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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
California Massage Bill Defeated
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Maneuvering through the legislative process can be a daunting task, and after almost three years of negotiating, advocating and waiting, it seems S.B.412 finally has been defeated. The goal of S.B.412 was to establish a voluntary, statewide certification program for California massage therapists.
If passed, the legislation would have reduced the many complications that continue to frustrate California massage therapists.These complications primarily are caused by the inconsistencies within California's many different current local and county regulatory systems. Instead of getting a permit from every city and/or county one might massage in, the proposed bill essentially would have created a voluntary, uniform process to certify a massage therapist's "portability" to work anywhere within the state.
In the early stages, there were many obstacles to overcome in trying to simultaneously please the different massage communities. But in the end, there was consensus in order to stand on common ground. A big obstacle finally was resolved by the creation of two separate tiers: a 250-hour educational requirement with the title "massage practitioner," and a second tier requiring 500 hours of education and use of the title "massage therapist." The other amendment debate was a grandfathering education-hour requirement, which was resolved with 500 hours after 2012 and/or the choice to not be licensed at all and just practice under the jurisdiction of the local city or county ordinances. While the process might seem simple by definition, the bill would have been the most complicated of its type in the nation.
The last debate on the floor came to a standstill as the California Chiropractic Association's lobbyists opposed the definition of "massage," including passive joint movement. The CCA had eight lobbyists on the floor insisting that, without a prescription from a medical doctor, this would be extremely dangerous to the public. (See "A Far Stretch" in the April 2006 issue or click here for the online version). When push came to shove, it seems the CCA had just enough clout to kill the bill, despite efforts from strong voices in the legislature advocating for the massage community.
Beverly May, AMTA government chair and pioneer of the California state licensing movement, said the reason behind the battle centered on the CCA "flexing its muscles" to display to its membership that the CCA still has some muscle power in Sacramento. Two therapists from the AMTA California chapter gave Senator Liz Figueroa a demonstration of "passive joint movement" to show how unreasonable the demands actually were. May pointed out that "the most ridiculous part of the whole objection is that with the failure of the bill, massage therapists will still be free to practice the very techniques that are keeping it from passing."
The CCA convinced the legislators this meant massage therapists would be manipulating joints. However, the real manipulation was done by this chiropractic group. The CCA lobbyists made sure it was understood that the CCA's support for the re-election of specific legislators was contingent on opposing this bill.
The ABMP and the California chapter of the AMTA both would have withdrawn their support if the medical prescription demand had been passed. Both groups and current lobbyists will have to compromise and work together to further develop and perfect the legislation if it is to be reintroduced at some point. According to AMTA lobbyist Mark Rakich's observations, the experience will help any future laws involving our profession. What is clear here is that this profession is not politically organized enough or powerful enough to pass this type of vital legislation. Our association leaders need to work together to raise the money necessary to fund this type of vital legislation. While it remains impossible to please everyone interested, the bill did come a long way, but it's still difficult to predict what will happen next.
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