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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 1)
Maintaining joint health should be a daily focus for athletes. Joint health is a complex issue for everyone, but for athletes it poses a greater concern.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
Help for Hospital-Based Massage Therapy
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
As interest in hospital-based massage therapy grows, more and more massage therapists want to work in hospitals. Many have asked for guidance in starting and joining hospital-based massage therapy (HBMT) programs. Massage therapists have much to offer the hospital setting. With skilled touch and caring hearts, massage therapists are a natural fit. We can support patients, families and hospital staff, where our services are badly needed. It is an exciting time to be learning, teaching and serving in these settings.
For many therapists, the point of entry into hospital work is oncology massage. These two movements — hospital-based massage therapy and oncology massage — serve each other. To the many therapists interested in HBMT, I offer the Society for Oncology Massage, on the growing list of resources below.
Although there is increased interest in HBMT, massage therapists face many challenges in starting up programs and even working in existing programs. Many of these challenges are educational: most basic massage training programs do not adequately prepare massage therapists for electronic medical records, HIPAA, hospital culture and the norms of professional behavior. Likewise, skills in program development and massage protocols for hospital settings are not typically part of basic education. Moreover, many massage therapists tell me how overwhelmed and under prepared they feel when working with the complex medical conditions and varied client presentations they find in the hospital setting. As a profession, we have a lot to learn.
The following are some valuable HBMT resources:
The National Conversation
These are just some of the resources that are contributing to the national conversation about hospital-based massage. That conversation should answer important questions including: How can we prepare the profession to move into this setting? What will it take for massage therapy to assume a greater role in health care? How can massage therapists work more skillfully with people with complex medical conditions, in and out of the hospital? How will we need to improve our skills in interviewing, charting, hands-on applications, clinical decision-making and using research evidence?
The answers to these questions and others will deepen our skills and move our profession forward. Patients, caregivers, hospital staff and the massage profession will benefit when we can answer the call to work in the hospital setting. Then we will move firmly into place in health care.
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