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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01
IMTRC Keynote Speakers Announced
Massage Therapy foundation hosting May conference in Seattle
By Editorial Staff
The Massage Therapy Foundation recently announced the details for its triennial International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC).Registration is now open and the conference will be held in Seattle May 12-15, 2016 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. This is the fourth research conference hosted by the Foundation and attendees are expected from around the country and abroad.
"The 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC) is an event designed to bring you up to date on new knowledge, meet research professionals, share your insights with your massage and bodywork colleagues, and potentially impact the direction of future research. Registration is now open. Come learn about the latest cutting-edge research and embrace the future of massage therapy," said Massage Therapy Foundation President Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD.
The Foundation has secured an impressive lineup of keynote speakers for the IMTRC. Friday's keynote speaker is Dr. Wayne B. Jonas, MD, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Samueli Institute, a non-profit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes and their application in health and disease. He is a widely published scientific investigator, a practicing family physician, Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University, and Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army.
Dr. Jonas was the Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 1995-1998, and prior to that served as the Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. His current research interests include projects on Information Biology, the placebo effect, cancer, biological effects of low level exposures (hormesis), homeopathy, spirituality, methods for enhancing stress resilience in military personnel and the impact of optimal healing environments in health care.
Saturday's keynote speaker is Dr. Brent A. Bauer, MD, the Director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Bauer is board-certified in Internal Medicine, a Professor of Medicine and has been on staff at the Mayo Clinic for 23 years. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that patients and consumers are using with increasing frequency. He has authored several book chapters and more than 100 papers on this topic, and is the Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Bauer is a member of numerous scientific review panels and is currently collaborating on more than 20 studies being conducted at Mayo Clinic evaluating CAM therapies ranging from acupuncture to valerian. He is the Medical Director of Rejuvenate, the first spa at Mayo Clinic. He is also the Medical Director of the Well Living Lab, a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, which is exploring the impact of the indoor environment on wellness. His work is at the forefront of the emerging field of Integrative Medicine which combines the best of conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies.
Sunday's Keynote speaker is Dr. Jo Smith, the Program Manager for years two and three of the Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage (BTSM) at the Southern Institute of Technology and co-leads the New Zealand Massage Therapy Research Center. Having developed the first Bachelor's degree in massage therapy in the Southern hemisphere, she is now focusing on developing a culture of research within the BTSM and the New Zealand massage industry.
Her PhD research focused on the culture of care and practice patterns within New Zealand and she has also carried out research into outcomes, professionalization and educational issues pertinent to massage therapy. Prior to becoming a massage educator and researcher, Dr. Smith worked as a massage therapist and physiotherapist.
Registration Now Open
IMTRC attendees will include massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, researchers and allied health professionals. "The conference is an incredible opportunity for massage therapists and allied health care providers to learn about new research findings that contribute to the massage therapy profession," said Cambron.
Early bird registration is available until April 12, 2016 for $450. Registration after the early bird date is $500. A one-day pass can be purchased for $250. For more information about the Massage Therapy Foundation or the IMTRC, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/2016-international-massage-therapy-research-conference/. To register for the conference, visit https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=145674.
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