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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Industry News for Biotone
BIOTONE Grants Support Massage Therapy Foundation
2010 Community Service Projects
BIOTONE Funded Projects Focus on Role of Massage Therapy to Relieve Pain
SAN DIEGO, CA - September 9, 2010 - BIOTONE today announced its annual donation to support two Massage Therapy Foundation funded community service projects. BIOTONE's $15,000 donation is part of the company's ongoing support for the Massage Therapy Foundation's granting program. BIOTONE funded projects for 2010 enable public health service centers to integrate massage therapy with conventional medical treatment to help individuals suffering from chronic pain and injuries.
Ruth Werner, president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, said, "BIOTONE demonstrates an unwavering commitment to extending the healing benefits of massage therapy to individuals being served through community-based programs. In addition to the invaluable contribution to these local communities, BIOTONE's support continues to shed light on how alternative therapies work to improve health and well-being."
About the BIOTONE Funded Projects
Outside In is a center that provides primary health care and integrated health options to more than 7,400 homeless and low-income people in Portland, Ore., who suffer from substance abuse, mental illness and chronic diseases. The center's director, John Dukes, and staff members have realized how tremendously powerful and transformative massage therapy can be for homeless people and those with severe mental illnesses. The BIOTONE grant will allow Outside In to hire a part-time massage therapist to provide four hours of 50-minute therapeutic massages a week to at least 200 clients over the course of a year.
"Massage Therapy for Indigenous Women of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico," under the direction of project leader Leslie Korn, will expand the services of the Center for Traditional Medicine, a small public health service, to improve community health standards in several rural villages outside the popular Mexican tourist area of Puerto Vallarta. The grant will help to expand treatment for those suffering from chronic pain as well as from untreated or insufficiently treated injuries.
Two massage therapists will give one-hour massages in the clinic or travel off site as necessary to reach immobilized clients, many of whom work in the fields, tend their families in inadequate conditions, travel rough terrain by foot, and correspondingly suffer from osteoarthritis of the elbows, hands, and knees. Massage therapy is meant to provide solutions for pain resolution and mobility and promote self-care.
"The Massage Therapy Foundation program gives us an opportunity to not only give back to communities, but also to further explore the incredible potential of massage therapy to work alongside conventional medicine to heal the mind and body," said Jean Shea, BIOTONE president. "We greatly value the opportunity to be a part of such a unique and instructional program and look forward to many more years and many more projects that contribute to communities and to the expanded role of massage therapy in mainstream healthcare."
About the Massage Therapy Foundation
The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501 (C) 3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.