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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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