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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
Boca Raton Hosts FSMTA Convention
By Editorial Staff
This year's Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) annual convention will provide attendees with an opportunity to "Celebrate Massage." Boca Raton, Fla., will play host to the convention over Independence Day weekend (July 3-5) at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
Massage therapists will be able to earn up to 18 hours of continuing education credit and take all of the required classes for license renewal. Many well-known therapists will be presenting including Massage Today columnist David Kent, LMT ("Balancing Health and Well-Being") and MT contributor Ann Catlin, LMT, OTR ("Massage for Elders and Those at the End of Life" and "Massage for Elders in Facility Care"). Other featured classes include "Russian Sports Massage," "Thai Spa Herbal Ball Treatments," "Therapeutic Strategies for Surgeries, Scars, and Burns" and "Address Fascial Restrictions to Decrease Abnormal Tissue Patterns." Florida therapists also can complete all their required classes for licensing by taking two all-day classes on Friday, July 4.
In addition, there will be a Successful Start Program on Wednesday, July 2 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This program introduces massage therapy students and newly licensed therapists to the field of massage therapy, with concepts such as practice-building and billing issues. Speakers include Massage Today columnists David Kent, Vivian Madison-Mahoney and Angie Patrick.
The popular fundraising event, the Sanctuary, once again will be featured in the exhibit hall. For a $10 donation, you can get a 10-minute massage, including basic reflexology, stone massage, exfoliation, a hot/cold contrast protocol, an herbal-ball treatment and facial rejuvenating techniques. All proceeds benefit the Touch Research Institute's research on massage for premature children.
"As a parent of a severely premature child, I am abundantly aware of the benefit of touch and how it can help speed the development and improvement in the health of these precious and incredibly fragile babies," said Sanctuary founder Angie Patrick. "Through my own experience, as well as through the growth and progress of my own daughter, I am living testament to the importance of research and the support we all must provide."
Other scheduled events include: a keynote speech on July 3 by James Waslaski, LMT, an All-American Celebration Dinner and dance on July 4, and the FSMTA Annual Awards Banquet on July 5. For further information about the convention, as well as registration forms, hotel information and a complete program schedule, visit the convention Web site at www.fsmta.org or call (877) 376-8248.
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