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Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
Accountability to the Profession
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Ethics are dictating principles that reflect one's moral values. These values arise from an innate sense of right and wrong. Practicing according to this intuitive sense brings integrity to our personal and professional lives.The same ethical policies pave the road to success for the massage profession. How we conduct ourselves as therapists directly impacts the progress and reputation of the massage and bodywork profession as a whole.
This discussion includes internal accountability (integrity and honesty in practice) and external accountability (advancing the profession as a whole). Use the following to guide you in your practice:
The massage and bodywork profession has come a long way in the last two decades, becoming a leading alternative therapy. Currently, 37 states have passed laws to standardize the massage profession, each establishing a unique set of rules to regulate the profession by licensure, certification or registration. As professionals, we must know and respect the laws and regulations in our jurisdiction and be honest in all applications. In establishing a standard protocol to practice, the reputation of massage therapy will be amplified.
The massage and bodywork profession has come a long way in the last two decades, becoming a leading alternative therapy.
Uniform laws and regulations have set a standard of care that the public can trust. By working with our legislators, we change and utilize these laws to promote bodywork within our communities. Staying informed on the progression of laws and regulations in our jurisdiction is vital. We must stay active in the political processes that dictate the guidelines shaping our procedures and the quality of our care.
By participating in the development of these laws, we gain not only the respect of the public and the government but the respect of other health care professionals, as well. This respect builds a convenient way for doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors to refer their patients to us with confidence. Creditability and trust between massage practitioners and other health care professionals is strengthened with a state-regulated license.
Along with a formal license or statewide certification, joining a professional association and being nationally certified leads to further accreditation as therapists. Regular meetings and participation in seminars and conventions is a great way to stay updated with colleagues and exchange ideas or concerns with other practitioners. Frequent communication of personal successes and failures among associates will continue the advancement of the massage profession.
Furthermore, we communicate professionally through our image. This includes several things in practice such as the way we dress, our attitude and our body language. The way we dress is a powerful, non verbal communicator. A cotton, collared shirt and long shorts or pants seem to work best to move freely and stay cool. A uniform dress code or color for your business also is helpful to identify yourself and portray a sense of respect for one's client and business.
Along with a dress code, a routine process in practice is important. Following a routine can produce the mental conditioning for a comfortable transition into receiving bodywork for the client. Greeting clients in the office and on the phone with politeness and honest concern is always best. Creating a specific tradition in the procedures of treatment promotes a confidence in our abilities and an assurance in our instructions. After all, most successful health care professions follow routine procedures within their area of expertise.
Massage and bodywork therapy has become a respected leader in alternative health care and continues to gain popularity in the public eye. Staying within the scope of practice and not performing any procedures outside our area of proficiency also is crucial to our reputation as professionals. We must never make false promises to our clients about treatment results or products and referrals that will not help them. We must continue to make the right ethical choices to succeed individually and for the profession to prosper as a whole.
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