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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
Commitment to Care Shows at AMTA National Convention
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Admittedly, I am not a familiar face yet to the massage community, as I am just now assuming the managing editor responsibilities for Massage Today. Just as admittedly, the massage community is not all that familiar to me yet.However, as I walked through the exhibit hall and talked to attendees at the Albuquerque Convention Center during the AMTA National Convention, Sept. 21-24, 2005, I learned quite a bit about the massage therapy profession. Some of you might consider this an "outsider's" observation; however, I hope to be "inside" soon, working to provide you with the best news and information possible in every issue.
One of the first things I noticed about the massage profession is your commitment to the care and health of your clients. You are passionate about what you do and how well you do it, and it shows. From the 25 educational sessions about massage techniques to sessions on legislative/political issues facing the profession, to an exhibit hall packed with more than 140 vendors, it was apparent you were there to get information and products you could use to improve the well-being of your clients.
I also noted the vast scope of massage therapy, and how there constantly seem to be new techniques or new ways to use existing techniques to help alleviate existing conditions. Sessions focused on topics such as massage for chronic pain, the effects of repetitive movement on a muscle and massage therapy business practices. And with keynote speaker Brian Tracy, a successful businessman, speaker and best-selling author, talking about "Massage in the 21st Century," it was evident the profession is moving forward.
AMTA President Mary Beth Braun echoed my enthusiasm when commenting on this year's convention, "It was very exciting to have our most successful convention to date, with more than 1,000 attendees taking part in continuing education, the trade show and the business of AMTA to enhance their practices, build relationships and network with other therapists in what continues to be the best part of AMTA our community."
And community is what I saw in front of me at this convention. A community of caring, dedicated individuals who want to be the best massage therapists they can be to improve the lives of those they come in contact with. The theme of this year's convention was'"Reach Your Potential," and I saw people reaching for their potential throughout my three days in Albuquerque.
I look forward to seeing many more of you reaching your potential at other massage gatherings around the country in the coming year, just as I look forward to saying hello to newfound friends at the 2006 AMTA National Convention in Atlanta.
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