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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
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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