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Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
First World Spine Care Graduate: Hildah Molate
Hildah Molate, the first World Spine Care (WSC) scholarship student, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic earlier this year and is now working at the WSC community spine clinic in Shoshong, Botswana.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
November, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 11
First Educational Congress Announces Diverse Program
By Nancy Dail, AFMTE Conference Planning Chair
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation continue to release information related to the First Educational Congress in July 2015 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota Campus.
Applications for proposals for presentations have been reviewed, contracts have been confirmed and a draft schedule is in the works. "We are thrilled that so many of our industry's stakeholder organizations have agreed to participate in this exciting event. The presentations are diverse, timely and worthy for all participants. The schedule, course descriptions and bios of the presenters will be up on the website soon." said Nancy Dail, Chair of the AFMTE Conference Planning Committee.
Here is a glimpse of the program: James Oschman, PhD, will lead us in a keynote presentation "Working Together for a Bright Future for our Professions" and will set a tone of harmony and light for the entire conference. Jim Oschman is the award-winning author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis and Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance. He lectures internationally on the science behind a variety of emerging medical techniques, especially bodywork, energetic and movement therapies. Jim has degrees in biophysics and biology from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in major research labs around the world. "Creating, inspiring, and manifesting a future we all long for, is a topic worthy of big discussion." In this presentation James will suggest a model for such endeavors based on the wisdom within us.
Besides the initial keynote, David Lauterstein will serenade us in the Destiny of Massage Therapy to view ways our collaboration can create a healthier more robust profession and contribute to a more just, vibrant and peaceful world.
In past conferences, the Alliance has had breakout sessions for teachers, schools and CE providers. This Educational Congress has a slate of presenters that will speak to all our members, as well as the industry stakeholders that have decided to attend and participate. Teachers will have a variety of courses to choose from including "Teach Yourself to be a Teacher" with Sandy Fritz to "The Science and Soul of Teaching" with David Lauterstein.
Sandy Fritz, author, school owner, renowned instructor and licensed massage therapist will explore in an interactive style, foundational information and resources to teach ourselves to be more competent teachers. "I think the Educational Congress is going to be a landmark event that I will write about in textbooks for years to come. I would not miss this historical event."
David Lauterstein, author, school owner, international speaker and instructor will engage in practical, exciting skill building exercises and group work for teaching and learning with one's whole self – using both sides of your brain.
Linda Derick, Director of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy will appeal to teachers, schools and CE providers alike with "Redesigning Curriculum: Touch Education for our Changing World." Participants will join Linda to explore ways that massage therapy education can, through collaboration, attain a further reach into our communities and consider strategies to implement into curriculum that support students to become successful touch educators.
Susan Salvo, author, educator and licensed massage therapist will present, "The 21st Century Classroom" which will explore our learning environments based on research and determine the most effective learning methods based on current best practices.
Anne Williams, Director of Education for ABMP will present, "Reinventing the Lecture" to reinvent teacher lectures to support better learning outcomes.
In "Education Research in Massage: How Can We Move it Forward?" Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT and Martha Menard, PhD, LMT, will explore real world possibilities for educational research collaboration. The bulk of the session will be spent on brainstorming ideas for how to create an education research infrastructure and discussing ideas for feasibly conducting education research at our institutions, both individually and in collaboration.
Deb Hill from ACCHAC will lead a panel to discuss, "Research and Evidence Informed Practice: Bringing the big picture into the classroom and clinic." Here a discussion will look at how engaging in the research dialogue can facilitate communication in environments focused on interdisciplinary health care and how we can inlay this education into an already tight curriculum.
Virginia Cowen, Phd, LMT, Director of Education at the Rutgers University Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, will present "Secondary Data Analysis: An Untapped Resource for Massage Research." This session will review how massage records can be utilized in secondary data analysis to contribute to massage therapy research. Ethical and statistical issues will be explored from a solutions-oriented perspective.
The Executive Director of the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc. (NACCAS), Tony Mirando, will lead a discussion in "Student Outcomes: A Conversation for Establishing Best Practices." This session for institutional administrators and faculty serves as an interactive examination of the critical factors which most dramatically impact the graduation, placement and licensure outcomes rates of your students, including a pre-enrollment plan of action for each student which will provide a roadmap to graduation; networking within your community; teaching students results-oriented employment skills; and methods to effectively track licensure data following your state's exams.
COMTA will have a full day of presentations on Wed, July 22nd before the conference to include an "Open Forum" in the morning and a discussion on "How to Survive and Thrive During an Accreditation Visit." COMTA will also lead a discussion on "Technology Show and Tell," about what technology is being used in the classroom in a two hour session later in the conference.
Mary O'Reilly from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, developers of the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) will review the do's and don'ts of creating challenging but fair questions from concept to completion in "Writing Great Exam Questions."
Jeffrey S. Harmon, Director of e-Learning for Ocean County College and public member of COMTA will present, "There's An App For That: Mobile Solutions To Everyday Needs." This breakout session will focus on the best-of-breed apps in education, business, productivity and lifestyle that may just provide you with that one app you've always been searching for.
Stephanie Beck, author of Social Trigger Points, will be presenting "Creating Exciting Content for Social Media." This is a workshop structured class, with 45 min outlining how to create the posts for each of the social media platforms and then small groups will be given a topic to create a Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ update. Prizes will be awarded to the team who crafts the best post.
In addition to the above presentations, there will be brainstorming sessions on "Collaborating Toward Increasing Enrollment for the Career of Massage Therapy and Cultivating New Teachers," as well as a panel for "How to Get Published." All of the stakeholder organizations will take part in a panel during the conference. There will be ample time in the schedule to visit vendors, socialize and network before the start of each day, during breaks and at the scheduled lunches. Dinners out will provide additional network opportunities. This is going to be an event not to miss! Complete information about the conference may be found on the AFMTE website, www.afmte.org.
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