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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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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?!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 05
FSMTA Creates Waves of Possibilities
By Editorial Staff
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) brings you waves of possibilities at this year's convention held at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World in beautiful Orlando, Florida beginning Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26.
The FSMTA conventions are known for providing attendees with a rich learning environment along with plenty of opportunities for meeting industry leaders, vendors, and making new friends at lively social events. And this year is no different.
The FSMTA 2011 "Waves of Possibilities" convention will be thriving with educational courses from top educators, networking opportunities with industry leaders, vital product information along with plenty of motivation and inspiration for massage therapists and students alike.
Attendees can earn up to 20 hours of Florida and NCBTMB CE credits including all Florida-required courses. Educational opportunities include: "How Does Pediatric Massage Therapy Benefit Children With Autism (ASD)?" by Tina Allen, "How to Build Lasting Client Relationships" by Cherie Sohnen-Moe, "Orthopedic Massage" by James Waslaski, "Intro to Structural Relief Therapy" by Taya Countryman, "Massage and Hospice" by Ann Catlin, "The Big 4: Prevention of Medical Errors, Ethics, Law Review and HIV/AIDs Education" by Pete Whitridge, and so much more.
A full day Educator Summit will also take place on Saturday, June 25. Class sessions are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. including "ADA Compliance Strategies for Massage Therapy Instructors" and "Intro to Distance Education for Massage Therapy Instructors". A roundtable discussion, facilitated by Pete Whitridge, will be open to all educators and other interested parties from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Discussion will include the licensure process, national certification and examination, helping your students succeed, and more.
The Successful Start Program is Wednesday, June 22 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a free program sponsored by FSMTA, Performance Health and Massage Warehouse, and is available only to massage therapy students and therapists licensed within the past two years. Program speakers and presentations include: Jay Edinger "Taxes and the Massage Therapist", Mike McGillicuddy "Self-Care and Wellness for the Massage Therapist", Joanna Godwin "Grow Your Practice With Community Outreach", Karen Ford "Good Therapists Can Get In Trouble", David Kent "Tips on Setting Up Your Office" and Angie Patrick "Massage Therapy Research: A Story of Love".
The philanthropic project, the Sanctuary, will be there supporting massage therapy research. The Sanctuary is always one of the most sought-after booths in the exhibit hall; so, stop by early and reserve your seat for a luxurious 10-minute treatment including basic reflexology, stone massage, exfoliation, hot/cold contrast protocols, herbal ball treatment and facial rejuvenating techniques. Your $10 donation for each 10-minute treatment will go toward the Touch Research Institute in support of Tiffany Field, and her research efforts with premature children and the benefits of massage therapy.
And don't miss the Saturday Night Banquet "Pearls of Wisdom - Gems of the Sea", which kicks off at 7:30 p.m and is sure to be the place for making new friends. This lively social event includes dinner, cash bar, awards, prize drawings and dancing!
Shop for luxurious products and services and meet the vendors themselves on the tradeshow floor. The hall opens Thursday evening for a welcome party, and then all day Friday and Saturday.
For every $10 spent in the exhibit hall, you will receive a prize drawing ticket from the FSMTA hospitality desk. Prizes, donated by exhibit hall vendors, will be raffled off during tradeshow hours. Cash drawings will also be held.
Your registration fee includes the welcome party with exhibitors and Saturday night banquet. The deadline for pre-registration is May 27. To register go to: https://secure.fsmta.org/login.asp?redir=register. Attendees can also take advantage of special pricing at Sea World of Orlando. For details, go to: http://4adventure.com/swf/ren_swf_convention.aspx
For more information about the convention, go to www.fsmta.org.
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