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Thinking About Cohen's Kappa
Let's think about some notions of reliability and validity, and about what it means for diagnostic examiners to agree in meaningful ways. Diagnostic tests must obviously be both reliable and valid.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Why More Patients Don't Come to Your Office
Every so often, something turns out to be much easier than anticipated. It's like ordering a piece of furniture or a child's toy that comes in 167 pieces.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
We Get Letters & Email
It was with great interest that I read "Trouble in the Wellness Waters?" in the May 1, 2015 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic. I heartily applaud Dr. Hayes for his insightful and informative article.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Managed Care Subverts Chiropractic
A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care underscores why so many chiropractic patients go out of network in order to get the care they need: Managed care may be effectively locking them out.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do You Have a Post-ICD-10 Strategy?
Post-ICD-10 planning is critically important to the health of a practice, in part because ICD-10 is brand new to providers, payers and related affiliates alike.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update and Review of Mechanisms
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Active Care for Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain is a common injury, since this joint is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking. In fact, 10 percent of all emergency-room visits are ankle-sprain related and an estimated 25,000 ankle sprains occur in the United States daily.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Troubleshooting: Billing Multiple Fees for the Same Service
I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot bill different fees for the same service.
A Tribute to a True Chiropractic Leader
President of Texas Chiropractic College (alumnus, class of 1950) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Board of Governors. President of the Texas Chiropractic Association and twice-appointed member of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)
Recently, a new patient told me about what I thought was a novel twist on the doctor-patient relationship. She felt she had to lie to her DC to discontinue her treatment.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
September, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 09
National Conventions Showcase Education, Networking Opportunities
FSMTA Convention: Something for Everyone; AMTA Convention: Building Professional Excellence
By Editorial Staff
The city of Orlando, Florida, prides itself on its entertainment options. There are a variety of theme parks, beaches, museums, championship golf courses and any number of other leisure activities vying for dollars and attention.
It was in this city of endless options that the Florida State Massage Therapy Association decided to create a few more educational, networking and entertainment opportunities by holding its annual convention at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate from June 28 through July 2.
A variety of continuing education topics were available for attendees to choose from, including the "Successful Start" program for first-time attendees. Sponsored by the Upledger Institute, seminar presenters included Bruce Baltz, Alice Belusko, Mark Bigelow, Raymond Blaylock, Mya Breman, Elizabeth Demmel, David Dolan, Katie Haley, Jerry Konrad, Peggy Lamb, Jill Mabry, Michelle Mace, Don McCann, Margie Meshew, Pete Pfannerstill, Paul St. John, Frank Tedesco, Linda Walker, Tracy Walton, Tad Wanveer, Pete Whitridge and Zhenya Wine. Some of the topics covered included Foundation of Deep Tissue Healing, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Yumana Body Rolling, Aquatic Healing, Ashiatsu Bar Therapy without the bars, Introduction to Swe-Thai Massage, Introduction to Kinesio Taping, NatureSynergy Rejuvenating Face Lift Massage, Cancer and Massage Therapy: Safe Practice and Surgery, Scars, Burns and Myofascial Therapies.
More than 60 companies filled the convention hall to offer attendees the opportunity to see the products and services to help them build their businesses. Companies in attendance included:
The event gave attendees a chance to experience all that Orlando and the FSMTA have to offer. To view photos of the event and to get information on next year's convention, visit www.fsmta.org.
AMTA Convention (Oct. 11-14): Building Professional Excellence
Come spend October in Atlanta as the American Massage Therapy Association holds its national convention, "Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge: Building Professional Excellence." The convention will be held at the Hilton Atlanta from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14, with a variety of continuing education, exhibitors and networking opportunities available.
This year's keynote address will be presented by Massage Today columnist Cary Bayer, life coach and founder of Bayer Communications. Continuing education topics include "Massage for the Stroke Patient and Neurological Dysfunctions: Approach to Neurological Pathologies," "Palpation Reliability for Injury Prevention," "Parkinsonism: Understanding, Approach and Massage for the Patient," "Stone Massage: Fundamentals for Deep Tissue Healing," and "The Heart of Ethics," among others.
The Exhibits Marketplace also will be open to attendees, with vendors offering various products and massage services. The marketplace will be open Thursday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Massage Therapy Research Foundation will hold a poster session for attendees to learn how massage therapy researchers are advancing the massage therapy profession. The poster sessions will be held during the Exhibits Marketplace hours. The foundation also is offering a grant-writing workshop led by President Diana L. Thompson, LMP, and Vice President Glenn M. Hymel, EdD, LMT. They will explain each grant program, the submission requirements, the application procedure and the criteria used in the evaluation process of Massage Therapy Foundation grants. The foundation also will present two seminars, "Writing Case Reports" and "Current Massage Therapy Research Findings and Their Effect on the Profession."
Also benefiting the foundation, Massage Warehouse, a SCRIP company, is presenting "The Sanctuary in Atlanta," a "10-10-10" fundraising event. In conjunction with event partners, Bon Vital Massage Products, Earthlite Massage Tables, George Skaroulis of Evzone Music, Core Products, Roz Zollinger of The Heal Center, media sponsor Massage Today and other corporate sponsors, the Sanctuary will provide attendees with an opportunity to unwind and refocus during the convention. The Sanctuary is located at Massage Warehouse booths 118 and 119; the "10-10-10" promotion is defined as the following:
Attendees can enjoy foot treatments provided by the students of The Heal Center in Atlanta while listening to George Skaroulis' newest release, appropriately titled, "Sanctuary." Reflexology, exfoliation and stone massage foot treatments will be offered, featuring Bon Vital foot balm and body polish. Earthlite Massage Tables will be providing portable Calistoga tables and Core Products will provide a variety of hot and cold therapy products. Hours of operation for The Sanctuary are: Thursday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We invite every attendee, exhibitor and presenter to 'The Sanctuary in Atlanta,'" said Angie Patrick of Massage Warehouse. "This is an excellent way to recharge your mind, body and spirit. Stop by the Massage Warehouse booth and experience true Southern hospitality in our own hometown."
For more detailed information on the AMTA convention in Atlanta, including a conference brochure and hotel registration information, visit www.amtamassage.org.
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