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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Orlando Gets Even Hotter!
By Angie Patrick
In 2009, Orlando, Fla. is the hottest place to be to see all the new and exciting products, modalities, and cool new gadgets for massage therapy! Two great conventions will be held in this beautiful city: the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) convention.
Once again, Sanctuary will be at both of these exciting events. A philanthropic event presented by Massage Warehouse in conjunction with their event partners, Sanctuary brings greater awareness and creates funding for the furtherance of massage therapy research.
The FSMTA event on July 8-12 at the Omni Orlando Resort is earmarked for the research of Dr. Tiffany Field, the world's foremost authority of the benefits of massage on prematurely born infants. As the facilitator of the event, this particular research hits close to home as my own daughter was born severely premature at only 24 weeks. It is my belief that my daughter would not be thriving to the extent she is currently without the advent of infant massage begun at such a delicate and young age. The power of touch is never more apparent than when shared with the smallest of clients, these beautiful preemie babies. Additionally, the AMTA event on Sept. 23-26 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort will benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation to award grants to deserving researchers all over the nation.
Partners in the Sanctuary project are manufacturers and organizations dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the massage therapy profession, and are committed to contributing time and resources back into the massage industry they serve. Our prestigious partners in our Sanctuary project are: Massage Today, Bon Vital, Spot On Energy/Mend Right, Sa-Wan, Soothing Touch, Unique Skincare, TH Stone, Performance Health, Massage Magazine, AMTA, and FSMTA.
Sanctuary has raised nearly $40,000 to benefit the massage industry through greater research, quantifying through science what we all know in our hearts: that massage heals. We have raised this money through the support of our partners, and through the donations of therapists like you. This is not your ordinary donation however. When you see Sanctuary at an event, you have the unique opportunity to test new products and protocols from the client perspective.
For your $10 donation, you will be treated to a relaxing, spa quality treatment while relaxing in our Zero Gravity chairs and listening to beautiful music, blocking out the sounds and excitement of the trade show floor for 10 minutes. You will relax your tired and aching trade show feet with any one of our signature protocols. Chocolate Peppermint Foot Exfoliation, Tidal Toe Tingler, Hot Beach Stone Therapy, Lava and Frost Hot/Cold Contrast, Thai Herbal Ball Bliss, or Basic Reflexology. A service bay is also set up for those of you who would like to have a mini facial at the show, teaching you the basics of a Rejuvenating Facelift Massage. All of the protocols used in Sanctuary are designed with the therapist in mind, allowing the therapist to adopt these protocols easily into their own practice.
These events benefit everyone involved. First, the therapist who gets to slow down for a moment and enjoy a little bodywork, learn about and experience a new product, learn a new protocol, and walk away with an education on mini-spa treatments they can add to their own practice. Second, the partners who have a wonderful opportunity to have the therapists enjoy their products from the client perspective, as well as have the opportunity for them to learn how to use them. Third, researchers who have more funding to facilitate their research as well as the greater awareness of the need for more. And lastly, the massage profession as a whole, which benefits when people come together for a common cause, and are able to take away positive experiences and a greater understanding of the professional products they use and companies who supply them.
The popularity of this event has grown such that in events past, we have completely sold out of appointments by the middle of the second day. This has caused Sanctuary to undergo a few changes, and the biggest would be the addition of more treatment bays. Appointments will still be required, so plan ahead and make your appointments early. Take the opportunity to book several treatments back to back for an incredibly relaxing experience!
The only program of its kind, Sanctuary has grown into a wonderful success story. It is a project I am delighted to be a part of, and one I am certain will be around for years to come. It is only through the support of our partners and those wonderful therapists and students who give of their time to provide these incredible treatments that allows us to present this worthwhile event year after year. We hope to see you there!
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