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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 more information about Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
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