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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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
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?
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Achieving More Than Just Working on One Person at a Time
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
I invite you to take the time to read this short story on how to help millions of women prevent chronic pain. It begins at a very early age when the mind and the body are the most impressionable. We can do more to fight chronic pain than just working on one body at a time. Learn how you can get involved and why.
What is a Muse journey? It is an opportunity to earn three Girl Scout leadership awards, all of which build foundational leadership skills critical to moving up the Girl Scout ladder of leadership and becoming lifelong leaders themselves. The leadership award has three parts: Reach out, Speak out and Try out. The journey has to do with building self-esteem, which is linked to confidence and other positive benefits for girls such as health, happiness, athletic ability, academic achievement and social skills. The journey takes about a year or more to complete.
So, why should you get involved in something like this? Because through this process of involvement, you, as a massage therapist, can help build self-esteem in young women across the country which can lead to a lifestyle of less chronic pain. Also,, this is a fantastic opportunity to achieve business exposure in your community. Here is some staggering statistics regarding the future of women and pain. Research has shown that more than 10 million Americans will be afflicted with Fibromyalgia and that 75% to 90% of that number will be women.
Pain management centers across the country affirm that the number one thing that can help in managing this kind of chronic pain is lifestyle change. Their recommendations are increasing happiness, movement, being a part of the community, improving health through better nutrition and staying positive about life. Doesn't that resemble what the Girl Scout troops across America are trying to instill in our junior-age girls? The Girl Scouts goal is to help avoid the typical drop in self-esteem during the adolescence years. Research studies have linked low self-esteem with depression. For further information on this research you can visit www.GoodTherapy.org.
Here is how I got involved. A friend of mine became a Girl Scout leader to help out her granddaughter's troop and she told me about the year long journey she was planning with the girls. She explained it was about visiting the women in the community and having the girls experience their roles. Her intention was to work on two badges at once Reach Out and Try Out. Reach Out, as she explained, is about visiting and understanding the many roles women and girls play in the world around them and the leadership skills used to play them. And Try out is all about the juniors having the courage and confidence to try out new roles. So, I reached out and invited them to my facility to try out being a personal trainer, massage therapist, esthetician and business owner.
Earning the Try Out Badge
First, I asked them what they knew about personal training. And they had great answers like: diet, exercise and sweating. This is where I really got to do some education about personal training. I gave them information that a personal trainer actually helps people achieve their goals of not just looking better but feeling better and instilling a sense of well-being. We talked about the difference between fitness and wellness. With the goal always being wellness. Each one of the girls had the opportunity to lead us in movement, calling out the body part they were exercising. This is a great way of teaching them the names of the anatomy and what the function of the anatomy does.
Second, I asked them what they knew about massage therapy. And again great answers like, "it relaxes you" and "feels good." We had hand reflexology charts printed for them to follow and try out on each other. During the reflexology session, one of the girls proclaimed after answering a question I asked, "I must have woke up my brain." The experience also went much further than that day. This girl's grandmother told me while at school the next day she was searching for an answer on a test and remembered that pressing the end of her finger was how you wake up the brain. She did just that and relayed to her grandmother that the answer came to her immediately. She busily told all of her other classmates about the experience and she is happy to report they all are waking up their brains!
We also went over some of the conditions that massage therapy can help from the young to the old. Many of the girls were involved in sports so we talked about different sports injuries massage therapy can help with. They also got to experience the six strokes of massage and were encouraged to give Mom and Dad a massage when they got home. I was told that all of them did just that and they didn't stop talking about their experience for at least two hours after getting home.
Third, I asked them what they knew about facials and skin care. Again they had great answers, like "a muddy face and cucumbers." So, we finished the journey with skin care education and leading them through giving themselves facials. They did miss the mud, but really enjoyed the hot towels.
How You Can Get Involved
Bring Community Awareness
There are other ways you can bring community awareness to what you do. Why not try a falls prevention program at your local church, or a headache prevention workshop for your bank branches. How about carpal tunnel prevention for your medical transcriptionists or even teaching self-stretching to your local Parkinson's group. Pick up a copy of your community calendar at your chamber of commerce or local community meetings and get out there and become an educator. If you hate public speaking, then read the book by Susan Jeffers, PhD, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. And to quote the Girl Scouts of America, "Trying on roles and realizing your limitless potential builds confidence!"
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