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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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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