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First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
October, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 10
Can Massage Relieve Symptoms of Tension Headache?
University in Minnesota Awarded Research Grant for Pilot Study
By Editorial Staff
The Massage Therapy Foundation recently awarded Northwestern Health Sciences University's Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies a grant of $19,935 to conduct a pilot study to determine if massage therapy is a viable treatment option for those who suffer from tension-type headaches (TTH).The study will take about one year to complete; Michele Maiers, DC, an associate professor at the Bloomington-based university, will serve as principal investigator.
Many people suffer from headaches, with tension-type headaches being the most common. According to Roni Evans, DC, MS, Northwestern's dean of research, tension-type headaches affect 38 percent of the population each year, and 16 percent of people suffer from headaches on any given day. While TTH is not life threatening, it can greatly alter an individual's life by causing lost work days, decreased productivity, increased health care costs and a poor quality of life for themselves and their families.
The study has three main objectives. The first is to determine the feasibility of a full-scale randomized clinical trial to assess the relative effectiveness of massage therapy and self-care education for tension-type headaches. The second is to determine if individuals with tension-type headaches would experience clinically important changes after a 10-week therapeutic massage regimen by measuring pre- and post-treatment outcomes in a prospective clinical case series embedded within the randomized pilot study. The third objective is to describe the participants' and massage therapists' experiences with massage as a treatment.
The study will include 38 people between 21 and 65 years of age who suffer from chronic or chronic episodic tension-type headaches. To qualify for the study, patients must meet the International Headache Society's definition of episodic or chronic headaches. The IHS defines chronic headaches as those that occur more than 15 days per month or 180 days per year. They define episodic as headaches that occur fewer than 15 days per month or 180 days per year. Participants also must have suffered from TTH for at least three months and experience a headache at least once a week.
Northwestern Health Sciences University (formerly Northwestern College of Chiropractic) is a multidisciplinary educational institution that features programs in chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and integrative health and wellness. Northwestern's School of Massage Therapy admitted its first group of students in September 2000. This 36-semester-credit, 780-hour program emphasizes the basic sciences; more than 340 hours of hands-on lab experience; and structured on- and off-site clinical experiences.
To track the status of this and other research projects at NHSU's Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies, go to www.nwhealth.edu/research/WHCCS/activity.html For more information on the massage therapy program at NHSU, visit www.nwhealth.edu/edprogr/mass.html.
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