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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
Industry News for MassageWarehouse.com
Massage Warehouse® Partners With EarthLite® to Create an Exclusive, Customized Portable Massage Table that Supports the Massage Therapy Foundation
Massage Warehouse will debut the Savannah™ Portable Massage Table at the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) Tradeshow, July 8-12, 2009, Booth 719, at Champions Gate, Florida
Bolingbrook, Illinois - July 7, 2009 - Massage Warehouse (www.massagewarehouse.com), the largest supplier of massage equipment and supplies, and EarthLite (www.earthlite.com), the world's largest manufacturer of massage and spa treatment tables, have partnered to create an exclusive portable massage table, the Savannah™. A portion of Savannah sales will be donated to support the Massage Therapy Foundation.
"The Massage Therapy Foundation is excited about the new Savannah table and the unique partnership of Massage Warehouse and EarthLite. This partnership will help further massage research and help bring massage therapy to more people around the globe," says Diana Thompson, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Savannah is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind portable massage table that will be distributed solely by Massage Warehouse. The Savannah features a hardwood Maple frame, sturdy Birch decking, 2 1/2" cushioning system, unique half-Reiki and half-standard endplates, dual wooden headrest outlets and more. The table will be sold as a value package that includes an EarthLite deluxe adjustable headrest, face cushion and single pocket carry case. Ten dollars of the proceeds from every Savannah sold will be donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, public charity that promotes research, community service and education in the field of therapeutic massage and bodywork.
"The Savannah is a beautiful, eco-friendly, portable massage table that is packed with professional features in a distinct, rich espresso semi-gloss, water-based lacquer and warm latte colored Natursoft™ PU-free upholstery," says Jim Chenevey, President and CEO of EarthLite. "But the real beauty of the table is its continual gift back to the massage industry."
"We were looking to create an exclusive table for our customers, but wanted it to be more than a unique, eco-friendly table at an incredible value," says Heather Zdan, Vice President of Marketing at Massage Warehouse. "Partnering with EarthLite provided the opportunity that Massage Warehouse wanted. Our mutual donation program is what really sets this table apart and is a direct extension of Massage Warehouse's mission to help and support the massage industry."
About Massage Warehouse
Massage Warehouse, a division of Scrip Companies (www.scripcompanies.com), is headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Massage Warehouse has become the number one supplier of massage equipment and supplies by providing the industry with high quality, professional products at a fair price for over 20 years. Massage Warehouse takes great pride in being a long-time trusted resource to massage professionals - providing them with the equipment, supplies and educational information they need to succeed.
EarthLite is headquartered in Vista, California with operations on three continents. EarthLite and its affiliates are one of the oldest and largest massage and spa table manufacturers in the world. EarthLite maintains an unwavering commitment to making exceptional quality products with eco-friendly materials and processes.
About Massage Therapy Foundation
The mission of the Massage Therapy Foundation is to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. Since 1990, the Foundation has granted over $300,000 to dozens of outreach initiatives, including massage programs that increase the self-esteem of severely burned kids at Camp Hope, decrease the occurrence of illness in orphans in South Africa, and bring hope to survivors of torture; and over $500,000 to fund research that explores, for example, the psychotherapeutic effects of massage for people with cancer, and the ability for massage to enhance movement in seniors. At least 75% of money donated to the Foundation directly funds our granting initiatives.