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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 02
Texas Hosts Manual Therapy Symposium
By Meghan Vivo, Associate Editor
A two-day symposium addressing "Somato-Visceral Interactions and Autonomic Mechanisms of Manual Therapy" is scheduled from March 31 through April 1, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas. Part of the Osteopathic Collaborative Clinical Trials Initiatives Conference series, the event may be of particular interest to massage and other manual therapists. It represents an interdisciplinary collaboration between physical therapy, chiropractic and osteopathic organizations, with the Massage Therapy Foundation acting as a sponsor. Experts from the United States, Japan, Germany and Canada will discuss somato-visceral reflexes and autonomic mechanisms of manual therapy.
The conference begins with a welcome reception on Sunday, March 30, followed by two days of educational sessions, starting from 7:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. on Monday, March 31, and from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1.
The program will highlight current research illustrating the impact of manual therapy on physiologic processes and systemic disease. Specific sessions range from "Clinical Background from Manual Therapies and Review of the Clinical Evidence" and "Peripheral Somato-Visceral Mechanisms" to "Spinal Cord Mechanisms" and "Neuraxis and Central Mediation of Somato-Visceral Interactions." Speakers include Cynthia Myers, PhD, LMT, Joel G. Pickar, DC, PhD, Lisa E. Goehler, PhD, Brian S. Budgell, DC, PhD, and others. Participant break-out sessions will cover clinical conclusions and priorities, peripheral mechanism conclusions and priorities, and central mechanism conclusions and priorities. A discussion of the presentations will result in a published state-of-the-art consensus, with suggestions for clinical and research applications.
The standard registration fee is $400, the University of North Texas Health Science Center faculty/staff fee is $175 and the student fee is $75. After March 7th, only a limited number of spots will be available. For more information, visit www.hsc.unt.edu:81/eventinfo_1694.html.
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