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Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
March, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 03
Association Looking for New Members
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists (NANMT) is looking for a few good members, according to new Board President, Judy Dean, RN, DS, NCBMB, CHt. The NANMT was organized in 1992 and experienced several years of growth but has since seen a drop in membership. A new board in now in place and is looking to grow the association once again.
Dean, a former Director and Chair of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, said her goal "is to support the state boards in the trend of supporting nurse massage therapists in their scope of practice." In order to do this, her "first goal is to increase membership. We're taking a look at everything to make sure there is agreement in terms of our purpose and broadening the appeal and message to others in the field who engage in touch therapy." Dean also shared that, "the intent of our presence in health care is to have nurse massage therapy recognized as a specialty in the nursing profession. We want to ultimately make a strong push to get recognized by the state nursing boards."
In addition to Dean, the new board consists of Jamie Listebarger, RN, LMT, as Vice President and Andy Bernay-Roman, MS, CMT, and the original founder of the NANMT will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. According to the new leadership, the first steps include assessing and formulating various structural and logistical changes to redevelop a strong, active and viable membership driven organization. The NANMT currently participates in fund raising events, distributes a newsletter, provides a source of referral and collaboration to nurses and non-nursing colleagues and interacts with legislators as to the role of the nurse massage therapist in the health care setting.
The NANMT philosophy is stated as, "Nurse Massage Therapy is grounded in nursing theory and implemented within the context of the nursing process. It possesses a specialized body of knowledge and therefore represents a distinct specialty in professional nursing practice. Nurse Massage Therapists provide professional services in various practice settings and receive fair reimbursement for their services. Nurse Massage Therapy affirms nursing as both an art and a science whose primary purpose is to provide health care services that nurture and strengthen clients' ability to heal themselves. Nurse Massage Therapy provides a holistic approach to health care, which is needed to balance the trend toward impersonal, technological-oriented health care. Using a variety of touch therapies, the Nurse Massage Therapist acts as a catalyst to facilitate clients' ability to heal themselves. NANMT members are committed to integrating massage and bodywork into various settings of contemporary nursing practice and health care. We work cooperatively with other health care professionals and with other nursing and massage/bodywork organizations. NANMT members maintain a high level of integrity and accountability consistent with the NANMT Code of Ethics and Bylaws, and adhere to the laws and legal scope of practice set forth by the regulatory nursing agency where they practice, as well as the Standards of Practice for the Nurse Massage Therapist."
NANMT members provide touch therapy to hospital in-patient, out-patient and in community settings; as private practitioners within health oriented agencies; as researchers collecting data regarding the impact of touch therapy on vulnerable populations; teaching the process of incorporating touch therapies to nursing students and caregivers and presenting at national educational programs. Membership dues are currently $100 per year for active members and $55 for students. And with more and more hospitals looking to include alternative therapies such as massage, nurse massage therapists could be in demand. A January 2012 article in the Los Angeles Times noted the increased trend in offering massage. According to the Times article, "experts say hospitals are embracing these therapies for many reasons, including a growing recognition that some integrative therapies...are very effective in certain instances."
If you are a nurse massage therapist or a student interested in incorporating touch therapy into your skill set, send your suggestions and ideas to the NANMT, as they work to get this association back to the forefront of the nursing and massage professions. As the board reminds existing and potential members, "your input impacts the future of your organization, as well as the acceptance of integrating your specialized touch therapies into nursing and the broader health care arena."
According to Dean, the NANMT currently has approximately 100 members but "more membership means a louder voice."
To learn more about the NANMT and become a member, visit their web site at www.nanmt.org.
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