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Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
Dissection: A Unique Way to Learn
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Our massage clients include a wide variety of body types, sizes, ages and genders. Many have undergone surgeries, some structures have been removed, repaired or replaced. They have been diagnosed with problems in the circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, lymphatic, digestive and/or nervous systems.Have you ever thought it would be beneficial to see and touch the muscles, nerves, organs and bones? Compare diseased to normal organ tissue? Examine the same structure on multiple specimens? Did know this type of learning opportunity has existed for massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, personal trainers and others since 1993? The 2013 class will represent twenty years of these professions performing full body dissections at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa.
Each class begins with a dedication to our "Silent Teachers" for the privilege of being their students. They donated (bequeathed) their bodies to this program and we acknowledge, respect, thank and honor their souls. We commit to embrace the valuable knowledge they are about to teach us and to apply that knowledge to the benefit of our patients.
Very limited information is received about each cadaver and only includes: gender, sex, age, cause of death and occupation. We start by palpating boney landmarks and inspecting the cadavers for scars and surgical incisions.
Students are grouped in teams of seven. Together, they will dissect an entire body, superficial to deep, layer-by-layer, skin to bone. Their dissection exploration will also include the spinal cord, heart, lungs, organs, joints and the cranium.
As students dissect, their understanding, confidence and clinical application of knowledge grows. Can you think of a better way to learn about the skin, fascia, muscles, nerves, ligaments, vessels and other structures that compose the body? This type of study will clarify your understanding of the anatomy and eliminate any misperceptions that might exist.
Irregularities or deviations from the norm are discovered throughout each class. Examples include a unilateral sternocleidomastoid with four divisions, two sternal and two clavicular. Other examples include an upper trapezius muscle that did not exist on one side or adhesions throughout the body, arthritic joints, swollen lymph nodes and cancerous growths.
During class we remove a portion of the carotid artery and cut and peel away the arterial wall to expose a tubular structure that looks like a drinking straw formed by atherosclerotic plaque. Palpating this structure in a living person when treating in the anterolateral neck could cause a piece of plaque to break loose, producing a stroke. In the anatomy lab, students can palpate these structure without harm whiling clarifying its position to the sternocleidomastoid muscle. This level of education helps the students better understand the effects their treatments can have on the body.
It is common for students to uncover pacemakers, artificial hips, knees, shoulders and intervertebral discs. They examine the rods, screws and connectors used for a spinal fusion.
We also enter the cranium and vertebral column exposing the dura mater, arachnoid mater, the brain, spinal cord and cauda equine. Students open each joint throughout the body. In the knee, they examine articular cartilage, each meniscus, the cruciate and other ligaments. In the wrist, we investigate the carpel bones and the tunnel they form. The tendons and medium nerve that past through the carpel tunnel and the clinical significance created from swelling, infections, surgeries and/or trauma to the wrist. At least one cadaver in each class has undergone coronary bypass surgery. We palpate the metal wires that were used during the surgery to reconnect the sternum that was cut in half. We open the chest to see the lungs cradling the heart. We remove the lungs and inspect coronary bypass repair from every angle.
During an acupuncture treatment, the depth of needle insertion into the body is determined by multiple factors including the nature of the patient's condition, their age, size, etc. Acupuncturists check the accuracy of their needle placement by inserting them into the cadaver prior to starting the dissection.
Books, videos, computer programs, anatomical charts and models are all helpful aids in learning about the human body. Performing a dissection is a unique opportunity and you leave the lab with a new level of confidence and knowledge in your skills. Graduates have a clear understanding of the interconnection of the structures that form the body and how they function. Dissection allows students to feel the elasticity, density, size and position of structures throughout the body. While performing a full body dissection is not part of our standard curriculum, the opportunity is definitely available.
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