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Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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?
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Industry News for
MassageBook making online booking simple, seamless
MassageBook adds easy-to-use credit card payments to online booking
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Oct. 15, 2013) – MassageBook has added credit card payments to its online booking function, making its comprehensive business solution for massage businesses and individual massage therapists even more awesome.
Massage therapists can accept cash, checks and now credit cards when checking clients out after their sessions. Users just log in to their MassageBook account, go to their business page and click on “card processing” and then complete an easy 3-step process to get started.
Massage professionals can offer clients the convenience of paying with a credit card without feeling like they’re working for the credit card company by paying huge fees.
As if that weren’t enough, MassageBook also does all the accounting for business owners and individual therapists.
“It can be a nightmare keeping up with who paid for what, how did they pay, how many sessions left on a pre-purchased packaged, et cetera,” admits MassageBook CEO Mark Volkmann. “With MassageBook, accounting is no longer a four-letter word. You just may like opening that section on your profile.”
With a MassageBook profile, LMT’s can do the following directly from their account:
• Offer online booking (therapists pay a minimal fee for just the first time a client books through MassageBook)
• Schedule and manage client appointments, including reminder notifications
• Use an online and integrated SOAP notes application
• Optimize their online website with simple diagnostic tools.
• Monitor their business reputation on review sites such as Yelp, Google Places, Yahoo, City Search, etc.
• Take advantage of built-in SEO efforts
“There is no other software that provides the comprehensive and seamless solution we do to attract, book, retain and track massage clients easily,” says Volkmann.
Massage professionals can join MassageBook for free and choose to use the many free components if they like.
“If you don’t want to use our booking solution, you don’t have to,” says Volkmann. “All the rest of what we offer – scheduling, client management, social media integration, SOAP notes, online business review monitoring, et cetera – will cost you exactly nothing. And we won’t be bombarding you with advertising either.”
While still in Beta for a few more weeks, the pricing plan locks new clients in to a $10 rate for any new client who books online through MassageBook for the first time. But this will go up to $20 once the company officially launches in November.
MassageBook launched the Beta web solution in February. Business owners can go to www.massagebook.com to claim a business listing already on the site and then create their profile by adding photos, contact info and service details. Individual therapists can create a personal website, including an individual profile with background information on skills, licenses and qualifications.
“We give therapists all the online and client management tools they need to showcase their skills and ultimately grow their list of active and happy repeat clients,” he says. “Then we help manage those clients with a suite of business management and scheduling tools.
MassageBook is a simple yet powerful success engine for the massage profession. The web based software solution makes it easy for therapists and businesses to create amazingly effective websites, share them on social networks, connect them to local search engines, and do much more to attract clients in and keep them coming back.