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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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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