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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 12
AMTWP Meets in Banff
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners (AMTWP) recently held its Annual National Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. While the business issues of a Canadian professional association might not be of foremost interest to Massage Today's primarily U.S.readership, the news of the individuals involved is of universal interest.
Most conventions follow a similar pattern of including a combination of business meetings, continuing education opportunities and social and networking time. The AMTWP convention was no different in this respect. A keynote presentation had been scheduled featuring Drs. John and Lisa Upledger in a Clinical Symposium, enabling observers to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of CranioSacral Therapy.
Hurricane Wilma made it impossible for the Upledgers to travel from Florida to Alberta, however, leaving the potential for a large program void for the AMTWP.
Upledger Institute instructor Don Ash, PT, CST-D was arriving in Banff, as he was scheduled to teach several workshops at the conference, when he was asked to fill in as the keynote presenter. I'm sure Massage Today readers can appreciate the magnitude of being asked to undertake such a thing without prior preparation. When later queried by Massage Today about the experience, Ash replied, "I found out that Dr. John was not going to be at the conference on Thursday morning after arriving from some 12 hours of traveling. My wife and I arrived at 1 a.m. The call came at 8:30 that morning asking me to do the keynote presentation. I had done regional conferences in the past, but no national venues, so to be asked to do the keynote event was, to say the least, daunting. So, with trepidation and the theme" 'Face Your Fears, Don!' I did it!" The standing ovation he received is testimony to the job he did.
Another personal interest story is of even greater interest though. In most organizations with volunteer boards of directors, the staff is the constant that brings continuity over time, while the elected volunteer leadership rotates through, keeping the organization filled with fresh ideas and current viewpoints. In its history, the AMTWP has seen something very different. The outgoing AMTWP President, Melanie Hayden, had been a vital component of the Association as a board member for more than eight years and had served as its President for six-and-a-half years. In that same time, there had been significant staff turnover, creating almost a mirror image of the typical association. Coleen MacDougal, CAE, AMTWP Executive Director, was quick to point out to Massage Today that while it might have been unusual for a volunteer leader to serve for such an extended period of time, the service of AMTWP's President had been of immeasurable help with consistency of leadership throughout a period of significant growth and challenge. She gave her opinion that it allowed the organization to grow much more quickly.
Melanie Hayden is well known and her impact has been felt throughout the U.S. as well as Canada. In her time on the AMTWP board, she has played a key role in some very lasting contributions including creating the AMTWP Annual Conference, developing an association sponsorship program, establishing a volunteer recognition program and initiating an annual Outstanding Volunteer Award and a President's Award. In association with others on her board, she also has been instrumental in the development of regulatory language for massage therapy that has a likelihood of becoming a model for those looking to implement best practice legislation, not only throughout Canada, but also in the United States. Melanie has been tireless in the development and building of relationships with allied organizations and stakeholders that have enabled her organization to become highly recognized as a leader in the CAM professions.
The Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners is a Canadian national professional association serving the diverse needs of Complimentary and Alternative Healthcare Practitioners throughout Canada. Since its inception in 1988, it had grown to become one of Canada's largest voluntary professional associations with over 5500 members.
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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