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Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
Preaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
From the Editor's Desk: When Will We Get a Clue?
By Rebecca J. Razo
Author's note: Cliff Korn is taking a much-deserved break this month...probably sitting on a beach sipping a Mai Tai right about now (sigh). Not to worry. He'll be back in September, well-rested and tan.
For the past year and a half, I have been part of a small women's writing group consisting of only four members, including me.At first, our discussions were traditional in that we focused solely on the craft of writing. But as time went on, our discussions became less about writing and more about life's challenges and how they affect the writing process. Despite its unorthodox nature, the group was a supportive and nurturing environment where we had the freedom to come together and just "be." We formed friendships and grew close.
So, imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail message from a member, speaking on behalf of herself and one other member, that the group was no longer "meeting their needs" and was disbanding. I was infuriated. After all, those two women weren't the only ones who had invested their time, energy and emotion. At the very least, they could have included the entire group in the discussion, rather than notify us of their decision through e-mail. I contacted the other group member who had been the recipient of the "break up" e-mail to vent my frustration. Although she too was taken by surprise, she was very forgiving, summing things up this way: "To everything there is a divine beginning and divine end."
Sometimes, I think we forget that everything in nature has a cycle. In our attempts to "control" our destiny, we (in our infinite human wisdom) set up blockades and detours, hoping to thwart the natural, inevitable processes of life. And though our actions may temporarily derail nature's plan, the fact is that nature will prevail one way or another, and often in less desirable ways than if we had just let things happen the way they were supposed to in the first place. It is one of humanity's greatest flaws: We hang on when nature intends for us to move on. We resist and fear change. We get angry when life doesn't cooperate with our plans, instead of riding the wave and allowing the tide to take us where we are intended to go. We all, of course, are guilty of this. The key, however, is to recognize those moments when we find ourselves at a crossroads or in the midst of a life-shaping event, then step back to allow the universe to do its work. How, you ask? By being open to new ideas and possibilities; by listening to our instincts; by letting our consciences guide us; by respecting the feelings of others when we might not agree; and, lastly, by realizing that we don't have as much control as we think we do.
I'm not advocating that we abandon our core beliefs and principles in favor of apathy and indifference. But I do believe it is important to recognize when our actions, whatever they may be and for whatever cause, have ceased to be productive or unifying or personally satisfying. And generally, the universe sends us some very strong warning signals when the time comes to let go and let nature do its job: elevated stress, a disrupted home life and family conflict, insomnia, and myriad health problems, to name just a few.
In terms of the massage profession, I am in a unique position of objective observation, and what I see is troubling. The fundamental purpose of massage and bodywork - in all its various forms - is to promote physical, mental and emotional health. The typical massage therapist has but one objective: to facilitate those levels of health in his or her clients. Still, there is an entire population of massage therapists and industry "professionals" (a term I use loosely) who are involved in turf wars, lawsuits over the almighty ®, ©, and ™, arguments over which professional organization is bigger and better, and infighting over mere words - yes, words - and who is entitled to use them.
I am not pointing fingers here; these are just the facts that reflect the true state of the profession. But my question is: Why? Why has the profession become so competitive, underhanded, and, dare I say, cutthroat? Wouldn't it be easier to accept each other and celebrate the diverse blend of people who comprise this glorious profession? What stops us? Is it out of fear that we'll lose money, status or perceived exclusivity? It is indeed a sad state of affairs if those are the reasons the profession is in this predicament. For one, I can think of few things less important in life than money and status, and exclusivity is subjective.
Despite the efforts of many to control the destiny of this profession, little has improved in terms of unity and morale. Massage therapists - many of whom, ironically, got into this profession to escape corporate political strife - are fed up with the constant negativity and mudslinging that has pervaded the industry. Perhaps the time has come for those "in charge" to relinquish some of that control and ask the massage therapists what they want. Because the constant fighting has only been successful in fanning the flames that have ignited more fighting and caused further alienation - nature's first clue. And, so far, attempts to steer and control the course of massage and bodywork have been to the detriment of the profession - nature's second clue. How many more clues will it take before the profession folds in on itself, leaving in its wake remnants of a once vibrant industry that was destined to surpass everyone's wildest expectations had we allowed nature to simply have its way?
I have been the managing editor of Massage Today for over two years and have loved every minute. But, as my friend says, everything has a divine end. Indeed, my journey is taking yet another turn and my time here has come to an end. While I look forward to an exciting new future, my departure from Massage Today is bittersweet. It has been such an honor to contribute to the growth of this wonderful profession. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you, and I can say with all sincerity that I have never met so many people so entirely dedicated to their life's work. Thank you for welcoming me into your family and allowing me the privilege to work on your behalf. I look forward to watching the profession grow in new, positive directions and I am confident that the best is still yet to come.
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