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Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
September, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 09
Re-Gifting Is a Good Thing
FSMTA Attendees Show Major Generosity
By Angie Patrick
The power of positive energy was never more apparent than at the 2009 Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) Convention held in July at the beautiful Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, Fla.While there, I personally witnessed the caring and gentle nature of the profession as a whole as well as random acts of selflessness and kindness on a more individual basis.
First let me share with you an event I witnessed that truly warmed my heart. During Successful Start, a program to provide new therapists with important tips to begin a successful career (sponsored by Massage Warehouse and Performance Health), prizes were awarded to attendees based on having their ticket number drawn from a hopper. Our stage was full of prizes donated by manufacturers and distributors for the benefit of the newly emerging therapists. Our first prize drawing of the night was for an NRG massage table. The name was called and the winner came forward and graciously accepted her prize. The night wore on, and many more amazing prizes were given out. At the end of the evening, the grand prize drawing for the Massage Warehouse Ultimate Business Starter package was drawn. This package contained much that a therapist needs including a table, massage chair, table cart, and much more. When the ticket number was called, incredibly, it was the same young woman who had won the first drawing of the evening for a table. Needless to say, she was absolutely thrilled! She then did something I felt was truly generous. She asked us to place the original table back in the mix so another person might enjoy it as well. We did, and then drew the ticket of a young gentleman who was elated about winning the table. After accepting, he then returned to the podium and explained he was thankful to have won a new table, but he already had one. He had been sitting next to a young woman who had fallen on some hard times in the recent year, and stated that he would like to give the table to her instead. What a tremendous gift this was for her! And she was completely and wholly thankful for the kindnesses of these two perfect strangers.
What Comes Naturally
In a world where the economy is tenuous at best, and we are all in search of alternate streams of income, these two generous and kind-hearted therapists opted for the road less travelled. Instead of taking their winnings and posting a sign stating, "Massage Table for Sale," keeping the winnings for themselves, they chose to offer kindness and charity for others. Their selflessness was humbling, and it made me proud to be a part of this industry, where having a heart is the rule rather than the exception, and where giving comes naturally.
This was just the beginning however. The giving did not stop there! Massage Warehouse hosted our fundraising project, Sanctuary, raising money and awareness for massage therapy research. At this event, a donation of $10 entitled you to 10 minutes of spa-quality treatments designed for the feet and for the face. We had the tremendous good fortune of having the talented students of Everest, under the leadership of Candy Morris to volunteer their time and hand to provide the treatments. These students were the epitome of professionalism, arriving on time, en masse, and ready to do whatever needed to be done. My arms are not wide enough to hug and thank them all for their selflessness and generosity.
Our corporate event sponsors also gave from their heart to a great cause. Our thanks to Bon Vital, Performance Health, Soothing Touch, TH Stone, Sa-Wan, Unique Skincare, Spot-On Energy Patch, Massage Magazine, and of course Massage Today for their generous donations and support of Sanctuary. Without these sponsors, Sanctuary would not be possible.
Additionally, the response to Sanctuary by the attendees was overwhelming to say the least! Donations were made in excess of the $10 because people believed in the cause. More people donated without requiring treatment because they felt the need to support the future of their industry. Our treatment bays were continually full, and when all the numbers were in, we were proud to present $6,583 to the Touch Research Institute in Miami to further the research of Dr. Tiffany Field on the effects of touch on premature infants.
I would like to personally thank each and every one of the guests who attended Sanctuary, and enjoyed the treatments of their choice. It is comforting to know many believe in the need for greater research, and choose to show their commitment through participation.
We will be back in Orlando once again presenting Sanctuary at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Convention in September. We invite you to come and see what all the excitement is about, and to further engage each of you in the need to raise awareness and funding for research. In September, the event will benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation, and funds raised will be gifted to them. It is my hope you will be able to attend and be a part of something that benefits each and every practitioner in the industry.
The art of giving is certainly alive and well in Florida at the FSMTA convention! And it lives within us all. I urge you to take a few moments, and find a way to give back to your profession, reach out a hand to someone in need, or be the inspiration that affects positive change in those around you. We have the power to turn tides, and it is through our open hearts and healing hands we can make a difference.
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