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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.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
Toronto Hosts First International Chair Massage Conference
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The first International Chair Massage Conference, held in Toronto, June 18-19, 2005, exceeded attendance expectations, with participants from all over Canada and as far south as Texas! In all, more than 40 participants hailed from the United States.The conference was produced by BodyworkBiz (which provides marketing/business services to massage therapists) and jointly sponsored by the Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners, Canada's largest massage professional association; Stronglite, a massage equipment manufacturer; and Techspertise.com, a Web design/development company.
For the first time, chair massage practitioners were given a public forum to discuss the benefits of their work, as well as an opportunity to network and share ideas and insights on building their businesses and increasing the reach of massage through the use of the chair.
In explaining the structure of the conference, Eric Brown, BodyworkBiz director, said, "In an industry increasingly focused on the rehabilitative aspects of massage, chair massage has been largely undervalued. Many view it only as a backrub or just a relaxation massage. As a result, chair massage has remained an underutilized modality and has been used for the most part to promote clinical services.
"For the first time ever, the conference pulled together massage professionals who see chair massage not just as a tool, but as a calling. They understand the true value of chair massage in making massage accessible to the mainstream public. They appreciate the impact of taking massage out from behind closed doors and introducing millions of people who would never otherwise use massage to the incredible power of structured touch."
The theme of the conference was "Relaxation Matters." Canadian stress-management expert and keynote speaker, Eli Bay, outlined, in a very graphic way, the deleterious effects of stress, not only on individuals, but also on organizations and society. The underpinning of all stress is change, and individuals are faced with exponential increases in the rate of change. As a result, anxiety and depression have become the new epidemics of the 21st century. Conference organizers and presenters explained that as massage professionals, we are uniquely positioned to help society deal with those epidemics.
What was striking about the conference was the incredible diversity in the participants' backgrounds and in the way they use chair massage. Massage therapists with 3,000 hours of training sat beside practitioners with as little as 100 hours of training. They work in environments ranging from bars and golf clubs, to tradeshows and Fortune 500 companies. And despite their range of backgrounds and viewpoints, they were bound together by the goal of bringing massage to the masses through the use of chair massage.
Other highlights of the conference included:
While there is no plan to convene the conference on an annual basis, organizers are looking at the possibility of a biannual event. Recordings of the 2005 International Chair Massage Conference will be available online at www.bodyworkbiz.com.
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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