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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
December, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 12
More Consumers Discovering the Benefits of Massage Therapy
Latest AMTA Survey Provides Food for Thought
By Editorial Staff
In releasing its 9th Annual Consumer Survey, the American Massage Therapy Association uncovered some important new gains in the massage therapy profession:1.The popularity and use of massage increased; 2. For the first time in the history of the AMTA Consumer Surveys, massage tied with medication as the preferred form of pain relief among respondents; and 3. More men are receiving massage than in years past. The survey was conducted from Aug. 11 -14, 2005, by Opinion Research Corporation International in Princeton, N.J., and included a national probability sample of 1,014 adults (506 men and 508 women) ages 18 and older who live in private households in the United States.
The popularity of massage grew as two million more people received a massage this year over last year, and approximately 47 million people (more than one in five adults surveyed) received a massage in the past 12 months. A healthy 90 percent of those polled believe massage can be beneficial to your health, with 94 percent of 18- to 24-year olds agreeing with that statement. The use of massage among older Americans tripled since 1997, increasing from 4 percent of those 65 and older using massage to 15 percent in 2005. Consumer confidence in massage therapy increased as well, as 73 percent of respondents would recommend massage to someone they know (an 8 point jump from a year ago).
Twenty-eight percent of those who responded, ranked medication and massage as the form of treatment that brought them the greatest pain relief, with nearly 46 percent of those polled having had a massage at some time to relieve pain. Of the 18 to 34 age group, more than half have had a massage for the relief of pain. And 93 percent of those surveyed agree with the statement that massage therapy can be effective in reducing pain. Fifteen percent of respondents said therapy for an injury would motivate more people to have regular massages, while 24 percent said a discount would be greater motivation.
The survey also shows increases in the numbers of healthcare providers promoting the benefits of massage therapy. Sixty percent of those polled said a physician recommended massage therapy to them, while 50 percent were referred by a physical therapist and 38 percent by a chiropractor. Twenty one percent of those surveyed said they discussed massage with their physician or other healthcare provider, up 14 percent from 2002.
More men are discovering the benefits of massage therapy as the total number of men receiving massage within the past year increased 3 percentage points. Seventeen percent of those polled received a massage in the past 12 months, an increase of 14 percent over last year.
"Along with massage therapy's continued popularity for relaxation and stress relief, this year's survey findings show higher numbers of consumers turning to massage therapy for pain relief than we've ever seen before," said Mary Beth Braun, AMTA president. "We continue to see that physicians and pain management experts find massage to be effective in relieving pain. And, consumers are continuing to see the health benefits of including massage therapy in their regular health regimen. This year's survey only reinforces the confidence people have in massage."
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