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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.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
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.
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?
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
May, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 05
"Medical Massage" Survey and Results
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
In February 2006, a group called the National Training Institute, led by Damien Berg and Shannon Ring, invited a group of prominent people in the massage industry to join its online Yahoo Chat Group to participate in a "Medical Massage Summit" discussion.The purpose of this two-hour session was to try and obtain opinions, feelings, attitudes and suggestions about training, education, licensing, credentialing and philosophy statements on "medical massage."
Since that discussion, many of the correspondences I have received seem to revolve around medical massage terminology, including the need or lack thereof for a definition and other requirements related to this issue. So, I decided to include a mini-survey in my "Massage Insurance Updates, Tips & News" e-mail campaign and report on the results in Massage Today. Although this is not along the lines of my usual column topic, insurance issues, I'm sure you will find the survey results quite interesting, particularly considering the ongoing debate within the massage profession concerning medical massage.
My e-list has been compiled from those who purchased manuals, home study courses, attended my seminars, or contacted me for questions and problem-solving issues regarding insurance billing over the years. From the survey on medical massage, I have received 159 responses. I reviewed each at least two or three times and compiled the following summary. I also began a survey last year of faxed responses. Only comments from one of those faxes are included in these results.
Respondents were so interested in this subject that most did not answer only with a simple yes or no, but conveyed added emotions, opinions and suggestions. Below are the response totals for each question. Because many respondents did not answer with a definite yes or no, when possible, I have placed their response in the appropriate yes or no category, based on their comments.
Example: Question 1 may have had many "yes" answers, but many of the respondents' explanations actually meant "no." These people mostly responded that they didn't think any massage modality or procedure needed to be defined as "medical massage," because "all massage is medical, beneficial, creates healing, etc., whether covered by insurance and whether prescribed for a particular diagnosis by a physician."
Questions and Answers
Should any massage therapy be officially defined as "medical massage?"
Yes: 21; No: 129; Comments without a definite Y or N: 9.
If yes (to Question 1), please give your best or favorite definition and reason for wanting it defined.
For those who did answer yes to Question 1, their responses to Question 2 did not indicate the need for particular designation or requirements of "medical massage." They felt medical massage was already defined in one way or another. What follows is a summary of some of the comments regarding medical massage and how it should be "defined."
Summary of Responses to Question 2
Do you think a massage therapist should have to be officially certified or titled "medical massage therapist" for physicians to refer their patients or to be reimbursed by insurance?
Yes: 10; No: 128; Comments or No answer: 21.
The No responses to Question 3 were adamant and included, "No," "Not Ever," "No!!," "Hell no," "Absolutely not," "Absolutely no" and "Not now."
If yes to Question 3, how/by whom should this certification be provided (state boards, state associations, NCBTMB, other)?
If other, please name/explain.
Summary of Responses to Question 4
May I use your answers in my survey results?
One hundred percent said "Yes," although many asked that I not use their names. No names were used unless specifically requested or suggested, and even then, only some initials were used in my final summary on file.
No e-mail addresses were used.
All responses are saved for further proof if necessary.
I do appreciate all of those who took the time and effort to read and respond to my e-mail survey. For any of you who did not receive my e-mail survey and would like to contribute, you may e-mail me at: and submit answers to the five questions listed above.
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