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Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
Industry News for NCBTMB
NCBTMB Announces 2011 Board Election Results
Julia Young Hayes Elected to Board Seat Effective January 1, 2012
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois (November 29, 2011) – The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today the election of Julia Young Hayes to its Board of Directors. Her four-year term begins January 1, 2012.
The NCBTMB Board of Directors is made up of nine members, who together supervise and direct the affairs of the national certification programs, as well as the organization's committees and examinations. They also determine NCBTMB policies and procedures.
Julia Young Hayes, of Meridian, Mississippi, M.Ed, LMT, CPOI, NCTMB, is the owner of Victoria's Water's Aquatic/Massage Services and maintains a busy private practice. She has been a licensed massage therapist for 11 years – the same duration as her volunteer service to NCBTMB. Young Hayes has served on a number of NCB committees giving her great insight into the programs and policies of the organization. She graduated from the South Louisiana Institute of Massage in New Orleans, received her Master of Education degree from the University of New Orleans and was inducted into the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame in 2010.
"I am excited to continue serving NCBTMB and the massage profession by contributing my knowledge and experience to the Board of Directors," said Julia Young Hayes. "I plan to help uphold the standard of excellence that certification represents by raising the bar for educators and instructors, and by keeping the spotlight on the issue of human trafficking."
"NCBTMB is proud to add such an experienced and credentialed individual as Julia Young Hayes to the board," said Board Chair Alexa Zaledonis. "This is an exciting time of transition and growth for the organization, as we continue our work to strengthen the value of certification and its importance to the profession."
Three board officers were re-elected to their posts at the fourth quarter board meeting in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Alexa Zaledonis, LMT, CPT, NCTMB, of Annapolis, Maryland, will continue to lead the board as Chair for 2012. She is the owner and operator of wellness spa Even Keel, and a graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage. Zaledonis passed the National Certification Exam in 2002 and is a certified Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and instructor.
Susan Toscano, NCTMB, of Groton, Connecticut, remains the Chair-Elect for 2012. Toscano is an on-site team evaluator for the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation and has been a licensed massage therapist for more than 10 years. Toscano earned a bachelor's degree in Holistic Studies from Norwich University after earning a diploma from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.
Ronni Burns, Board Treasurer, of New York, will continue her post through 2012. Burns is a professor of communications at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and at the Stern School of Business, New York University. She served as a senior executive with Citigroup for 17 years, where her positions included consumer advocate, director of national sales, lobbyist and spokesperson. Burns is the public member of the board.