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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
June, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 06
Interview with Ruth Werner, MTF President-Elect
By Christie Bondurant
The Massage Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees announced recently that Ruth Werner, LMP, author, educator and long-time Massage Today columnist, is president-elect of the Foundation.She will serve in the newly created position for a one-year term ending March 1, 2010, at which time she will assume her role as president for a two-year term. In an interview with Massage Today, Werner discusses her recently announced position and long-standing commitment to the Foundation and research in the profession.
You have been a trustee with the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) since March 2006, tell us of some memorable experiences working with the MTF, as well as some new projects.
I've been with the Foundation for about three years and in that time I have seen some astonishing things happen. In 2005, shortly before I joined the Board of Trustees, I attended the Foundation's first conference on Highlighting Massage in CAM Research. I have never been around so many smart people who knew so much about massage. Now we're getting ready to host the second Highlighting Conference, which will be in Seattle in 2010 (please mark your calendars for May, 2010). We're also getting ready to host the first Best Practices symposium: this will begin the process of gathering and evaluating input from subject matter experts about how massage may be used most effectively in a variety of situations. This is a generational project: our grandkids will be working on this--and here it is, starting now. Last year, the Foundation launched the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), which is an open-sourced electronic journal collecting articles on research, practice, and education.
Ongoing projects at the Foundation are also inspirational. The Community Service grants promote the ability of therapists to create outreach projects in their own communities. One of the grants created such a change in the lives of the recipients that it became a larger scale research project, which the Foundation also funded. The Student and Practitioner Case Report Contests open the door to the world of massage research to individuals at a truly grass roots level. And the project the education committee has been working on will also launch this year. This is called Teaching Research Literacy: an In-service for Massage Educators, and it will work with massage teachers to integrate principles of research into already existing curriculum. Each one of these projects is awe-inspiring; all together they show that as a profession we are riding the crest of a wave that I think will change the way we think about massage.
Most recently you served as the vice president for the MTF, please tell us your feelings toward serving in this newly created position.
Mainly I feel deeply humble--teetering on overwhelmed--about the possibilities that working with the MTF presents. My colleagues on the Board of Trustees and all the volunteers on all the committees are profoundly committed to the support of our profession, and I hope to be a person who can help to direct some of that energy into some really fruitful efforts. This is the first time the Foundation has named a president-elect, so it is an unprecedented opportunity to learn the job well before taking up the reins next March. I am so grateful to have a full year to work with Diana Thompson, our current president. Her leadership style is an inspiration to me. Diana has overseen some amazing growth and projects at the Foundation, and I can only hope to try to imitate her, at least for a while. Fortunately for all of us, she won't get away easily: she will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees as Immediate Past President for at least a year.
Where do you see research in massage therapy ultimately taking the profession?
Truly I think well-conducted research in massage therapy can take us any direction we want to go! Therapists now are beginning to build a body of information they can call on to help shape their work. This is true for therapists who practice in clinical or recreational settings. And as massage is more integrated in public health, good-quality research that reflects massage as it is practiced will allow us to build partnerships with a community of health care providers who are interested in noninvasive and cost-effective treatment choices. I look forward to the day when the sense of "us" versus "them" attitudes in conventional and complementary or integrative health care are a relic of the past--and I think excellent research conducted by extremely talented and well-educated massage therapists is an avenue to make that happen.
Any other information you think our readers should know about research in massage therapy?
I think the most important message here is that research is something every massage therapist can get involved with at some level. Not all of us are going to conduct research, but we all use it, whether we know it or not. People who went to massage school when I did (let's just say it was well into the last century), grew up on a lot of best guesses and folklore about how massage affects human function. Now we have the tools to test that folklore, and some of the results are very surprising! Massage therapists have a vested interest in how this is done, and by whom--after all, if someone is going to do a study on massage, shouldn't a massage therapist be deeply involved in conducting that experiment? So we need a group of practitioners who are able to become leaders and consultants and supporters of this kind of work, because it has influence on the whole profession.
So here's what I'd like to suggest to readers who think they might be interested: get educated about research. The American Massage Therapy Association sponsors a whole "research track" of classes at every national convention--this is a great place to get started. Check out the IJTMB at www.ijtmb.org and register for free. Learn how to do a Pubmed search: there's a good tutorial on the Foundation Web site, www.massagetherapyfoundation.org. Participate in a Case Report Contest, or help someone else do it. And of course, support the MTF so we can continue to grant research projects in massage. Big changes are happening: there's never been a more exciting time to be a massage therapist!
Ruth Werner is a massage educator who practices near Salt Lake City. She has been with Massage Today since its start in 2001 writing on clinical pathologies. To read her column "Dealing With Pathologies: What's on Your Table?" visit Werner's columnist page at www.massagetoday.com/columnists/werner.
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