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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 10
In Memoriam: Dianne Polseno
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
On May 12, 2012, the massage therapy profession lost one of its biggest champions. Dianne Polseno died of cancer, eight months to the day after her diagnosis. She passed after an overwhelming illness, a rich life and an illustrious career in touch education.
Dianne had boundless energy and gave it freely. She always made time for people who needed her. A common experience people had upon meeting her was the sense that they had known her forever. She was warm, direct, strong and loving. As a teacher, practitioner, activist and administrator, she encouraged and mentored many of her students and colleagues along the way. She was known for her dedication and hard work, as well as her strong opinions. She was fiercely protective of massage therapy.
Dianne's signature is a regular column and an entire body of work on ethics in massage therapy. Her writing was always clean, clear and practical, and she churned out many glorious turns of phrase. She brought wonderful case studies to her column and made the reader feel that ethics were intertwined with the daily life of the practitioner. She welcomed questions from readers and answered them thoughtfully and thoroughly. Her contributions to this tender, growing area of massage therapy are deeply appreciated and will endure for a long time.
Massage therapy students who had the happy chance to study with her at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy raved about her courses. She taught science, drawing on her previous life in nursing and a passion for the workings of the human body. One of her greatest contributions was a continuing education course in cadaver anatomy where she brought massage therapists into the lab to view, touch and hold the human anatomy. She taught with reverence and a deep well of expertise. As a teacher, she received outstanding reviews.
Dianne received many awards and recognitions over her career, notably the 2006 AMTA Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award. That same year, she began work at Cortiva Institute-Boston as the Education Director where she rose to become its Campus President. While there, she navigated all of her administrative responsibilities while maintaining the long view of what massage therapy could become in the world of health care.
Although Dianne was prominent in the profession, many contributions were quiet and behind the scenes. Her 20-year practice in massage therapy served a wide range of clients. She worked with children with disabilities, athletes and people with serious illness. She massaged many members of her adoring family, including several when they were infants and young children. She had a strong connection to the younger world; as a faithful aunt to many lucky children, she was an attentive caregiver and gift giver.
Dianne's sense of humor was legendary. She was irreverent, self-deprecating and wacky, with brilliant comic timing. She kept her students' attention with mnemonics, stories and her characteristic arm-waving. Story after story brought massage therapy and science to life. She maintained her sense of humor throughout her illness, writing beautifully about her cancer experience on her CaringBridge journal (www.caringbridge.org/visit/diannepolseno). The site has been kept alive by her sisters and people continue to contribute. It is an impressive account of spirit and strength in the face of cancer.
Dianne's personality and gifts to the world were larger than life. The loss of her is deeply felt in the New England massage therapy community, the national American Massage Therapy Association, massage education and among her many colleagues and fans around the country. Yet, after she left us, I had the distinct feeling that the empty space she left behind was already filing with all that she brought to us while she was here.
The last time I saw Dianne, I thanked her for all that she gave to our profession. I asked her if she wouldn't mind, wherever she was going next, to continue looking after it and looking after us. As I expected, she agreed without hesitation. Her service to the large goodness of skilled touch will endure for decades. Generations of therapists, clients and teachers will be buoyed by her unseen support. And Dianne Polseno's spirit keeps on in these words she has been credited with: "We are changing the world, one massage at a time."
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