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Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
It's All About Me!
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Being editor of Massage Today is not without perquisites. I get to do lots of fun things! I get to talk to most of the real "movers and shakers" in the world of integrated health.I socialize, banter (and even argue) with the leaders of the massage therapy profession. I regularly hear from those who support, or wish to support our profession, and enjoy experiencing all these activities through the filter of being a professional massage therapist. I recently was fortunate to participate in a golf tournament held by Scrip Massage and Spa Supply. I flew to Peoria, Ill., to join a massage team in the tournament. I was joined by Massage Today contributors/columnists Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Steve Capellini and Mike McGillicuddy. While our intentions were pure and our efforts unsurpassed, our incredible lack of skill led us to earn last place in the tournament. But, there's more to life than golf.
One of the highlights of my trip to Peoria was a tour of the Scrip facility. Scrip's President, Rob Cooper, explained the functions and operations of each of the departments as we walked. I particularly was taken by the warehouse loaded floor-to-ceiling with products waiting to be picked and shipped to consumers, as the shear volume of products was most impressive. As we were returning from the warehouse floor, it came to me that I was seeing more than just another man's business - I was seeing a business that was there for me. More than 70 people in this facility alone were toiling each workday; earning paychecks, supporting their families and communities - all for me! All those warehouse men selecting and shipping orders, customer service reps taking orders, customer care reps explaining how to use products, business infrastructure personnel like accounting, information technology, marketing - all there for me! (Of course this is a "group me" that includes all of us who perform massage.)
Shortly after my trip to Peoria, I was in Albuquerque, N.M., to attend the Annual Convention of the American Massage Therapy Association. My revelation about businesses being there for me was enhanced as I walked through the trade show that included more than 140 exhibitors. All of them were there for me! Just think about that - 140 business entities gathered in one location and dedicated to seeing to it that my business needs are met. Wandering up and down the trade show aisles made me proud to be a massage therapist. Booth after booth of educators, table and chair manufacturers, purveyors of attire, essential oils, skin lubricants, table warmers, nutritional products, books and professional publications, ancillary massage tools, business software and more were all there for me!
One thing that invariably makes me sad is hearing an otherwise talented, heart-centered, effective person in society say that they are "only a massage therapist." "Only" is a very poor choice of words to describe a massage therapist. An entire industry is thriving because you and I are massage therapists. While some percentage of those 140 businesses in Albuquerque were national in scope, many were there because it was convenient for them to get to Albuquerque. Nationwide there literally are thousands of local, regional and national businesses there just to support me! These businesses not only want me to have the best products and tools to do my job, they want to help me to whatever extent possible to do my job better! Their success is dependant on mine. They want me to succeed. They need me to succeed! As much as I am there for my clients, these businesses are there for me.
You and I are very special people. Not only do our clients recognize our skills as important parts of their lives, and not only do our families and friends count on us for financial and social support, but all these businesses also recognize us as crucial to their ability to sustain growth. We get great benefits from all of them. These are perquisites that we all share.
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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