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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 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.
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.
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.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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