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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 10, 2006
AMTA California Chapter Hosts Annual Convention
More than 300 massage therapists from across California gathered at the Costa Mesa Hilton to learn, share and renew friendships at the 2006 AMTA-CA annual convention March 22-26.
California massage therapists could obtain continuing education credits through a variety of workshops, including "CranioSacral Therapy" by Carol McLellan from the Upledger Institute, "Introduction to Prenatal Massage" by Val Guin and "Body Mechanics for Therapists" by Irene Diamond.Other workshop topics included "Reflexology," "Degriefing for Bodyworkers," and "Ethics." The chapter also held its business meeting where it accepted reports and nominations of officers. The keynote address was delivered by businessman, management and personnel trainer, speaker, author and consultant David Corbin.
Arguably one of the most important meetings of the conference was the government relations meeting conducted by Chris Voltarel, government relations co-chair, and Beverly May. The meeting began with a briefing on the history of state licensing in California. The presentation was politically educational on the dynamics of how a two-year bill gets routed and passed. Voltarel and May, a pioneer in attempting to attain California state regulation for massage therapy for over 17 years, explained how 2005 was a definite step in the right direction. Most important, the meeting included an update on where everyone stands in the process. Questions were posed on the makeup of the board intended to regulate the licensing pre-emption and educational requirements. For the bill to establish a voluntary, statewide certification program for massage, the educational requirements for therapists would have to be consistent between state and city regulations. This could prove to be difficult, but May and Voltarel explained the need to get a foot in the door because "the fear of loss is greater than desire of gain."
May and Voltarel also discussed a few recent hurdles the bill is facing, with the hottest issues being the language defining the word "massage therapist." The language used to describe a massage therapist's scope of practice is still being negotiated by chiropractors and physical therapists. They also addressed the pressing issue of educational requirements of the bill and spoke of an ongoing compromise between educational groups and massage organizations that have come to the agreement on a two-tiered system.
Currently, the bill has moved through the Senate and the Assembly Business and Professions Committee; however it's unlikely to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee until this summer. May explained that this delay might be in the best interests of the therapist, because there still are a few issues to be worked out to ensure its support before it continues to progress. There was a sense of unity expressed as individuals began to let go of certain ideals in order to keep the bill intact. Most therapists agree that, even with a sacrifice of certain ideals and opinions, "it's better to have something than nothing."
One new change to this year's convention was the addition of a job fair for local massage therapy students, to give them an opportunity to take part in this event and to learn more about what the massage therapy profession has to offer.
The exhibit hall contained a number of vendors including Bon Vital, Bio Freeze, the Upledger Institute, Biotone and the American Massage Council. In total, 29 vendors spent time offering attendees a chance for some retail therapy.
Next year's California Massage and Bodywork Convention will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose from March 29 through April 1. For more information about the 2006 convention as well as next year's gathering, visit www.amta-ca.org.
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