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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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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