages of MassageToday. In addition to the entire article, I especially appreciated the last paragraph, which named the root of the problem in a very straight-forward, no-holds-barred way. Bravo!
Lisa Gillispie, LMT
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