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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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
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?
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
World Massage Festival: A Wonderful Experience
By Laura Allen
I just got home from Kentucky after spending four days in Berea at the World Massage Festival. What a wonderful experience.
The World Massage Festival is a different kind of experience than most massage conventions, and deliberately so. Mike Hinkle, the founder, started the WMF five years ago as an alternative to association conventions. There are no politics, no committees, no delegates, no meetings, unless they're of the educational or social kind. Each year for the past five years, Mike has put the WMF on at a college campus. Lodging was available in the dorms for $20 a night. A meal package for a dozen meals in the college cafeteria went for $112. They catered to vegetarians, vegans, and the rest of us. For anyone who didn't want the college-type communal experience, there were plenty of reasonable hotels and local restaurants available. The absolutely gorgeous Historic Boone Tavern we stayed in was $99 per night.
In addition to over 50 classes being offered by cream of the crop instructors including: Ralph Stephens, James Walaski, Vivian Madison Mahoney, Ruthie Hardee, Terry Norman, and dozens more, there was also plenty of entertainment that didn't cost any extra. Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards President Kevin Snedden entertained everyone with a Poi fire demonstration. A comedian, a ventriloquist, and a folk musician also entertained. The closing ceremony was absolutely awesome. Medicine Women of their respective tribes Judy Ray and Janelle Lakman conducted a smudging and pipe ceremony for all who wished to participate. Ryan Hoyme, The Massage Nerd, videoed the Festival from start to finish, and made dozens of free commercials for anyone present who wanted one.
There was an induction ceremony Saturday night into the Hall of Fame for a dozen new members, followed by a great buffet provided by Massage Envy. Paul St. John gave the keynote speech.
I met up with old friends and made new ones. I was particularly pleased to meet so many Facebook friends, including: Mukti Michael Buck, Vivian Madison Mahoney, Darcy Neibaur, Lisa Mertz, and a whole lot more.
The North Carolina posse turned out for the event, including me, Felicia Brown, Anita Shannon, Claire Marie Miller, Dr. Mitchell Mosher, Gloria Coppola, Joe Martin, and Rick Rosen, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
I taught three classes to a great group of people on Saturday and Sunday. There were lots of great vendors. Saturday night, instead of a dinner dance, there was a sock hop with a DJ spinning tunes.
Massage Today threw a great party after-hours that involved a few libations and a crowd of happy people. I stayed until after midnight and I heard it didn't break up until after 3 a.m.
Next year, this fabulous gathering is going to be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, in the middle of the beautiful Nantahala National Forest. The dorm rooms at WCU are new and modern. The cafeteria stays open 13 hours a day. Expanded vendor hours are going to happen. Fabulous teachers, great entertainment, and great education will happen once again.
When you consider that all of this was pulled off at the ridiculous price of less than $500 per student including meals and lodging, this was indeed an amazing event. I had a great time from start to finish, and I can't wait until next year. I hope to see you there!
Laura Allen is one of Massage Today's Women in Bodywork Business (WIBB) bloggers. For more on Laura Allen and the other WIBB bloggers click here.
Editor's note: See video of Massage Today Editor-in-Chief, Ramon McLeod accepting the 2010 Massage Therapy Media award for keeping the industry informed.
Laura Allen has been practicing massage therapy since 1999 and is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education under the NCBTMB, an author, a frequent blogger and a contributor to professional publications. She resides in North Carolina and can be reached at: www.thera-ssage.com and www.LauraAllenMT.com.
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