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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
Build a Specialized Practice Taking a Dissection Seminar
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
There are many ways to build a positive reputation that will make you and your massage practice stand out. In all professions, from attorneys and accountants to medical doctors and massage therapists, advanced study and skillful application of that knowledge creates specialists. Specialists are not only sought out, but typically are able to charge a premium for their services.
In addition to specializing in countless modalities, a massage therapist has the opportunity to become a specialist in the study of the human body via an educational, hands-on, full-body dissection seminar. This article will discuss how taking a dissection seminar can help you build your practice and become a specialist in your community. By learning more about the body, you are better able to assess, treat and educate your patients.
Is More Knowledge Better?
One thing that massage therapists have in common with doctors, regardless of whether the therapist works in a spa, a private clinic, or a chiropractic, physical therapy or medical office, is that they see a range of individuals, each with a unique combination of symptoms, complaints and outcomes. Most would agree that the more knowledge a physician has about a particular system of the body, the better they are at assessing, diagnosing and developing a treatment plan. However, it also is important for doctors to understand the other systems of the body and how they will be affected by various treatment plans.
The same is true for massage therapists. You might be an excellent massage therapist, however, that doesn't mean you won't benefit substantially by expanding your knowledge base of the human body. That is where participating in a dissection seminar can put you at a major advantage in your chosen massage modality, be it Swedish massage, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) or any other modality.
The Dissection Experience
A full-body dissection seminar is a rare opportunity for most health care professionals, especially massage therapists. Textbook imagery and DVDs of dissection are great educational tools, but they can never replace the experience of seeing and touching the very tissues that comprise the human body. A dissection seminar allows massage therapists to learn about the body in a manner similar to a doctor. Participants move through the body, layer by layer, examining and comparing tissues, and the discoveries are nothing short of amazing. Seminar students find everything from replacement knee and hip joints to pacemakers and heart-replacement valves.
Have you ever wondered what the tissues look like under your patient's scars? Or how these tissues were affected by a knee or hip joint replacement? Have you ever wondered what an artery filled with plaque looks like or how easy or difficult it is to break a piece of plaque off the arterial wall during a massage? What does the inside of the chest cavity look like after the sternum has been cut in half and the chest has been spread apart for bypass surgery? Or what about the wrist that has experienced a carpel-tunnel release procedure?
Would it be helpful for you to see and touch cancerous tissues? How valuable would it be to see, touch and compare the same muscle, such as a bicep or trapezius, on multiple specimens of different body types and genders at the same time? Are you curious about how the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle tendons merge to form the Achilles tendon? Or the relationship between the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle? Would you like to see how close a surgeon gets to the spinal cord during a laminectomy? All of these and more can be discovered in the dissection lab.
Clarity in the Treatment Room
Dissection has helped me better understand the effects of postural distortions and improper biomechanics from the impact of various surgical procedures. Dissection has also helped me understand the positions and stresses of the myofascial tissues and "see" them as 3D holograms in my head.
For example, I now understand how during bypass surgery (a common procedure among patients), the great saphenous vein is removed from the lower extremity. This is what causes the long scar on the medial side of a patient's thigh and leg. I also now know exactly what structure was removed and how deep it was embedded in the thigh and leg. I have seen how it was reattached and used for coronary bypass surgery. I know exactly what tissues and systems of the body were affected during the operation and how the tissues healed. The dissection process allows you as a massage therapist to see through both the doctor's eyes and the patient's body at the same time, giving you greater clarity and insight in the treatment room with your patients.
Although there are many ways to learn about the body, a dissection seminar allows you to see many of the common procedures and dysfunction people experience during the course of a lifetime. Attending a dissection seminar offers a very special understanding of the body, as well as new insights and ways of applying massage techniques. To become a specialist, one must pursue advanced education. For more information about upcoming seminars, please visit www.KentHealth.com.
Click here for previous articles by David Kent, LMT, NCTMB.
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