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News In Brief
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine obtains grant funding from NIH; Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Announces New President; Kentucky Gets Licensed; PCOM Receives Approval from WASC to Offer FPD.
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in texts that are nearly 2000 years old.
New Leadership Era at the WFC
The World Federation of Chiropractic recently announced not only a new president, as is customary every two years, but also an incoming secretary-general, marking the first time since the WFC's inception in 1988 that someone other than David Chapman-Smith, Esq., will serve in that capacity.
Halt Allergies With Moxibustion Therapy
An allergy is an immune system disorder in which the body is hypersensitive to normally harmless substances in the environment.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Imagine What More Could Be Achieved With Your Support; A Lesson in Hygiene: What Do You Do in Your Office? Open Letter to the Profession.
Replenishing and Restoring Jing
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
CRREW Rallies for Ongoing Acupuncture Relief Effort in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made her way through the Philippine Islands, leaving in her wake at least 7,000 people dead, millions homeless and complete communities destroyed.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part I
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Coronary heart disease, in just the United States alone, costs close to 109 billion dollars a year.
Working With The Yuan-Source Level: Resonance and the Extraordinary Vessels
How do we stay fresh with our medicine? As healers, how do we balance our medical selves with creative artistry? Chinese Medicine is not a fixed dogmatic entity, but a living system, reliant on a mysterious force called "resonance."
Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner
From the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine comes a study that gives excellent direction to employers (and insurers) regarding the management of low back problems (LBP).
Shared Mechanisms Between Computer-Assisted Mechanical Adjusting and Contemporary Acupuncture?
Can contemporary acupuncture provide clues to the mechanisms responsible for pain relief provided by computer-assisted mechanical adjusting instruments, and clarify whether certain mechanical frequency combinations are superior to others for modulation of acute peripheral pain?
Home Sweet Medical Home
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received its fair share of praise and criticism since its adoption, few question the value of its emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered health care.
"Doctor ... Always Do the Right Thing"
So says "Da Mayor" in the iconic Spike Lee movie. As a fresh grad questioning in-network versus out-of-network, it struck me that some doctors have explicitly skirted the issue, while others have argued adamantly for the latter and "sticking it to the man."
The Importance of Knowing Mainstream Lingo
There is a secret lingo within mainstream medicine of which the vast majority of acupuncturists and Chinese medical professionals are unaware.
News in Brief
D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
Deciphering the New CMS-1500 Claim Form
Q: I am confused about how and when to use the new 1500 form, particularly block 14 and block 15. What is required and how do I properly fill out these fields? And do I actually have to use this new form or may I continue using the old version?
Don't Trust What Your Patients Say
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc. They are often not interested or engaged in what they consider "unrelated" personal health history.
The Boston Benevolent Chiropractic Clinic: Standing Up for the Needy
Our chiropractic assistant, Bridget, greeted an arriving patient at the Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston. She said, "Hi, Michael, good to see you. It's been awhile. Have a seat and Dr. Ken will see you soon."
Low Melatonin Linked to Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest the hormone melatonin, which plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, may play a role in the development of prostate cancer, as lower melatonin levels have been associated with an increased risk of prostate (and breast) cancer.
The Search for the Origin of the Wiggle Technique
When Bob had adjusted me previously, most of the time I knew what he was doing. But this time, he had me lie on the treatment table in the usual side-posture position, and he "wiggled" my sacroiliac with the fingers of both hands, while stabilizing my pelvis with his forearm.
Don't Trust What a Patient Says
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint in mind – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc.
Vibrational Medicine: Frequency Micro-Current and Color Acupuncture
Vibrational medicine involves the application of various forms of energy frequencies to the body for pain relief, healing and rejuvenation. Vibrational medicine will become a major growing trend in our medical systems for the following reasons:
Medial Knee Pain: 11 Potential Causes (and Corrections)
We have all seen patients with medial knee pain that either has no traumatic origin or lasts well beyond when it should be resolved. How can we help these patients? Here is an overview of clinical scenarios and how we can provide conservative care.
Wellness: A New Buzzword at the Aging in America Conference
Aging in America is "the nation's largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals in healthcare, social service, government, business and philanthropy with expertise in providing services and products for older adults."
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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