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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.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
Massage School Makeover Exceeds Expectations
By Angie Patrick
Editor' note: Angie Patrick is the originator of the Massage School Makeover. She is director of massage business development and corporate sales for Massage Warehouse, Scrip Companies.
Have you ever had an idea that you felt in your heart had great potential, but had no place or means to make it a reality? (I HAVE.) Have you ever found yourself at a crossroad choosing a path you hope will pay off? (I HAVE.) Can you imagine how thrilling it would be to see the idea you had -- not only launch, but grow far beyond your own expectations and wildest imagination? (I CAN!)
This is exactly the case with the Massage School Makeover. In creating this event, I knew in my heart it had merit. I knew there was a need to bring greater product awareness to schools and to students, and I knew there was a way I could do this AND give back to the community through schools and education. I felt the idea was sound, but I was not too sure how I could pull it off. (See previous Massage Today article, "Anatomy of a Massage School Makeover," May 2010.)
In comes Massage Warehouse, Massage Today and the World Massage Conference, and suddenly, things start to click. After months of planning, the launch occurred on May 1st with the kickoff taking place at the American Massage Therapy Association Massachusetts Chapter 50th Anniversary Celebration. I was absolutely blown away by the positive responses and tremendously uplifting and encouraging feedback received for this event. Over the course of the opening weekend, we gained more Professional Product Partners, and were gifted a computer lab for the winning school. The Professional Products Partners span a wide array of goods and services, and have all graciously stepped up to be a part of this groundbreaking event. We now have more than $39,000 in equipment, products and services to award the winning school!
Donations include, but are not limited to:
This idea was born of a need to educate on the importance of utilizing professional grade products in a practice and in the schools. Now, learning about all the great products listed above has never been easier. There is now a single resource online that can whisk you directly to the manufacturer's Web site to learn more about any of the products you see listed above. Simply visit www.massagetoday.com and click the Massage School Makeover logo. Scroll and find an alphabetical listing of all our Professional Product Partners and learn more about the product or service they offer. While you are there, be sure to nominate your school! Schools can also nominate themselves.
Important Note to Schools
If you have been nominated, but have yet to receive your paperwork, please e-mail Angie Patrick at with your School Name, Address, Phone, E-mail and Contact Person. You MUST have completed the paperwork to be considered for the final award.
The lucky school will be announced on Nov. 16, 2010 on the World Massage Conference. All schools nominated receive the World Massage Conference for free. For details on how to make this presentation available to your students, please e-mail the World Massage Conference at .
This project has grown far beyond the scope I had in my mind's eye. And I am so very excited to see it come to fruition. My profound gratitude goes out to all those who have taken part in the event and helped to make it the success it has become. I look forward to November!
Click here for previous articles by Angie Patrick.
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