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Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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?
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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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