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Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
AMTA Convention Sets Precedent for Years to Come
By Christie Bondurant
Downtown Phoenix welcomed this year's American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) national convention at the Phoenix Convention Center, Sept. 17-20. The four-day event included exciting giveaways, donations and a record number of exhibitors, setting the precedent for AMTA conventions for years to come.
At the start of the convention, AMTA President M.K. Brennan presented Massage Therapy Foundation President, Diana Thompson, with a symbolic $494,229 check representing the AMTA's record 2008 support for the foundation. "Since our inception in 1990, the Massage Therapy Foundation has benefited greatly from AMTA's generous and reliable support," said Thompson. "We are honored and grateful to have them as a major partner in our journey to serve our mission - to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service."
The association also honored convention keynote speaker Judith Aston, creator of Aston-Patterning, with its Distinguished Service award in recognition of her contributions to the profession and 40-year service as a member of the AMTA.
The more than 1,200 attendees were provided with educational training workshops on a variety of topics including current research, techniques, special populations, legal issues, business/ethics and health care. Massage Today columnist Dr. Ben Benjamin discussed common injuries, ethics and communication, while the Upledger Institute provided an overview of CranioSacral Therapy and lymph drainage therapy.
The AMTA House of Delegates debated proposals for position statements, approving three as official positions of the association. Statements are developed and submitted by members according to specific guidelines and criteria, and then presented to the House of Delegates during its meeting at the annual convention. This year's approved position statements read as follows:
A record number of exhibitors (114) attended the 2008 convention, offering information, products and services for massage therapists. The Massage Warehouse, a Scrip Company, in partnership with Bon Vital, Performance Health, Soothing Touch, TH Stone, Unique Skincare and Massage Envy, was back with its "Sanctuary," and raised more than $4,000 - with all proceeds donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Convention-goers buzzed with excitement at this year's Massage Today raffle, held for the first time on two consecutive days. Participants entered the raffles on Friday and Saturday by simply submitting their name and wearing their free "Have You Had Your Massage Today" T-shirt at the time of the drawing. As has become the tradition, David Kent of Kent Health Systems, MC'd the drawings and had the estimated 900 participants clapping and shouting in unison.
Raffle winners received nearly $2,000 in cash and prizes. Massage therapists Debra Kerwin and Christie Beattie each walked away with $500. Other winners received an NRG Chi table with bolster, NRG Grasshopper chair and an Oakworks rolling stool, worth more than $500, all donated by Massage Warehouse. Convention exhibitors including China Gel, Amber Products, Soothing Touch, Compassionate Touch, Biofreeze and Massage Warehouse also donated an estimated $400 worth of products for raffle participants.
The 2009 AMTA national convention will be held in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 23-26. For more information on the convention, please visit www.amtamassage.org.
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