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Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Florida Therapists Celebrate Massage
By Editorial Staff
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) celebrated massage and Independence Day at its 2008 Annual Convention July 3-5 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla.
Therapists were able to earn up to 18 hours of continuing education credit from classes taught by many well-known therapists. Classes included "Russian Sports Massage," "Thai Spa Herbal Ball Treatments," "Therapeutic Strategies for Surgeries, Scars and Burns" and "Address Fascial Restrictions to Decrease Abnormal Tissue Patters."
The Successful Start Program on Wednesday, July 2, welcomed massage therapy students and newly licensed therapists to the field of massage therapy with concepts such as practice building and insurance billing issues. Successful Start speakers included Massage Today columnists David Kent, Angie Patrick and Vivian Madison-Mahoney.
The popular fundraising event, The Sanctuary, was featured in the exhibit hall and donated all of its proceeds - more than $5,000 - to the Touch Research Institute (TRI). Sanctuary sponsor Massage Envy also donated an additional $10,000 to TRI's research studying the effects of massage on premature children.
"I could not be happier with the Sanctuary at the FSMTA conference this year," said Sanctuary founder Angie Patrick. "I am humbled by the outpouring of support and love for this project, and I am thankful for everyone who participated!"
The annual awards banquet on July 5 was well-attended as chapters and therapists were recognized for their efforts in supporting the massage therapy profession. The FSMTA Humanitarian Award went to long-time Melbourne, Fla. therapist Jody Stork. Performance Health presented Stork with a check for $500 to the charity of her choice which was Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Stork has a long history of service in Florida and has volunteered her time with organizations such as the Children's Home Society, Kids Without Christmas, The Haven, Candlelighters, Heart Walk, American Cancer Society, The Zachary Project and the Early Intervention Center. Stork has also worked with local schools and hospitals for teacher and nurse appreciation events. She is the owner and director of her own massage school and during the spring, she and her students work with the Washington Nationals professional baseball team. She has been the therapist for the World Champion Florida Marlins baseball team, as well as former Miami Dolphins quarterback and hall of famer Dan Marino.
For more information about this year's convention or to get a preview of next year's gathering, visit the FSMTA Web site at www.fsmta.org.
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