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Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
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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