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A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
NCCAM Awards $30,000 Grant
By Editorial Staff
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently awarded a $30,000 grant to the Massage Therapy Foundation to help support the second "Highlighting Massage Therapy in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) Research" conference. The conference takes place at the Red Lion Hotel in Seattle May 13-15, 2010.
"This NCCAM conference grant is an important demonstration of support...of massage therapy's presence in integrative medicine and support of the Massage Therapy Foundation's role in bridging research and massage therapy practice," said Diana Thompson, Immediate Past President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and Chair of the conference planning committee.
The "Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Research" conference brings together massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, CIM researchers, allied health professionals and others interested in massage research. Current research related to massage and manual therapies will be presented with a special focus on translational research and public health. Seven world-renowned researchers and clinicians in the field of integrative health care will give keynote presentations at the conference and the three-day agenda also includes two panel discussions, 60 research presentations and posters, and innovative experiential workshops.
Experiential workshops are a relative rarity in research meetings. An academic exchange between the respective editors of International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Glenn M. Hymel, EdD, LMT, and Leon Chaitow, DO, ND, proposed this unconventional mechanism for bringing together research and practice. The workshops will include practical demonstrations of a variety of methods of manual care, combined with discussions of evidence of efficacy, proposed mechanisms, scientific evidence, and the expression of needs for future exploration.
Keynote speakers include Josephine Briggs, MD, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): Areas of Promise in Research of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); Dan Cherkin, PhD: Is Massage Effective for Back and Neck Pain? Applying the Research to Your Practice; Julie Ann Day, PT: First the Hypothesis: How a Biomechanical Model can influence Fascial Anatomy Research; Willem Fourie, PT: Is There a Place for Manual Therapy in Recovery from Breast Cancer Treatment?; Christine Goertz, DC, PhD: Translational Research and Manual Therapies, How Do We Get There from Here?; Helene M. Langevin, MD: Connective Tissue Physiology and Its Relevance to Manual Therapies; and Whitney Lowe, LMT: Knowledge Translation: Key Skills for Highly Successful Clinicians.
Panel discussions include Glenn Hymel, EdD, and Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, who will moderate, "Translating Research into Practice and Practice into Research" and William Meeker, DC, MPH, moderating "Manual Therapy and the Public Health."
Experiential Workshops include Julie Ann Day, PT: The Assessment of Upper limb Dysfunctions: Indications for Superficial or Deep Fascia Work; Leon Chaitow, ND, DO: Four Functional Assessment Methods: Their Research Origins and Clinical Usefulness; Whitney Lowe, LMT: Creative Applications of Research in the Clinical Massage Environment; and Masahiro Takakura, ND, DC, LAc, CKTI: Introduction of Kinesio-taping Application for Lymphatic Drainage and Inflammatory Condition.
The timeliness of this conference, according to Thompson, is evidenced by the fact that the number of clinical research studies in the area of massage therapy and integrative medicine have more than doubled since 2004. Thompson says, "In addition to the greater number of studies, massage therapists seem to be more curious about research, educators are more inclined to cite research data in the classroom, and vendors are more visibly supportive of search with their dollars and in their advertisements."
For registration information and to view the slate of speakers, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/researchconference2010.html.
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