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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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