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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
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?
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
Oklahoma Introduces Massage Bill
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
On Feb. 4, Republican Rep. Denney Lee introduced to the Oklahoma legislature House Bill 3199, the Massage Therapy Practice Act, which provides licensure for the state's therapists and massage schools. Revised after some controversial language was removed, the bill will go into effect Oct. 1, 2008, if passed.
Under the original version of the bill, nonresident members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) - and only the AMTA - would have been exempt from state oversight. This prompted the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) to express its concerns and objections over this word choice to AMTA Oklahoma chapter Government Relations Chair Scott Rayburn. ABMP also issued a statement to its members which read, in part, "[T]he language also exempting a practitioner described 'as a member of a nonprofit organization which is tax exempt under 26 United States Codes Annotated, Sec. 501(c) (Internal Revenue Code)' takes it a step too far. Because of the AMTA's technical tax status as tax exempt, AMTA members from out of state would be able to practice without a license in Oklahoma while other out-of-state practitioners could not. This is unacceptable and discriminatory." According to Rayburn and the AMTA, "We've modified the language in the bill to accommodate them. We struck that whole sentence regarding the tax-exempt status."
If passed in October, the bill establishes the creation of a seven-member Oklahoma Massage Therapy Advisory Committee under the authority of the Oklahoma State Board of Health. According to the bill, these seven members will be appointed as follows:
"Two members who shall be licensed massage therapists with at least three (3) years of massage therapy practice and who are actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy during the members' tenure shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for terms of four (4) years. ... Two members who shall be licensed massage therapists with at least three (3) years of massage therapy practice and who are actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy during the members' tenure shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate for terms of four (4) years. ... Three members shall be appointed by the Governor for terms of four (4) years as follows: a. one member shall be a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy with no financial interest, direct or indirect, in the profession of massage therapy ... b. one member shall be a licensed massage therapy school instructor ... c. one member shall be a member of the public who has not been licensed and has no financial interest, direct or indirect, in the profession of massage therapy."
Also according to the bill, the committee will serve to advise the board about "scope and standards of practice; licensure requirements, examination requirements, exceptions thereto, renewal requirements, temporary licensure and endorsement or reciprocity requirements; methods and requirements for ensuring the continued competence of licensed persons; grounds for probation, revocation or suspension of license and reinstatement provisions; fees; and other matters which may pertain to the practice of massage."
The bill also states that, "Individuals practicing massage under this act shall not perform any of the following: diagnosis of illness or disease; high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust; electrical stimulation; application of ultrasound; use of any technique that interrupts or breaks the skin; or prescribing medicines."
Emergency response is an increasingly important facet of the massage profession. The bill addresses the possibility that practitioners from other states could be present and offer massage services during an emergency. "Any nonresident person holding a current license, registration or certification in massage therapy from another state or recognized national certification system determined as acceptable by the Board when temporarily present in this state for the purpose of providing massage therapy services as part of an emergency response team working in conjunction with disaster relief officials or at special events such as conventions, sporting events, educational field trips, conferences, traveling shows or exhibitions."
The bill also stipulates certain bodywork practices that are exempted from the law including Asian bodywork, acupressure, jin shin do, qigong, reiki, shiatsu, tuina, polarity therapy, Rolfing, Hellerwork, soma neuromuscular integration, Feldenkrais, Rolf movement integration, Trager work and body-mind centering.For more information or to view the revised text of the bill, visit www.okcoalition.org. Contact the AMTA at www.amtamassage.org and the ABMP at www.abmp.com.
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