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A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hurricane Relief Efforts Reach Gulf Region
By Editorial Staff
It's been about two months since Hurricane Katrina ripped through Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, leaving nothing but devastation in its wake. Right on the heels of this Category 5 monster came Katrina's evil twin, Hurricane Rita.Just when this region could take no more, Rita put Texas in its sites and re-flooded areas in the Gulf Coast that had just become dry.
As with previous national disasters, the massage community came together to offer its resources, its time and its finances to help those most affected rebuild. The heartbreaking stories of loss came pouring from the region and the massage community answered quickly with a variety of fundraisers, Web sites and volunteers who headed into the region to help victims and rescue workers.
Massage Today created a Web page solely designed for massage practitioners who want to take in a displaced massage therapist and/or help them find temporary massage work. To post a message, visit http://displacedtherapists.massagetoday.com.
The Carolina Emergency Response Massage Team (CERMT) and Emergency Response Massage International (ERMI) went to Gulfport, Miss. and will be rotating teams in on a weekly basis until December. If any therapist is interested in helping with the Katrina massage relief effort, contact Doug E. Rasmusson, LBMT, at or (828) 215-9195.
The Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals has developed a comprehensive section of its Web site devoted to information and volunteer opportunities related to both recent hurricanes. Links are provided with information about Hurricane Katrina and the continuing efforts in the Gulf coast, Hurricane Rita and the efforts in Texas, various fundraisers around the country, the spa community's efforts, healing touch for animals affected by these disasters as well as information about how to reach the Red Cross. For more information about these opportunities, visit www.abmp.com/home/katrinaopportunities.html.
At its national convention in Albuquerque, N.M. in September 2005, the American Massage Therapy Association developed a Hurricane Katrina Massage Therapist Relief Plan. At the convention, members donated more than $3,000 as an initial contribution through the New Mexico chapter toward a national plan to help offset national dues and chapter fees for members in the affected areas. AMTA National will match the funds raised through this chapter program up to $50,000. AMTA also is coordinating a Practitioner Member Rebuilding Kit that includes basic equipment and supplies to help members whose practices were destroyed. AMTA also is offering free resume postings for members and nonmembers. If you have an opening for a massage therapist or you are a member from the affected area, you can post your information at www.amtamassage.org/AMTA-CareerCenter/.
SpaFinder.com also created a Web site to help those seeking, as well as those offering help. People from New York to California and everywhere in between posted offers of jobs, houses and relocation help to those looking to pick up the pieces. If you are interested in posting to this site, visit www.spas-helping-spas.com.
The Gulf Coast region will need help for months to come as they clean up the mess left behind by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. If you want to lend a helping hand, check these sites, as well as others such as the Red Cross, FEMA and the Salvation Army, to see if there is something you can do to help those in these devastated areas.
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