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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 American Massage Therapy Association
AMTA Releases Annual Research on Massage Therapy Profession at AMTA Massage Schools Summit
The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) seventh annual summary research on the state of the massage therapy profession indicates mixed indicators for the massage therapy marketplace. A detailed report focused on the meaning of the research for massage therapy schools and their students was released and discussed today at the AMTA 2014 Massage Schools Summit in San Diego, CA.
As the demographics of the U.S. change, the opportunities for massage therapists continue to evolve, and the dynamics of massage therapy employment and private practice interact, this compilation of research is a vital resource for all in the massage therapy field. This is reflected in both the data on how massage therapists practice and how consumers accept massage.
“This research and analyses can be very important for our members and everyone in the profession,” says AMTA President Winona Bontrager. “Our profession and how massage therapy is accepted by consumers and those in health care continues to change and we all need to understand how it is changing. Knowing the realities of the marketplace is essential if we want to be successful in our profession.”
Based on four surveys conducted for AMTA in recent months, and data from government agencies, the research continues to show that consumers ultimately determine the health of the massage therapy profession and that they accept the value of massage therapy as part of health and well-being.
Consumer research indicates Americans continue to strongly believe in the efficacy of massage therapy, but the economy affected how many massages they received. The percentage of adults who received a massage stayed steady at 16 percent in 2013 while the average number of massages received went from 4.2 in 2012 to 4.1 in 2013. Approximately 34.9 million people had a total of 143 million massages in 2013, a 1.3 percent decline from the 145 million massages received in the U.S. by 34.5 million people in 2012. Although most age groups saw declines in use in 2013, those 18 to 35 and those 55-64 did see slight increases.
Americans continue to believe in the efficacy of massage as 88 percent consider massage to be effective in reducing pain and 88 percent believe massage can be beneficial to health and wellness. The primary reason people received massage continued to be for medical purposes – pain relief, soreness/stiffness and recovery from injury - with 43 percent of massage consumers getting massage for these reasons.
Practicing massage therapists reported working, on average, the same number of hours this past year, while the health care industry continued to offer employment opportunities for massage therapists in a variety of settings. On average, massage therapists worked 21.2 hours per week in 2013, similar to the 21.6 hours per week in 2012. They saw an average of 43 clients each month, up from 41 clients per month the year before. Their gross annual income from massage therapy also increased to $21,871 per year in 2013 vs. $20,789 in 2012.
Between 2012 and 2013, the estimated number of massage therapists grew by 4 percent to 319,870. The number of massage therapists has increased 47 percent over the past ten years, but the number has increased only 11 percent in the past five years indicating a slowing of growth in the number of therapists. Most massage therapists continue to be female (88 percent), had a different profession prior to becoming a therapist (82 percent), have formal education beyond a high school diploma (88 percent) and are sole practitioners (62 percent).
The health care industry continues to offer employment opportunities for massage therapists in a variety of settings. The industry added 19,000 jobs per month in 2013, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. Twenty-six percent of massage therapists reported working in a health care setting in 2013 (18 percent in a chiropractic office / integrated health care clinic and 8 percent in a hospital / medical office or clinic) slightly less than the 27 percent of therapists working in health care settings the previous year.
More massage therapists received referrals from health care professionals in 2013 with particular increases from chiropractors and integrated health clinics (70 percent in 2013 versus 67 percent in 2012) and from other healthcare professionals (73 percent in 2013 versus 69 percent in 2012).
The increasing number of referrals from health care professionals in recent years continues to indicate growing integration of massage therapy in health care environments.
Read AMTA’s 2014 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet at www.amtamassage.org/industryfactsheet.
The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.