It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
May, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 05
Anatomy of a Massage School Makeover
By Angie Patrick
Sometimes you get an idea that makes perfect sense, but you simply do not have the appropriate place to launch it. Maybe the timing isn't right, or the manpower and implementation that you need to launch would be more than you have capacity to offer.Yet you know the idea has merit, and can benefit so many in the industry. I had the idea of a "Massage School Makeover" rolling around in my head for almost a year. Despite all the willingness and excitement about the project, nothing seemed to come into alignment to enable this idea to grow feet and walk on its own.
One day, I was talking with my dear friend Scott Dartnall of World Massage Conference (WMC) about how to invite schools to attend the WMC and give them an all-access pass to the presenters for free. Since schools and students are a huge part of my involvement with the industry, and recognizing the potential outreach the WMC could have with its positive impact on students and schools - a light bulb went off in my head.
Perhaps, finally, this was the perfect launching pad for this outrageous and unprecedented event I had knocking around in my head for so long. Our own company, Massage Warehouse and the World Massage Conference would be an awesome collaboration, with the exposure and ability to make the idea work. I took a deep breath and pitched the idea to Scott. To my delight, he was as excited about the project as I was.
Hunger for Product Knowledge
The idea of the makeover came about as a direct result of my school visitations and trade-show participations across the nation, and seeing the hunger for product knowledge on behalf of the students, as well as the schools. Additionally, our school program at Massage Warehouse is designed to help schools and students make the appropriate choices for the good of their practice, economically and as hassle-free as possible. It was in these interactions with schools that it became clear our responsibility was to make sure we come up with a way to broaden the overall exposure and education about products. As my role with Massage Warehouse has evolved over the years, one thing has definitely not changed - my desire to educate and expose students and therapists to a wide array of professional-grade products.
I could see need and opportunity for greater exposure and involvement in product and supply education. This is where the many contacts I have made with hundreds of vendors over the years could come into play. Then I could share the hopes that perhaps we could all come together as a community and each take a part in a program designed to bring these products forefront where they can be considered, discussed and researched by the schools and students alike.
To my great happiness, the response has been overwhelming. Manufacturers, educators, and product suppliers from all segments of the business have made their commitment and expressed their support for this project. Take a look at these wonderfully generous professional product partners on MassageToday.com and click on "Massage School Makeover." You can learn a bit more about the growing size of the final award and explore direct links to the professional product partner Web Sites to learn more about the products they offer.
This project really involves each and every individual within our industry. When I tried to drill down to the impact it may have and who the participants would be, one overwhelming truth occurred to me. While therapists each have their own specialty, their one commonality is the fact they all graduated from someplace. Each practitioner learned their modalities and techniques from an instructor while attending a school. This would enable every therapist an opportunity to voice support and to nominate their own school.
I would encourage instructors, educators, directors, school owners, students and therapists to take a moment to visit the Massage School Makeover page and nominate their school. Perhaps you will be the catalyst for your school to receive a makeover valued at more than $16,000, and growing! With greater exposure and participation on behalf of the vendors, there is no telling how great the final award may be. Your odds of winning are substantial, and the possibility of this award coming to your school is well within reach!
I would also encourage every school, instructor or school director/owner to participate in the free access to the World Massage Conference. Here, world-class presenters will be inside your classrooms, providing insight and instruction to your students, free of charge. It is unprecedented access to some of the world's leaders in our industry and an opportunity that should not be missed.
I would like to thank all of our professional product supply partners for their selfless support of this event. It is with great joy in my heart we launch the Massage School Makeover, and it is my hope we can communally share the goodwill and awareness of the support of education through this event.
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