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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 10
The Road Less Traveled
By Angie Patrick
Recently, I have had the opportunity to attend a couple of events off the beaten path from my usual trade show and convention stomping grounds. This year, I wanted to make a concerted effort to find out what is going on in some of the places I had not historically frequented.Most years, you can be sure I will be at the American Massage Therapy Association's national convention, as well as the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention. These two powerhouse annual events are always informative, fun and full of friendly faces. Some I have known for years, and more that I have the privilege of meeting for the first time. I will most definitely be in attendance for these events in 2009, but this year, I thought I might branch out a bit more and see what is happening in other parts of the world as well.
A few months ago, I attended the Ontario Massage Trade Conference in Ontario, Canada and the New England Regional Conference in Framingham, Mass., and most recently, I attended the World Massage Festival in New Braunfels, Texas. I have also presented on Massage Therapy Radio. All of these events have opened my eyes to the importance of supporting more local events as well as the larger and more nationally recognized events. At these venues, I have had the incredible fortune of meeting therapists from all walks of life, coming together for a common goal; they come to learn and be a part of a community. The education available at these events is certainly worthy of note with well-known names heading the lineup, and the exhibit halls were packed with vendors and products for massage and wellness! I was able to slow down a little bit and experience these events not only from a vendor's perspective, but also from the attendees. In being afforded this different view, I am more excited than ever before about learning of more regional venues, and seeing what they have to offer.
I would offer this piece of advice to anyone who thinks they may not need to attend these events because of cost, time, inconvenience, or any of the countless other excuses we can come up with: SIMPLY GO. Being surrounded by your peers in a place that has the profession you love at heart, immersed in an environment of healers like yourself is truly something every therapist should experience and take part in. I can certainly attest to the value of these events for students just starting their career, as it is an event saturated in industry leaders, both locally and nationally recognized, sharing first-hand knowledge and tips to aide them in building a better, more lucrative career. If you are a school owner, instructor, director, or involved with education in any way, I urge you to work to make it mandatory for your students to spend time at these events. The exposure to the various modalities and products to support them is tremendous; moreover, gaining a sense of the "State of Affairs" in the massage industry as a whole is absolutely invaluable.
I had the distinct honor of being invited to sit on a panel of industry leaders at the recent World Massage Festival, and the discussion was open to attendees in the form of a question and answer forum. It was truly an eye opener for me, as I listened to questions of the attendees and the answers from my fellow panel members. I learned more in those hours about the grass roots industry and the issues the average therapists face daily than I could have learned in any other forum. I was honored to be involved with that panel discussion, and the take away I obtained from that experience is quite simply: "get involved."
What do I mean by get involved? In my vernacular, it means get off your duff and volunteer; go out and advocate for your profession by being an active member of your AMTA chapter and its events; become a part of the groups speaking on your behalf at the state level where decisions effecting your practice are made; make your voice heard in the medical field by advocating massage; support fundraising for further massage research which quantifies the positive outcomes of massage therapy; and above all else, BE an active part of this great community of healers.
In New England, I was delighted to meet so many therapists already in practice as well as those on the cusp of beginning their career. The professionalism in the attendees as it regards to their self-esteem and belief in massage as true therapy without exception or compromise was inspiring! In Ontario, I met people who cared for the profession, industry, and sustainability of the products they use. Their focus was on the ecology and the footprint they leave as much as it was upon healing the human condition. And in speaking on Massage Therapy Radio, I was asked questions about products, about business, about economics and about the fundraising event, Sanctuary, which Massage Warehouse facilitates to bring greater awareness and funding for massage therapy research. Each of these events has shown me another beautiful facet of massage therapy, and makes me proud to be a part of this community of healers and custodians of the planet.
There are so many things you can do to support and broaden the scope of acceptance and growth for the future of the massage industry. The one thing that will absolutely guarantee stagnation and industry deterioration is to opt to do nothing. To be one of the ones who is "too busy" or "too tired" to be involved is to be one of the root causes of quagmire. Great changes occur because of people willing to make the change, and willing to do what needs to be done to effect positive outcome. Those who actively learn, attend, and present" are making the active choice to be involved. Call them activists, advocates, or any other moniker your heart desires, but the bottom line remains the same. These people get it done, and without them we have no growth and no future.
I choose to be one of those who gets it done. And I want to learn more, do more, be a part of more and create positive momentum and energy for the profession I love so much, and offer my support to those who choose to do the same. I will continue to seek out the road less traveled, as well as continue to frequent and support the tried and true paths I now know so well. I will be a part of the growth, and I will do all I can to leave a legacy of hope, activism, encouragement and support for this incredible profession and the beautiful souls who comprise it.
What do you choose to do?
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