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An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
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.
Until that time, if you have any questions about the publication or would like to submit an article for consideration, please contact me at .
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