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Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
"Turn, Turn, Turn"
Many people are credited with saying, "If you remember the '60s, you really weren't there." Given the fact I didn't become a teenager until 1970, I actually do remember the '60s (or at least part of it). And as a child of the '60s, I was, of course, influenced by the music.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
The Bottom Line ... From a Surgeon Who Knows
Regardless of individual relationships between providers, there continues to be a type of Hatfield-McCoy feud between the philosophies of medicine and chiropractic, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal ailments.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Giving Chiropractic Some Much-Needed PR
Public relations has not always been the chiropractic profession's strong suit, a shortcoming that has subjected the profession to countless attacks on its legitimacy and seemingly perpetual confusion among the public and the health care world as to the skills and services doctors of chiropractic provide.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Correcting Dysfunctional Movement Patterns – Is Local Treatment Enough?
It is widely believed that mechanical, non-traumatic back pain is largely related to dysfunctional or compensatory movement patterns the body has adopted over time.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
The McGill Approach to the Lower Back (Part 1)
Stuart McGill, PhD, brings a unique combination of tools to the table. He is a scientist who also functions as a clinician. He describes himself as a medical consultant who is referred challenging patients. He is both evidence based and practical.
Drug War Rages in Wisconsin
Based on its actions over the past 15 years (review the sidebar in the app version of this article), controversy and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association seem to go hand in hand.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
Alcohol Consumption Strongly Linked to Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Alcohol intake is one of the primary risk factors for many human cancers, and is strongly associated with cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, and notably, the colon and rectum.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
Take It From Your Peers: You CAN Get Paid to Work in Eldercare and Hospice
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
My last article focused on keys to opening doors to eldercare and hospice. If you desire to work in these settings, my guess is you have wondered: 1) How do I get my foot in the door? 2) How do I generate a clientele? 3) How can I get paid? All very valid questions! A few months ago, Massage Today conducted a poll asking two questions: "Do you provide massage to people in eldercare or hospice? If so, do you provide this service as an employee, independent contractor or volunteer?" Here is what we learned from the 249 people who responded:
The good news is that long-term care and hospice organizations are including massage therapy services more than ever before. I'm honored to be a part of this trend and to assist folks like you along your path of service. I thought you might like to hear about therapists who are doing this rewarding work - and getting paid for it either as independent contractors or employees. I interviewed several massage therapists to find out how they are being compensated. Read on and learn from your peers what you might expect when working in this field. (To respect privacy, I have changed the names of the therapists and have not named the organizations.)
Jill, LMT, contracts part-time with a hospice. Hospices are structured as either for-profit or non-profit and this particular hospice is a non-profit organization. Funding for massage services come from grants and endowments. Jill receives referrals from either the nurse or social worker who obtains a doctor's order for massage therapy. Each patient is initially referred for an assessment session plus four visits. Jill can recommend continuation of services beyond the four visits. She has a consistent caseload of six clients and typically sees each client weekly; however, some are seen more often based on needs. Sessions last usually 30-40 minutes. Jill is paid $40/session, plus mileage. She educates the staff about her services by regularly presenting at staff meetings as well as sharing printed information. She reports that this has helped generate appropriate referrals and build relationships with other caregivers.
Doreen contracts with a 100-bed skilled nursing facility for 12 hours per month. The facility administrator acknowledges the value added by providing this amenity for her residents. The funds for massage come from a combination of general operations and marketing budgets. Doreen has permission to work with any elder in the facility. The medical director must approve of all resident activities and massage therapy is considered a resident activity in this facility. When Doreen arrives at the facility she checks in with the social services or nursing director who make referrals. Elders are selected based on needs such as pain, agitated behavior, social isolation, or newly admitted to long-term care. Sessions range from 15-45 minutes. Session documentation is kept in the activities department records. Doreen is compensated at a rate of $60/hour. She occasionally provides seated massage for staff upon request of the administrator for the same hourly rate.
Mary, LMT, contracts with a 60-bed skilled nursing facility. She has taken a creative approach. Like many facilities this one has a number of elders living there whose care is paid for by Medicaid. (Medicaid is the state-operated public assistance program that pays for health care for people with low income. Some states may have another name for it.) People who receive Medicaid benefits get a monthly personal needs allowance, which is a set amount of money each month for things like clothing, toiletries, recreation, snacks, etc. (For example, Missouri's allowance is $30/month.) Many people who receive this allowance don't use much of it and it builds up in an account. An individual must use the money or the benefit is reduced or discontinued. Mary is paid with money in the client's personal needs allowance account. The nursing home administrator refers residents who have money in their account. But the referral is not just based on the funds being available. People are referred based on needs. Mary has educated the administrator about the benefits of massage for frail elders and, together, they determine a plan of care. Reasons for referral include anxiety, depression, pain, dementia, social isolation because of lack of family. Massage sessions are scheduled either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Mary reports that sessions range from 15-45 minutes and she is paid a set fee per session. She consistently has a caseload of six clients.
Rita is a massage therapist employed by a for-profit hospice working part-time 20-25 hours/week. She is expected to actively participate in interdisciplinary team meetings where patient care plans are discussed. Her involvement in these meetings results in referrals. All patients and/or families are informed about complementary services and they often request massage upon admission. Rita's current caseload is about 23 sessions/week and each session lasts 40-50 minutes including documentation time. This hospice organization pays for massage services from the Medicare funds it receives to care for patient needs. Rita earns $24/hour plus mileage for travel. She also receives benefits for paid time off including vacation and holidays. She found this position through an online job search service at SimplyHired.com. She reports that because she had specialized training in massage for people in later-life stages was what secured the job. The massage program has been so successful that they have recently hired a second massage therapist!
Cindy, LMT, is employed full-time at a continuing care community that offers multiple levels of care including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. Cindy is considered a part of the rehabilitation/wellness department. She has a massage room within this department where she sees clients consisting of independent older adults and facility staff, as well as people from the community. Elders who are admitted to the facility for rehabilitation following an injury or illness benefit from massage therapy during recovery. She also sees elders in the assisted and skilled nursing facilities where clients are referred by staff and families. Clients pay the facility for massage which creates a revenue source for the organization. Cindy receives a salary of $45,000 plus paid time off and health insurance benefits.
A New Age of Care
In the last decade, massage therapy has gained recognition and acceptance. Hospice and long-term care facilities are recognizing the value of adding massage therapy services. Therapeutic massage is growing as a form of wellness care for older adults. Organizations that incorporate massage therapy as an ancillary service are on the leading edge of what will become standard in the future of care services and will meet customer expectations. Perhaps you will join me in ushering in this "new age" of care!
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