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Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
By Tina Beychok, Associate Editor
This year's Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) annual convention promises to provide plenty of opportunity for attendees to "Explore the Possibilities Through Massage Therapy." The home of the Magic Kingdom will play host to the convention from June 27-July 1 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Fla.
The convention will have a full schedule of classes, allowing therapists to earn up to 18 hours of CE credit.Many well-known therapists will be presenting, including Massage Today columnists Erik Dalton ("Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques for Symptomatic Scoliosis"), David Kent ("Headaches: Types, Triggers and Treatments"), Vivian Madison-Mahoney ("Insurance Billing: Procedures, Laws and Rules") and Tracey Walton ("Cancer and Massage Therapy: What Does the Research Say?"). Other featured classes will include: "Aromatic Kinesiology"; "Advanced Sports Massage Techniques"; "Massage Therapist Self-Care for Wellness"; and "Hawaiian Lomi Lomi."
In addition, there will be a Successful Start Program on June 27 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This free program is aimed toward massage therapy students and newly licensed therapists to introduce them to the field of massage therapy with concepts such as practice-building and billing issues. Successful Start is sponsored by FSMTA, Performance Health Products and Massage Warehouse.
Making its FSMTA debut, the exhibit hall will play host to the Sanctuary. For a $10 donation, you can get a 10-minute massage, including basic reflexology, stone massage, exfoliation, and a hot/cold protocol. All proceeds will benefit the Touch Research Institute's research into the field of massage benefits for premature children. As an added bonus, any attendee who shows up at the Massage Today booth wearing one of the Massage Today T-shirts that were given away last year, Massage Today will provide them with a $10 coupon for one of the Sanctuary treatments.
Other special events will include individual chapter parties on Friday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as a banquet on Saturday, June 30, sponsored by Performance Health.
As a special incentive in the exhibit hall, the FSMTA Hospitality Desk will be offering one raffle ticket for every $10 spent. Vendors will be donating prizes that will be raffled off during the show. Cash drawings also will be held in the exhibit hall. The conference fee is $395 for FSMTA members and $520 for nonmembers.
For further information about the convention, as well as registration forms, hotel information and a complete program schedule, visit the convention Web site at: www.fsmta.org or call FSMTA toll-free at: (877) 376-8248.
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