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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 10
For the Love of Massage
By Angie Patrick
I believe people do things for many reasons. Sometimes people do things because they feel obligated or they feel it will reap a huge profit; and often they do things out of kindness.
But then sometimes, people do things out of love. This could be out of love for their family, friends, neighbors, or any other love they feel. Love can make you do things you never thought possible, and give you the drive to do things as they have never been done, forging headlong into new and untried territory. It can make you dream big; and when your heart is in the right place, your dreams can be bigger than you ever imagined.
I know this is true. The Massage School Makeover has made me even more of a believer in this.
I have watched the seedling of an idea born out of the love of massage grow into a mighty forest of manufacturers, educators, media, associations, artists, events, and publishers - all standing tall as part of positive and productive change. This forest of caring and dedicated people stand proud as the Professional Product Partners for the 2010 Massage School Makeover, bringing professional grade products, equipment and services to the forefront - gifting these wonderful and bountiful awards to a deserving school to be announced Nov. 16, 2010 at the World Massage Conference. (Editor's note: The Massage School Makeover event ends Oct. 30.)
Massage Warehouse, Massage Today, and the World Massage Conference have sponsored an idea I have had for quite a while, and in doing so, breathed life into a project we feel will bring the awareness and need for education in our schools to also include exposure to professional tools of the trade. The need for utilizing professional grade products, education, and services is vital to the success of any massage therapist. After all, when they graduate, pass the exams and become licensed, are they ready for success? Have we, the stewards of this industry, done all we can to educate these new members of our community in regards to the proper lubricant to utilize for each specific modality? Do we share what to look for in a professional grade massage table? Have we exposed them to a wide variety of modalities by introducing them to the world of CE providers? Have they ever compared different brands side by side? Have we impressed upon them the importance of a positive, professional appearance and impression for the client? Do they know how this may play a huge part in whether a client returns for a second visit, or ever books the first?
If we don't, we should. And this is why the Massage School Makeover was created. Working with schools for much of my career, I have heard many success stories. But for every yin, there is a yang. And conversely, I have heard tales to make you cringe.
Speaking with students and new graduates, and assisting them in their first purchase of equipment and supplies is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share what I know about various products and help the client make the right choices for their needs. But it has become quite evident to me that often the first time they think about the product side of the massage profession, they are already well out of school and having to learn on the fly. Their curriculum is often so immersed in the clinical side that the business side often gets glossed over. In doing this, we have armed a well-educated student with wonderful technical skills, but with no real idea where to go or how to begin to put them into use in a business model. Many are surprised and shocked at the prices of massage tables. It concerned me that so many were unaware of the wide world of amazing professional grade products out there and further unaware of basic start-up costs for a mobile therapist.
By bringing together the greatest manufacturers, products, services and education in the industry and providing an opportunity to educate about these items as well as physically award a school with a tremendous and life-changing gift is really what community is all about. It is a way for the "support" side of this industry to give back to our community in a way that is both fulfilling and philanthropic.
Our partners have given the best they have to offer. (A full list of these amazing partners can be found on MassageToday.com.) Never have I been more aware of the power a few can create when united for a common cause. Each partner gave what they could, and in doing so, we have amassed over $50K in products, equipment and services. This is unprecedented in our industry; awards of this scope and stature have never been seen in our community.
It is with a humble heart that I extend my appreciation for their belief in this project, and for rolling the dice with me to try to impact change. I think we have succeeded. The number of schools that have been nominated has been tremendous! We have learned so much about the education of a massage therapist from coast to coast. The information we have learned will be broken into segments and will soon be published.
While I began with a significantly encompassing list of schools nationally, we have heard from many others that have eluded lists, associations and publications. These have been the unknown quotient, and there are more out there.
I want to learn about these schools, and assist any way I can in providing what they need to educate on the business of massage as well.
The Massage School Makeover is a project that will continue to flourish and grow, as many more schools become aware of the event and take part. It is my hope that we can come together as a community on a yearly basis, and bring to light the importance of professional grade products for years to come.
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