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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
Cancer and Massage: Debunking the Myths
By Janine Ray, LMT, MTI, CCMT
In recent years, there have been numerous misconceptions about indications and contraindications for massage therapy. In Texas, since the basic massage program consisted of only 300 educational hours, and because of the lack of adequate pathology training, students were taught not to massage a client who has cancer or any other condition for which there is a contraindication. If the therapist is not confident about massaging or does not know the modifications necessary for any given pathology, then this may be a suitable choice. However, because of the insufficient understanding of pathology by some massage therapists, there are entire populations of clients that could really use the benefits of massage who are not receiving the complete spectrum of care they should receive.
The Texas Association of Massage Therapists has teamed up with the MD Anderson Cancer Center's Integrated Medicine Program to present a conference April 12-13, 2008, in Houston entitled "Cancer and Massage - Debunking the Myths." The goal of this convention is to demonstrate and discuss how massage, as an integrative health care modality, can play a role in the wellness treatment of cancer patients, their family and friends. Attending this convention will offer Texas massage therapists the opportunity to study the modifications in treatment protocol necessary to serve cancer patients and their family by including massage in their wellness health care.
MD Anderson's "A Place of Wellness" has included massage therapy in its menu of wellness treatments for cancer patients, along with several other integrative health care modalities. On the cutting edge of cancer treatments and research, it is no wonder MD Anderson is one of the top cancer hospitals in the United States. The Integrated Health Care Department has offered to share its wealth of knowledge with Texas massage therapists by sponsoring and facilitating most workshops offered during the TAMT 2008 convention and exhibition, to be held on the MD Anderson campus in the Hickey Auditorium.
Dr. Cynthia Myers, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Houston - Reliant Park. Dr. Myers is the director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and assistant professor in the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. She also has been practicing massage therapy for more than 30 years. She currently provides massage therapy and relaxation training to patients and family members at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Having been the principal investigator on two National Institutes of Health-funded studies on the effects of family-administered massage therapy, her knowledge and experience will prove to be a guidepost for Texas massage therapists who want to truly use their gifts to help others.
Having stayed true to her touch roots, Dr, Myers has spoken nationally on the benefits of cancer massage, as well as helping to develop protocols for cancer massage. Dr. Myers is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the Society for Integrative Oncology, the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. In 1999, she completed her doctorate in psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist.
As a practicing clinical massage therapist who has never met a person whose life has not been touched by cancer, I look forward to participating and learning much more about massage and oncology at this conference. For those of you who may be interested in attending, the proposed workshops and lectures for the convention will include:
The facility has limited seating, so you should register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending. The registration for two days of the convention (which includes 12 CE hours and the banquet) is $275 for TAMT members and $375 for nonmembers. For more information, contact TAMT at www.texasmassagetherapists.com or call (888) 778-9851.
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