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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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