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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
For the Good of the Profession
By Angie Patrick
In my experience working in the massage industry, few things have brought me as much joy as the creation and growth of the Sanctuary project. I am extremely proud of the awareness the Sanctuary has brought to the need for support of massage therapy research.Massage Warehouse has been proud to present the Sanctuary for the past three years, and each year it grows in popularity. It also raises the awareness that fundraising is vital for massage research.
Why is massage therapy research so important? Research gives medical validity to the things most therapists already know in their hearts. Simply put, touch heals. And with the continued research, the crusade to make massage therapy mainstream becomes an ever-increasing reality.
This is one of the driving forces behind the Sanctuary, a fundraising event for massage therapy research. The Florida State Massage Therapy Association will host the 2008 Sanctuary in the exhibit hall at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort and Club during its annual convention from July 3-5, with all proceeds to benefit the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami. Dr. Tiffany Field's research for the effects of massage on premature children will receive every penny of the proceeds.
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 of and improvement in the health of these precious and incredibly fragile babies. 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.
At the Sanctuary in Boca Raton, you will experience an oasis of calm in an exciting and action-packed exhibit hall. For your tax-deductible donation of $10, you can indulge in one of many 10-minute rejuvenating and soothing mini spa treatments designed to restore your balance and serenity on a personal level.
You can choose from a host of treatments such as stone massage for the feet, basic foot massage, exfoliation, hot/cold contrast, Thai herbal-ball treatments and a rejuvenating facelift massage. You can use these protocols as an additional treatment option at the end of any massage session and increase your income. Not only does this give you an opportunity to see the products you purchase from the client perspective, but you also might learn new, easy-to-implement protocols to broaden your treatment offerings.
The Sanctuary movement truly has taken the nation by a storm. We have presented the Sanctuary in Orlando, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York with tremendous success, and we now look forward to the next presentation in beautiful Boca Raton. We also will present this event at the AMTA national convention in Phoenix later this year!
I am committed to raising awareness and funding research in the field of massage therapy, just as I am committed to assisting therapists in increasing their income. I am fortunate to have the support of Scrip Companies in this passion, as well as the kindness and generosity of all our event partners including Bon Vital, Darien Lourde, FSMTA, Performance Health, Massage Today and Soothing Touch, just to name a few. We also would like to recognize and offer our appreciation to the therapists who donate their time and money to help facilitate and enjoy the services provided.
The importance of massage therapy research is important to each and every member of this industry, from students to practitioners; from product suppliers to vendors and manufacturers. Each part of the overall industry benefits when massage becomes more readily recognized as having true therapeutic value and grows in stature in the regular medical community. We urge you to become involved in your own community and learn how you can help. It's through programs such as the Sanctuary, as well as your own individual participation, that will ensure the growth of our profession in years to come.
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