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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
September 20, 2010
MTF Announces 2010 Community Service and Research Grants
PRESS RELEASE - The Massage Therapy Foundation is proud to announce that four community service projects and one research study have been funded for the 2010 granting cycle.
Alisher Sharipov of Tigard, OR was granted $5,000 for her work with Medical Teams International. Through this grant, this program (now in its third year) will provide bodywork to Uzbekistanian orphans as well as bodywork training to their caregivers. Ages 4-18 years, these children have a broad range of abnormalities from central nervous system disorders to cerebral palsy. Through the previous grants, practitioners provided bodywork to 320 orphans and reeducated 30 caregivers about the benefits of massage therapy. After the 2008 and 2009 trips, 80 children who were previously confined to their beds can now walk. Thanks to this grant, two additional massage therapists will travel to the area in 2010 to train local caregivers and empower them to share their techniques with others making this initiative sustainable and available for many more children. This grant is funded in memory of Kathie King.
Leslie Korn with the Center for Traditional Medicine in Olympia, WA was granted $5,000 for her work on "Massage Therapy for Indigenous Women of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico". Since 1977 the Center for Traditional Medicine (CTM) has directed a small public health clinic in rural Mexico. Founder, massage therapist, and researcher Leslie Korn, Ph.D., has hosted volunteer health professionals and made massage therapy available to impoverished locals. This grant provides funds to expand the clinic's efforts into additional villages to provide treatment for those suffering from chronic pain as well as untreated or insufficiently treated injuries. Two massage therapists will give one-hour massages in the rural clinic or travel overland as necessary to reach immobilized clients. Many of these clients work in the fields, tend their families in inadequate conditions, travel rough terrain by foot, and correspondingly suffer from osteoarthritis of the elbows, hands, and knees. Massage therapy is meant to enhance their indigenous solutions for pain resolution and mobility, and promote self-care. This grant was sponsored in part by Biotone.
Shay Beider of Tucson, AZ was granted $5,000 for her work with "Integrative Health Care Solutions/Integrative Touch for Kids". She has designed this no-cost healing retreat getaway at an Arizona ranch that serves as a haven for children who have developmental disabilities, genetic conditions, chronic, acute, and life-limiting illnesses. More than 60 healing arts practitioners (including 15-25 massage therapists) blend their expertise to provide access to therapies to assist in pain management, improve quality of life, and empower the children to be part of their own healing processes. This grant allows for two days of tailored training for 15 massage therapists prior to each healing retreat. They'll learn massage techniques especially for these special needs children, unique communication methods, additional skills for relating to family members and caregivers, safety guidelines, and specifics to help them adhere to limitations. By the end of the grant reporting period, an additional 20 massage therapists will be eligible to provide massage to these children and 14 children with special needs and their 44 family members will have benefited from a Healing Retreat.
John Duke of Portland, OR was granted $5,000 for his project "Outside In". Outside In provides primary health care to more than 7,400 homeless and low-income people in Portland, Oregon. For more than 40 years, center staff has provided care on a sliding scale; those unable to pay are still treated. Services include substance abuse and mental health treatment, and chronic disease and medical case management. The center has had intermittent volunteer massage therapy available for clients receiving care for physical trauma in the orthopedic clinic. This grant will allow the center to hire a part-time massage therapist to provide four hours of 50-minute therapeutic massages a week to at least 200 clients over the course of a year. The staff massage therapist will also integrate and coordinate the work of additional volunteer massage therapists with that of other health care providers. This first year of funding from the Massage Therapy Foundation will help strengthen the existing business model and allow Outside In to sustain and grow the program in subsequent years. This grant was sponsored in part by Biotone.
Nina C. Franklin, LMT, Ph.D. (Cand) from the University of Illinois at Chicago was granted $30,000 for her study "Efficacy of Massage Therapy in Attenuating Vascular Dysfunction after Exertion-Induced Muscle Injury. Exertion-induced muscle injury is a recurrent problem that most frequently results from strenuous physical work or exercise involving eccentric contractions and clinically presents as pain and discomfort lasting up to 7 days. Research suggests that muscle injury triggers a local inflammatory response. Production of pro-inflammatory mediators by neutrophils, during the early phase of this response, may initiate systemic inflammation characterized by enhanced adhesion of neutrophils to the endothelium, excess reactive oxygen species production, and consequently, vascular dysfunction. Currently, there is no universally accepted treatment for exertion-induced muscle injury, however, massage therapy is often recommended for reducing associated symptoms.
The purpose of this research project is to determine the efficacy of massage therapy in attenuating vascular dysfunction in healthy sedentary young adults following acute exposure to exertion-induced muscle injury. Individuals who meet inclusion criteria will be assigned to one of three groups: 1) massage therapy treatment following exposure to exertion-induced muscle injury, 2) a control condition of exertion-induced muscle injury without massage therapy, or 3) a control condition of massage therapy without exertion-induced muscle injury. Our studies will employ an integrated approach with in-vivo and in-vitro physiologic methods to address independent and dual effects of exertion-induced muscle injury and massage therapy treatment on vascular function. The hypothesis to be tested is that massage therapy treatment performed after acute exposure to exertion-induced muscle injury will protect against vascular dysfunction and oxidative stress.
The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.
Source: Massage Therapy Foundation
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