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Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
September, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 09
Student Case Report Winners Announced
Massage Therapy Foundation Also Announces Editorial Changes at IJTMB
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) recently announced the winners of the 2012 Student Case Report Contest. According to the Foundation, the Student Case Report Contest exists to promote research literacy in massage therapy schools by encouraging instructors to integrate research into their schools' existing programs.The goal of the program is to encourage schools to come on board and support the program so students can learn to write effective research case reports and simultaneously begin to learn how to incorporate research into their future massage practices.
Each of the case reports reflected a different area of research and study into the effects of massage therapy on a variety of conditions. First place winner Mary Wakefield of the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland, studied "The Effects of Massage Therapy on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome." She receives a $2,500 cash prize contingent on undergoing the peer review process for publication in a scientific journal. She and her school supervisor also received a $1,000 stipend to attend the 2012 American Massage Therapy Association annual convention in Raleigh, NC, next month.
Second place was awarded to Heidie Furin of the Cortiva Institute-Seattle, for her case report entitled "Combination Structural and Swedish Massage on a Patient with Post-Operative Bunions." Third place went to Nicole Riou of Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada for her report on "Massage Therapy for Essential Tremor: Quieting the Mind." Both the second and third place winners will receive $2,000 and $1,500 cash prizes respectively that are also contingent upon undergoing a peer review process for publication in a scientific journal.
The MTF also awarded two Honorable Mentions to Raeann Lisiecki for her report, "Investigating the Effect of Massage Therapy on Phantom Limb Sensation and Pain on a Double Amputee" and Danielle Van Holst for her report, "Massage Therapy Treatment for Scar of Post Tibia/Fibula Reconstructive Surgery and Fasciotomy." All participating students are encouraged to submit a poster abstract for the 2012 AMTA convention. Visit the MTF website for additional information on the submission process.
The Student Case Report Contest opens this month with a deadline of June 1, 2013. The Practitioner Case Report contest is open with a deadline of October, 1, 2012. For more information about the MTF and the student case report winners, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.
Editorial Changes at IJTMB
The MTF also recently announced some editorial changes taking place at the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), the massage industry's open access scientific journal sponsored by the MTF. Antony Porcino, PhD, has taken over as Executive Editor after the departure in early 2012 of long-time previous editor Dr. Glenn Hymel. Dr. Hymel is now serving as the Journal's Senior Consulting Editor and Emeritus Founding Executive Editor. Dr. Porcino recently completed his PhD in health services research, specifically research design issues in complementary and alternative medicine. His thesis focused on how therapeutic massage and bodywork practitioner's training and experience needs to be addressed in research design.
"Dr. Glenn Hymel's vision and leadership brought the IJTMB to a high level of acceptance in the scientific community in a remarkably short time," said MTF President Ruth Werner. "While we are excited to welcome Dr. Procino as the new Executive Editor, we are grateful that Dr. Hymel will continue to serve in an advisory capacity."
Another change was the addition of Albert Moraska, PhD, who joins the IJTMB as the Research Section Editor. Dr. Moraska is a past member of the MTF Board of Trustees and received his doctorate in Integrative Physiology in 2002 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently as Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and has been actively teaching and conducting research on massage therapy since 1994.
According to the MTF, "The Journal continues to push forward and make a name for itself within the massage and bodywork profession, evidenced by its inclusion in the indexes of PubMed Central, Quertle, the Directory of Open Access Journals, CrossRef, Healthindex, Index Copernicus, Google Scholar, Hinari and Scopus."
The IJTMB is an open access, peer reviewed publication intended to accommodate the diverse needs of the rapidly expanding therapeutic massage and bodywork community. Principal sections of the journal span the areas of research, education and clinical practice. For more information or a free subscription, visit www.ijtmb.org.
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