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Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
June, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 06
Become a Culturally Competent Practitioner
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
Decades ago I was an occupational therapy intern at a hospital in Iowa. One day, my supervisor called a meeting where she told her staff about a new patient — not something that typically triggered a meeting.But, this was not a typical patient! He was the elder of a gypsy family. The hospital was making preparations to accommodate what tradition dictated in gypsy culture.
The entire extended family would stay on the premises during the elder's hospitalization. I'm no expert in gypsy culture but that's not the point here. Looking back, I admire the way the hospital handled the situation. For days this family stayed in campers in the parking lot and there were several family members in the hospital room night and day. I remember being fascinated by all this even though I didn't understand it. I'm glad the hospital set such a good example and honored the needs of this patient while demonstrating cultural sensitivity.
As the population of the United States becomes increasingly ethnically blended, health care practitioners are being called upon to care for people from diverse cultures. This is especially true in hospitals and medical clinics but also in long term care, rehabilitation hospitals, hospice and home care. Since more massage therapists are working in these settings, it's important to explore how to approach a multicultural clientele with sensitivity while respecting cultural differences of individuals, families and groups.
Developing Cultural Competence
In the context of health care, cultural competence is simply the ability to relate to and provide services for people from cultures and traditions other than one's own. Lots of things make up a person's culture and world view. Ethnicity, family heritage, spiritual tradition, beliefs about illness and wellbeing, views of death and dying, food beliefs, family structure, language and non-verbal communication, and attitudes about touch are a few such influences. What follows are tactics to become a more culturally competent and sensitive healthcare practitioner in our diverse society.
Since massage therapy fosters a holistic approach, factoring in the needs of people from a range of cultures seems logical. With greater opportunities to serve clients in medical settings, you can be an example of cultural competence to other healthcare practitioners while at the same time providing excellent service for your client.
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