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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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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?
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
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.
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.
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 IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12
Serving America's Finest
Veterans see the benefits of massage and therapists find a calling
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The men and women in uniform who serve our country so faithfully often come home from battle with a variety of health issues, both physical and mental.And many of these brave warriors are finding that massage therapy is a great treatment for what ails them. Veterans hospitals are looking at the research and many massage therapists are finding that serving those who protect us is an honor and a special calling. Massage Today is pleased to announce that the 2012 Heroes of the Profession are all the therapists who faithfully serve our military heroes.
Returning soldiers and veterans from prior conflicts can suffer from a variety of issues when they return home. These issues include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, isolation, insomnia and other sleep disorders, fatigue, chronic pain, anger issues and even substance abuse. For many of these individuals, massage therapy is an affordable and drug-free option to help them deal with these issues.
VA Recognizes Massage
The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs has been keeping a close eye on massage and other complementary therapies as more and more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home with not only neuromuscular issues but mental health issues as well. An extensive study was published last year in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development and featured prominently on the Veteran's Affairs web site. The study, "Complementary and alternative medicine use among veterans with chronic noncancer pain" was conducted with the help of the Portland Center for the Study of Chronic, Comorbid Physical and Mental Disorders, the Portland Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and the Department of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University.
The results of the study were promising, with researchers concluding that the "results support efforts of the VA to increase access to CAM treatment options for veterans and suggest that the addition of massage therapy as a treatment option would be popular among veterans with chronic pain."
A nationwide organization called Hands for Heroes (www.handsforheroes.net) recruits massage therapists to help in "healing our nation's protectors." Hands for Heroes reminds therapists that the work they do doesn't just benefit the returning soldier. "As health care providers, you are already aware of the profound effect bodywork has in alleviating pain, reducing stress and balancing lives. For every veteran to whom you provide service, this will in turn affect the lives of their family, friends and associates."
Hands for Heroes believes its mission "is to make available to our returning veterans, bodywork therapy through numerous health care centers and individuals across the U.S." When a therapist decides to become a Hands for Heroes partner, the organization provides marketing materials, a gift certificate template, a certificate to show the therapist's support for veterans and they can also include your business in its national registry.
Therapists who live close to military bases and see the service members and their families on a regular basis are also getting involved in serving this clientele on an individual basis. Robert and Melanie Sachs began working with now retired Brig. General James T. Cook, on the Welcoming Warriors Home project. This project also recruits therapists nationwide to offer returning veterans and their families complimentary health and wellness plans and services. So far, they have therapists, spas and yoga studios in California, Georgia, Idaho, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas participating in this program.
In their work, Robert and Melanie use specific treatments of Ayurveda. One of their most popular treatments is a process known as Shirodhara, where a fine stream of oil is poured onto the forehead for a period of time. They say that, "the result is a significant increase in serotonin, providing a deep sense of relaxation, which helps veterans with both mood and sleep issues." To learn more about this project and how you might become involved, visit Robert and Melanie's website at www.diamondwayayurveda.com/welcomehome.html.
America's men and women in uniform, and their families, sacrifice a great deal to protect our freedoms. They believe their calling is in service to their nation. Massage Today celebrates those therapists who feel called to serve these brave men and women. The healing touch you provide offers relief and comfort to those who have seen destruction and may have tragically lost fellow warriors in combat. In faithfully serving this amazing population, you have become our 2012 Heroes of the Profession.
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