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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
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Never Forget Why You Became a Massage Therapist
This is in reply to a letter in your May 2008 issue written by John B. Frederick, in reply to an article by Ralph Stevens. I hardly ever write in response to letters to the editor, but Mr. Frederick's letter was such I felt obligated to all those dedicated and caring massage therapists and educators who care about their clients. I will answer him point by point.
First, Mr. Frederick claims 90 percent of all massage therapists who walk through massage therapy school have no business being there. I would like to know where Mr. Frederick gets his numbers. I have taught and hold to the highest standards every student in my multiple classes and have never seen numbers like that. It is true there are many individuals who sign up, but they are soon weeded out by either their dedicated instructors or by their unwillingness to work hard and meet the grade.
Second, Mr. Frederick states schools do not weed out those who are not "born" to be massage therapists. Can Mr. Frederick please tell me how you can "weed out" potential therapists during a one- to two-hour interview process? It is a school's curriculum and the knowledge and experience of their passionate instructors that forces a student to either make the grade or not. If the school curriculum is strong enough and the instructors are observant enough, those who are not born for this work will not "cut it" and those who are, will. I'm not saying every school holds these same values, but I know for a fact and from experience that many do. By the way, the hamstrings are three muscles: biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Did you know if I was right without looking it up? How about the origins, insertions and actions?
You talk about results. Can you explain the results you are talking about? There are many specialties involved in the practice of massage therapy. Each is result-oriented, but those expected results are different, for example:
Finally, and the main reason for this letter, Mr. Frederick states 95 percent of everything that walks into his office has a soft-tissue problem. I would be curious to hear the replies from his clients if they heard themselves, along with their physical, emotional and spiritual problems, referred to as things. As someone who has seen firsthand the power of touch when dealing with those individuals touched by illness and disease, I take great offense to that statement. These people are not things. They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandparents, siblings, children and friends reaching out for someone to "rub" their hands or feet, massage their back after laying on an operating table or MRI machine, massage their neck after lying in a hospital bed for weeks, or just receive the tender loving touch of another human being.
I took great offense to Mr. Frederick's letter and suggest he come to New Jersey and see our students at work and the response from the mothers, fathers, etc. He does make some valid points, but I think in the past 25 years, he has lost sight of why he became a massage therapist in the first place. It's not about fixing; it's about being there in the best way you can and improving yourself as you venture on this journey.
James T. Zazeski, NCTMB, AOSMT
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