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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
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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