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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 01
Hand in Hand With Eldercare and Hospice
A Symposium to Expand Your Practice and Open Your Heart
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of serving elders in facility care and hospice, as well as teaching others how to provide care through touch and massage. I dedicate this column to assisting anyone desiring a similar path of service and invite you to the 2009 Hand in Hand Symposium in Florida. Join others who envision a world where a healing presence in the form of touch is commonplace and every elderly, ill and dying person has access to the benefits of massage.
There is no better time to diversify your practice to serve this special population - to increase your clientele and your revenue and, at the same time, open your heart as you touch the lives of those in later-life stages. In an effort to work toward that vision, the Center for Compassionate Touch is organizing "Hand in Hand 2009: A Symposium Celebrating Massage Therapy in Eldercare and Hospice," to be held May 1-3 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla. The symposium is designed to be a forum for the creative exchange of ideas regarding program development, education, vision and shared resources between massage therapists and eldercare and hospice professionals and organizations.
Why now? In today's economic climate, many of us are looking for creative ways to thrive in our practices. Opportunities to pioneer and participate in the implementation of massage therapy in traditional and nontraditional health care settings are exploding. Three major trends point to this promising opportunity: (1) The Silver Tsunami created by the baby boomers reaching retirement age is happening now, creating the need for specialized services. (2) There is a growing number of eldercare facilities and hospices across the nation. (3) At the same time, there is dramatic competition among these health care organizations. Their "customers" (clients, caregivers, family members and federal regulators) are demanding that they look for innovative complementary services to improve quality of life. Massage therapy is an effective, non-pharmacological approach that answers this demand.
In the past decade, massage therapy has gained recognition and acceptance in mainstream health care settings like hospitals, clinics, eldercare facilities and hospices. Our profession is expanding to answer the growing demand for therapists with training to serve diverse special populations. Elders in long-term care and individuals in hospice care represent a growing clientele and specialized area of practice. As public awareness about the benefits of massage grows, hospices and long-term care facilities are recognizing the value of adding massage therapy to the programs and services they offer.
By attending Hand in Hand 2009, you will learn from leaders in our profession, as well as from experts in the fields of eldercare and hospice. The symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers and learn essential elements of program development and promotion of your services. While eldercare and retirement communities are discovering the value of massage therapy, they need guidance in program development, identifying incentives for offering massage services, or assistance in locating a massage therapist with the right set of skills.
"The symposium will provide an opportunity for professionals to learn about the application and importance of massage therapy being integrated into quality health care," said Don Spaulding, director of health services at the Mayflower Retirement Community in Winter Park, Fla. "Providing massage to elders and hospice patients as a skilled intervention is providing an additional level of comfort and allows one-on-one focused attention with the resident."
By joining hands with leaders in the fields of massage, eldercare and hospice, you can celebrate the mutual benefits of massage therapy and share your vision for the future of this pioneering work.
Hand in Hand 2009 is a ground-breaking event designed for massage therapists and eldercare and hospice professionals. By coming together to celebrate the mutual benefits of massage in these special settings, we uplift the lives of the individuals and communities we serve, as well as our own.
For more information on the upcoming symposium, please visit: www.handinhand2009.com.
Click here for previous articles by Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
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