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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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 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.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
Planting Seeds for Success
By Peter W. Crownfield
In mid-2000, MPA Media decided to provide something unique to massage therapists: a monthly, independent news publication designed to facilitate communication and information exchange within the profession. As the first managing editor, my monumental task in preparing for the January 2001 launch of MT was to immerse myself in the profession in every manner possible - a profession about which I had little or no prior knowledge. To accomplish that, I turned to Cliff Korn, former NCBTMB chair, former president of the New Hampshire chapter of the AMTA, and founding editor of Massage Today.
Cliff solicited nearly all of MT's original columnists, including current contributors Whitney Lowe, Dr. John Upledger, Erik Dalton and Dr. Leon Chaitow. In doing so, he ensured MT would be able to consistently deliver solid content from the best in the business. Cliff also provided much of the news we've reported, especially in the early years. Between visiting trade shows and other events as editor of MT, to just keeping himself "in the know," Cliff served as a rich resource of information - information that would, either by his hand or an in-house editor's, end up on the front page of the publication. Our dedication to covering the news and events of the profession is one of many reasons MT always has been so different from other massage publications.
However, Cliff did much more than lay the foundation for the success of Massage Today. Through his eyes, I learned that reporting on the politics, the issues and the debates was no more important than providing a forum to share the wonderful qualities embodied by the massage profession. In short, I learned that reporting the news had to be tempered with an appreciation for the giving, caring spirit of the massage therapist. That's why we've done our best over the years to provide a variety of perspectives in every issue.
What does it mean to be a massage therapist? Cliff explained it poignantly in his May 2002 "From the Editor's Desk" column, "As massage therapists and bodyworkers, we likely have an impact on the world that even we cannot fathom. We may introduce many who have never had positive touch to the beneficial aspects of touch and acceptance. We probably help ourselves by touching as much as we help our patients and clients by having them receive touch. I believe the positive touch my grandchildren receive will be a big factor in their development as healthy, happy, well-adjusted individuals. I only wish that everyone had more positive touch."
As Cliff ends his tenure as editor of MT and devotes more time to his practice, his grandchildren and loved ones, among other worthy endeavors, we begin our eighth year of publication as the news and information source for the massage therapy profession. And we do so in large part due to Cliff Korn. We thank him for his outstanding service to the publication and the profession. But more than that, I thank him for his friendship and for giving me a profound appreciation for the power of touch.
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