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New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
AMTA Releases Annual Research Results
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) recently released its sixth annual research summary on the state of the massage therapy profession, with mixed results that create a different view of the marketplace.
For example, research found that practicing massage therapists reported working, on average, more hours in 2012, but that fewer consumers actually received massages last year while still strongly believing in the efficacy of massage therapy. Research also found that the health care industry is continuing to offer a variety of employment opportunities for massage therapists.
According to the 2013 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet, the percentage of adult American consumers who received a massage declined to 16 percent in 2012 from 18 percent in 2011 and the average number of massages received went from 4.5 in 2011 to 4.2 in 2012. Approximately 34.5 million people had a total of 145 million massages in 2012, a 15 percent decline from the 170.5 million massages received in the United States by 37.9 million people in 2011.
Perhaps the most promising growth trend, was the increase in the number of referrals from health care professionals as more and more massage therapists branch out into the health care landscape. According to the 2013 Industry Fact Sheet, "more massage therapists received referrals from health care professionals in 2012 than 2011 with particular increases from hospitals and medical offices (51 percent in 2012 verses 46 percent in 2011) and chiropractors and integrated health clinics (67 percent in 2012 verses 63 percent in 2011)."
Health care environments are also offering a variety of employment opportunities. Overall, health care industry employment grew 2 percent higher in 2012 over 2011 by 17 million. "The category of 'outpatient care centers' which includes massage therapists, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, experienced 5.8 percent growth in the past year. Twenty-seven percent of massage therapists reported working in a health care setting in 2012 (19 percent in a chiropractic office/integrated health care clinic and 8 percent in a hospital/medical office or clinic) slightly less than the 29 percent of therapists working in a health care setting in 2011."
"This research and analysis can be very important for our members and everyone in the profession," said AMTA President Cynthia Ribeiro. "It's invaluable to all of us. Our profession and how massage therapy is accepted by consumers and those in health care keeps changing and evolving. If we massage therapists don't know what is happening in the marketplace, we may be at a real disadvantage in knowing where we can practice successfully."
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