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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
AMTA Shares a Touch of Inspiration
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association hopes to provide "A Touch of Inspiration" to those attending its 2008 National Convention on Sept. 16-22. The Phoenix Convention Center will play host to this year's convention which includes pre-and post-convention workshops and the popular Exhibitor's Marketplace.
The pre-convention workshop, "Orthopedic Massage for Pelvic Stabilization and Complicated Upper Body Conditions" taught by James Waslaski begins Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Exhibitor's Marketplace opens Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and the keynote address by Judith Aston follows the Thursday morning opening session.
Classes include "Introduction to Stone Massage," "Assessment and Treatment of Common Knee Injuries," "Integral Anatomy: Layers, Relationships and Continuity," "Working With Trauma and Dissociation," "Implications of Presence in Massage Therapy," "Assessing Progress: Introducing Measurement Tools Into Your Practice," "Common Injuries of the Shoulder and Elbow," "An Introduction to Qualitative Health Research Methods for Massage," "Neuromuscular Integration Technique," "Deep Tissue Massage With Meridian Awareness" and "Future Healthcare Trends" just to name a few. The Massage Therapy Foundation will have poster sessions throughout the convention and will also introduce its new peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
The post-convention workshop, taught by the Upledger Institute ("Lymph Drainage Therapy"), will close out the festivities. It will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22.
The Exhibitor's Marketplace Opening Reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The exhibit hall also will be opening during the following hours:
If you are new to the AMTA or attending your first convention, a First-Timer Luncheon will be held Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon is designed to provide an opportunity for "first-timers" to meet the AMTA Board of Directors and connect with their fellow therapists as well.
The popular fundraising event, The Sanctuary, will again make an appearance in the Exhibitor's Marketplace. All proceeds from this event will go toward the research efforts of the Massage Therapy Foundation. For a $10 donation, attendees can receive a 10-minute foot or facial massage treatment. The Sanctuary raised $3,000 in 2007 for the Massage Therapy Foundation and hopes to have even greater success this year.
"We could not be happier to bring The Sanctuary to Phoenix! We are excited about raising awareness and funds for massage therapy research. Once again, we will invite convention attendees to visit us in the exhibit hall and donate $10 to the Massage Therapy Foundation, and in return experience 10 minutes of utter bliss while we provide the treatment of your choice from any of our six Sanctuary protocols," said Sanctuary founder Angie Patrick.
Be sure to stop by and reserve a time to be pampered, learn a new foot or facial treatment to integrate into your massage practice and help the Massage Therapy Foundation at the same time. Be sure to stop by the Massage Today booth to pick up your free, "Have You Had Your Massage Today" T-shirt and fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win $500.
Official convention hotels include the Hyatt Regency Phoenix (800)233-1234, the Wyndham Phoenix (602)333-0000 and the Hotel San Carlos (866)253-4121. You can also make reservations online at the AMTA Web site. For more information, including a full class schedule, a list of speakers and event details, as well as an online registration form, visit www.amtamassage.org.
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