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The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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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