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Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Why Drugs and Supplements Can't Cure Disease
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be cured with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Hypertension is the best example of this.
DC App – The Next Generation
According to a survey by technology firm CDW, health care professionals gain approximately 1.2 hours per day in productivity simply by using a tablet computer in practice.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Treating Acute and Chronic Neck Pain With Ischemic Compression and Exercise
There are many reasons not to manipulate the neck with cavitation: the patient is too old, their neck is too tight, etc. But the most common reason is that plenty of patients are afraid of "the crack," mostly because of the bad publicity about that procedure.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
Are You Ready for the 2016 Patient?
In October, Apple released its iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The new system includes Health, a new app that will interface with an ever-growing number of other apps.
Step by Step: Long-Term Treatment of Soft-Tissue Injuries Combines Skill and Care
Treating soft-tissue injuries with long-lasting results starts the moment an individual enters the office. When it comes to pain, the only thing that matters to the patient is relief.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Home Safety: Help Families Avoid Common Injury Hazards at Home
These days, many parents childproof their homes before a baby is even mobile. You will see an array of electrical outlet covers, bumpers on the corners of the coffee table and safety latches on the cupboards.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Avoiding "Just a Pop Doc" Syndrome
Yes, it's harsh. Patients don't like to admit it. They have an unspoken plan when they first visit you: to come one time, get rid of their pain and then get rid of you. They know it's unrealistic, but they'd like to pay nothing for this service.
News in Brief
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Solving the Pain Puzzle
Legendary former New York Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." He would have been a great chiropractor. We are trained to become experts with our hands: palpation, adjusting, soft-tissue release, etc.
The Death of the Travel Card
As long as I have been in practice, the travel card has stood as the primary style of documentation for chiropractic. It is quick, simple and direct. Unfortunately, the rules have changed.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Are You Ignoring the 10,000-Hour Rule?
Having trained interns and mentored new practitioners, it has been my observation that their No. 1 clinical concern is adjusting skills. Their second clinical concern is their ability to read X-rays. Physical diagnostic skills are a distant third.
Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also referred to as photobiomodulation, has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade.
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Is It Time for a Popeye Moment? The Flaw in Recommending Chiropractic as a Career.
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Announces First Group Member
The Michigan Association of Chiropractors has joined the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress as its first group member.
June 12, 2012
AFMTE Conference Focuses on Teacher Standards
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
At its third annual conference, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) focused on "creating an atmosphere of collaboration, respect and mutual support." During its meetings in Tucson June 7th through the 9th, the AFMTE decided its priority going forward would be to establish standards for massage school teachers through its National Teacher Education Standards Project (TESP).
The Board issued this statement at the conclusion of the conference: "The Board feels this meeting was an incredible success. It brought together a distinguished group of the field's leading educators, more than 24 nationally published authors and educators from schools across the nation. Keynote speaker Benny Vaughn's inspirational opening reminded us that a profession is judged by how it educates its members. The group produced an overwhelming consensus that teacher standards are needed in the profession. Great work was done producing the TESP, which will establish standards for massage school teachers. Also, workshops provided participants with training in educational research, communication skills, social media and busting myths."
According to the Alliance, the reason behind establishing the TESP is as follows: "While educational and testing requirements are commonplace for the licensure of massage therapists, there are few jurisdictions that currently require instructors of massage therapy to have specific training in the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) of teaching. As a result, the majority of teachers in this field have not been trained to teach. Knowing how to give a competent massage requires a different skill set than what is needed to teach massage therapy and related subjects." For additional information about the TESP, visit the Alliance website at www.afmte.org/teacher-standards/.
The Alliance also re-elected several new board members including Heather Piper, Stephanie Beck, Cherie Sohnen-Moe, Su Bibik, Iris Burman and Pete Whitridge to the Board of Directors and Tim Herbert, Tracy Walton, Joe Lubow, Susan Beck and Debra Curties to the Leadership Development Committee. The Alliance also raised $800 for the Massage Therapy Foundation through a chair massage fund raiser. Breakout sessions included "Busting Myths and Teaching Critical Thinking Skills," taught by Massage Today columnist Tracy Walton; "Educational Research: What Is It, What We Can Learn From Other Organizations" taught by Martha Brown Menard; "How to Use Social Media as a Lead Generating Marketing Tool and Not a Waste of Time" taught by Massage Today contributor Stephanie Beck; "How to Create Connections to Get Into the Community" by Susan Beam; "Ethics Panel: Ethical Issues in the Classroom" with Nancy Dail, Cherie Sohnen-Moe, Terri Yardley-Nohr and Pat Benjamin; and "Advanced SAVI: How to Translate This Into the Classroom" by Massage Today columnist Ben Benjamin.
John Weeks delivered the keynote presentation: "ACCAHC and Collaboration in our National heath Care System." Weeks discussed a health care system that "will deliver effective care that is patient (client) centered, focused on health creation and healing and readily accessible to all populations," with massage therapy having a seat at the table.
Other massage organizations attending the Alliance conference included representatives from the Massage Therapy Foundation, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the American Massage Therapy Association and the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.
According to the statement issued by the Board, "overall, the Board was thrilled with the outcome of the conference. According to participant's evaluations, it was a 5-star event." For more information about this conference, the TESP or how to become an Alliance member, visit www.afmte.org.
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