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Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
August, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 08
FSMTA "Ignites the Profession"
75Th Anniversary Celebration Planned For 2014
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) "ignited the profession" at its annual convention at Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in late June. With more than 2,500 attendees, 156 total classes offered, the annual banquet, the rubber duck race to raise money for charity, as well as the exhibit hall, participants had a lot of options to choose from.
"The FSMTA convention was an energetic and lively event attended by people with happy, curious, exploring minds. I am always revitalized by spending time with the FSMTA and I hope to have many more opportunities in the future," said Ruth Werner, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation.
One of the highlights of the event came during the annual banquet as charitable donations from the Massage Warehouse Sanctuary were awarded to both the Liddle Kidz Foundation and Dr. Tiffany Field's Touch Research Institute(TRI). The Sanctuary awarded $6,200 to TRI. "We are pleased to support Dr. Tiffany Field in her mission at the Touch Research Institute to demonstrate the important role of therapeutic touch and massage on the growth, development and well-being of people at all stages of live from newborns to the elderly," said Earl DeCarli, President and CEO of Scrip Companies, the parent company of Massage Warehouse.
Massage Warehouse award $5,160 to the Liddle Kidz Foundation. "We are awed by the work of Tina Allen and her team to bring the power of nurturing touch for infants and children across the United States and the word," said DeCarli. "With her vision to make a sustainable and exponential impact on the health and emotional well-being of children, she embodies commitment as she travels the globe conducting educational and certification programs for massage therapists and caregivers to learn the power of nurturing touch for infants and children."
Anna Rodriguez also was recognized with the Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award in recognition of her efforts in improving the welfare of her clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others. "As the founder of The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Anna has received numerous recognitions and awards for her passion and dedication to identify, rescue and restore victims lives. We are very proud to add this Humanitarian Award to her long list of accolades and pleased that we had opportunity to present it on her birthday," stated Mr. Bob Poirier, Vice President of Commercial Operations for Performance Health. "Anna tirelessly travels around the country speaking and training law enforcement, community organizations and faith based organizations about human trafficking. Although she is neither a massage therapist nor a member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, her value to massage is immense as she continues to help us in our fight to stop unlicensed and illicit activity within the massage profession."
We've found the FSMTA annual conference, over 15 years, to be the reliable leader in massage industry conferences and events; and a worthwhile and well run event," said exhibitor John Gelb from Tools for Touch webinars. "Plus, more fun than ever this year. Thanks and see you next year!"
"Having had the pleasure of assisting the FSMTA with some of their marketing and promotional needs, I wanted to attend their event to learn more about their organization. What I learned was their conference is so welcoming and well organized that it has already been added to my calendar for 2014. Furthermore, I think it's an essential few days of learning and networking for any massage therapist. Congrats on such an amazing event. I am already looking forward to next year," said Jayne Thomas of Massage Promotions.
The 2014 convention will be held at the Marriott Renaissance Sea Word from June 26 to June 29th. Registration begins this month at www.myfsmta.org and there is a convenient monthly payment option available. With 2014 marking the FSMTA's Diamond anniversary and the high attendance this year, the FSMTA board of directors anticipates the convention filling fast and advises anyone thinking about coming to make plans to be there for this important celebration.
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