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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 16, 2010
Alliance Inaugural Conference is "Priceless Experience"
PRESS RELEASE - The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education just completed its First Annual Conference at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah on June 3-5. With 85 participants representing all aspects of the massage education sector, the Conference featured keynote presentations, continuing education workshops, lively discussions, and opportunities for professional network development.In addition, Alliance members at this meeting elected the organization's 2010-11 Board of Directors and a Nominating Committee for the following year's election.
With the theme "Shaping the Future of Massage Therapy Education", the Conference did indeed help to define key strategic priorities for massage school directors, teachers, continuing education providers, leaders of stakeholder organizations, and representatives from the leading companies in the field. Among the unique components of this event was a half-day visioning session, where attendees had the opportunity to offer their perspectives on the primary challenges facing massage education while helping the Alliance refine its program and service offerings.
The Conference affirmed the Alliance's role as the voice and advocate for massage therapy education. "Though we have only been serving this important community for a matter of months, the attendees were focused on how the Alliance will serve as a robust, results-focused collaborator with its members and other important stakeholder organizations," said Alliance Executive Director Rick Rosen. "What was evident throughout was the passion our rapidly growing membership feels about the foundational role lifelong learning plays in developing successful, intelligently trained massage therapists who provide quality services to the public."
The Conference was designed by the Alliance Leadership Team to provide nourishment and inspiration -- along with the latest information and best practices. In bringing this inaugural event to the foot of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, attendees were influenced by the dramatic and healthful environment in many ways. On the first evening of the Conference, the group gathered for dinner at the resort's Red Pine Lodge, which was accessed by a breathtaking gondola ride up the slopes. Following a delicious meal, there was a special "Talk Story" program that featured educators who shared very moving tales of the teachers who had transformed their lives.
One of the storytellers was Pualani Gillespie, who had traveled to the Conference from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. She talked about her experiences with Auntie Margaret Machado, the revered teacher of traditional Lomi-Lomi massage who recently passed away at the age of 93. As a holder of this lineage, Pua also offered the foundational principles of this time-honored healing system -- Reverence, Forgiveness and Unconditional Love (or Aloha) -- and encouraged the Alliance to incorporate these ideals into all of its endeavors. Overall, these educators' stories served as reminders of the powerful role mentors play in our lives.
Here are some quotes from attendees that capture the spirit of this event:
Through the many conversations and presentations that took place over the three days of this Conference, a common ethic emerged: participants expressed a great commitment to support cooperation and unity among the many organizations that comprise the domain of massage therapy education, and the massage and bodywork field as a whole.
Source: Alliance for Massage Therapy Education
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