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An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
Open Hearts in Arizona
By Angie Patrick
The spirit of giving is alive and well in the beautiful state of Arizona. The 2008 American Massage Therapy Association National Convention, held in Phoenix this September, featured the third annual Sanctuary fundraiser to benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation.The exhibit hall was alive with both seasoned therapists as well as those just learning massage. Seemingly everyone in attendance wanted to take a turn in one of the Sanctuary bays for a bit of relaxation and pampering.
The Sanctuary is a project that is designed to raise greater awareness of and funding for massage research. In essence, a mini spa is set up at the trade show and manned by volunteers. In this setting, various 10-minute treatments are performed for a $10 donation. The treatments span an array of protocols, including facial massage, as well as treatments designed specifically for the feet such as hot/cold contrast, Thai herbal balls, exfoliation and reflexology.
We were blessed by the talented hands of so many openhearted volunteers! Many established and well-recognized therapists from the Phoenix area graced the therapist chairs, as well as students from Apollo College. This fundraiser is designed to help each of them by furthering the acceptance of massage therapy and the quantification of the value of the therapy as a whole. It is an event designed truly for them and without whom the event would not be possible; it is further evidence of the symbiotic relationship we all share with one another.
Each of the bays opened was in full swing, rarely experiencing downtime. The popularity of this event is extraordinary and has shown marked growth each and every year. It proves unequivocally that people enjoy massage and therapists specifically crave the healing powers of bodywork, even while on a trade show floor.
One of the most exciting benefits of Sanctuary is the opportunity to sample products as they were intended to be used, rather than in passing while walking crowded aisles. At Sanctuary, the attendee can choose from any one of six protocols featuring products provided by Bon Vital, Soothing Touch, Performance Health, Sa-Wan, Unique Skin Care and TH Stone. They are given the unique opportunity to see and feel the products, not just from the perspective of the therapist but, almost more importantly, from the perspective of the client. This is a first, and it is proving to be more effective in the education and understanding of the benefits each of these wonderful products provides.
It isn't only the industry's leading manufacturers who were in the giving mood; two of the industry's largest media leaders took part in the event as well. We are proud to welcome Massage Today and Massage Magazine as event partners. Such distinguished sponsorship has certainly given Sanctuary a life of its own, and has helped the project raise more than $30,000 for research in the past three years.
Massage Warehouse is truly honored to be able to present Sanctuary, and we are proud of the success it has enjoyed. We have been both humbled and amazed at the tremendous generosity of not only the volunteers and event partners, but also the convention attendees. On numerous occasions, people have doubled or even tripled the requested donation amount because they know it is going to benefit their industry as a whole and help it become stronger. It is with my whole heart that I say thank you to all who have participated. For those who have yet to enjoy Sanctuary, look for us in 2009 at the FSMTA convention in Orlando, Fla., as well as the American Massage Therapy Association Convention, also in Orlando.
If you are a manufacturer or media outlet and would like to be a part of this worthwhile event in 2009, please contact me for information on sponsorship.
Click here for previous articles by Angie Patrick.
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