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Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
Falls to Remember
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
It's September! Hope you had a wonderful summer. This year fall will be really interesting because of a very important election. America now has two classes, a ruling class and the rest of us.If you really want affordable health care that includes alternative providers, and a prosperous economy, you have to become active in getting rid of the ruling class. This happens by voting out every incumbent, every election for about a decade. It does not matter what party an incumbent belongs to, if they are an incumbent they are part of the ruling class and they do not work for you or represent you, they work for the best interests of the ruling class. They are all bought and paid for by the huge money interests, the ones that they bailed out with your tax dollars. If we want to restore our country to the land of the free and the home of the brave, we must throw out the ruling class. For you, "loyal to a party idealogs," this will be painful initially, but in about two election cycles there will be candidates to vote for that have our best interests in mind instead of the ruling class. We have to go through the party shills first and then good, honest candidates can rise through the ranks. It is best to do this at the primary level, but it is too late for that this year, so in November, do your part to bring back true representative government - throw the bums out! Register and vote against all incumbents for the next decade. Your practice, your patients, and your health will benefit from it. Please help restore a government of the people instead of a ruling class of professional politicians. NO more incumbents!!
The Story on the History Story
I know this column was supposed to be about massage history. However, my primary source for 1920 - 1930's massage history has died and I am having trouble recovering the research he did on that era. I want the information I share with you to be accurate, so I must wait until I can find the facts and dates. Standby, as you will be quite surprised by the story and the lessons it has to teach us. (If anyone has a copy of Richard Van Why's handout from his presentation on massage history at an AMTA convention, I believe in Fort Worth, Texas in the late 1980s or early 90s please contact me.)
Falling Down the Educational Spiral
There is a phenomenon in education. It is that no instructor ever teaches all they know to their students and no student ever learns all they are taught. The student who did not learn all they were taught becomes an instructor and does not teach all they know to another generation of students who do not learn all they are taught and the downward spiral continues. Of course self-motivated instructors go out and constantly learn more and more, hopefully becoming more accomplished than their own instructors. However, this is the exception as sadly, very few people in any profession, or life for that matter, strive to become the best they can be. Most float along in mediocrity.
In the massage profession, our growth has been so rapid that the profession has not been able to produce an adequate number of qualified, field-experienced instructors. In many cases, graduates from this year's class are hired to teach next year's class. Some states have enacted standards for entry-level massage instructors but the standards are usually based on a number of years in the profession. This is better than nothing. However, just as a good mechanic does not necessarily make a good shop foreman, a practicing therapist does not necessarily make a good teacher. Further, there is more to teaching a class than just knowing how to do a massage. Just because you can do it does not mean you can teach it. There is a skill set required for teaching that is different from the skill set required for practicing. It is time that our profession adopts comprehensive standards for entry-level instructors and begin to implement them.
The ABMP has made a significant contribution to this end. They funded the creation and publishing of a textbook to train massage instructors, Teaching Massage, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. It is a 344-page primer to help all those rookie instructors learn some of the core skills that are taught at university education schools, but shaped with a massage perspective. ABMP sent a free copy to every massage school in the country. If you are a massage instructor at an entry-level school and have not seen this book, ask for it, study it, and implement what you learn from it. It will probably make your teaching life better, it will help you train better therapists, and most importantly, it will help provide better massages to the public. Providing the best possible massage to the public should always be the goal guiding our profession.
New Kid on the Block
A new organization has emerged in our profession. It is the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, an independent association to give educators a voice in the profession and hopefully serve as a resource to improve massage education. There are membership categories for schools, school instructors, and CE providers. If you are involved in massage education, this organization deserves your support. Seriously consider joining. For more info: http://www.afmte.org. (Editor's note: Ralph Stephens is on the Alliance Board of Directors.)
The Fall of Nutrition
The Unholy Alliance of Monsanto, Dupont, and the Obama administration are working 24/7 to bring more toxic chemicals and genetically modified foods into your digestive system. They are now working on approving GMO salmon and wheat. GMO sugar beets have been approved recently, and a Bush administration ban on GMO alfalfa is about to be overturned. If you care about what you eat, and you should, you can keep up with the news through the Organic Consumers Association. This is a very left-leaning group that worked very hard to get Obama elected, hoping for change, and now is appalled that the change is allowing even more environmental and nutritional destruction by agribusiness and Food, Inc. than ever before. You can subscribe to their free newsletter and read their articles at www.organicconsumers.org.
Remember you are what you eat and think. It is time to get involved people, before it is too late, and that threshold is rapidly approaching.
See you Thanksgiving month with my 70th column - gobble gobble.
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