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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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