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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Industry News for NCBTMB
NCBTMB Board Chair Appointed To Academic Consortium For Complementary And Alternative Health Care Board
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois (September 5, 2012) - The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) board chair Alexa Zaledonis has been elected to the Board of Directors Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC-www.accahc.org). The ACCAHC is a dedicated multidisciplinary consortium with core membership from 16 national organizations representing integrative health disciplines. ACCAHC's vision is of "a health care system that is multidisciplinary and enhances competence, mutual respect and collaboration across all health care disciplines." Zaledonis begins a three-year term on a board that also includes nominees from ACCAHC core member organizations COMTA and AFMTE. NCB is an ACCAHC member.
"It's an honor to be a member of this proactive board of health care professionals and part of a select group that represents the massage therapy industry," said Zaledonis. "It is very important that as the largest alternative health care profession in the United States, the massage therapy community have a strong presence in groups such as the ACCAHC who are driving the integration dialogue." Zaledonis will be a true ambassador for the massage profession in promoting mutual understanding, collaborative activities and in education - furthering the mission of ACCAHC.
"ACCAHC is pleased to have Alexa's perspectives and skills added to a top-flight team that is our unique, interdisciplinary Board of Directors," states John Weeks, ACCAHC executive director. "The massage field provides the chief major connection many people have to the integrative health disciplines so we are particularly pleased to have increased insight from massage leaders as we collaborate on the strategies to help create truly optimal forms of access and integration."
ACCAHC's other core disciplines are chiropractic, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, and direct-entry midwifery, with additional participation from the fields of yoga therapy, Ayurvedic medicine and homeopathic medicine. ACCAHC maintains multiple significant relationships with the medical educators in the field of integrative medicine.
Zaledonis has been NCBTMB board chair since 2011 and is a Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, teacher and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength Professionals Association. Zaledonis completed her Yoga Teacher Training (RYT500) in 2010 and continues to study eastern and western massage techniques.