A New President for AOMA: A Conversation With Mary Faria
Dr. Faria was formerly a health care executive for over 30 years, the last 17 of those years as vice president and chief operating officer of Seton Southwest Hospital in Austin. She chairs the board of Austin Mayor's Health and Fitness Council.
Knocking Down the Doors: Big Media Success for F4CP
Three articles authored by a DC or a chiropractic organization and promoting the value of chiropractic care – par for the course if you're Dynamic Chiropractic, but if you're Forbes, BOSS Magazine and Becker's Spine Review, three media outlets tailored toward high-level executives and decision-makers, we're talking about an entirely different story.
The Raw Food Debate: Practitioners Discuss Nutrition & TCM
Licensed acupuncturist and fellow blogger Elissa Gonda joins this month's column for a conversation about raw food diets. She brings her perspective on the healing potential of a raw primal diet.
2018 Gallup-Palmer Report: Key Findings
The fourth annual Gallup – Palmer College report is out; here are some of the key findings excerpted directly from the executive summary regarding Americans' experiences with chiropractic care relative to the management of neck and back pain:
A Soy Isoflavone That Packs a Punch: Genistein
Soybeans contains unique substances called isoflavones, most notably genistein and daidzein, which have been shown to block the buildup the dangerous type of testosterone in the prostate gland linked to prostate enlargement and prostate cancer.
Reaching for Our Roots: Healing Digestion With a Simple Traditional Therapy
Are you ignoring a powerful tool in your doctor's bag? Many acupuncturists realize that Spleen Qi deficiency has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Yet, we don't prioritize educating our patients about the importance of warm, cooked foods.
Cynicism and Burnout: It Can Happen to You
Trying to achieve fulfillment as a doctor in today's health care environment is a "rigged game" and physicians are programmed to burn out. At least this is the opinion of Dike Drummond, MD, in his thehappymd.com blog.
Bad for the Back! Exercises That Can Prevent Healing
The questions "Who gets well? Who doesn't? Why?" prompted the following observations based on my close to 40 years of chiropractic practice.
Electrotherapy Gives Hope for Patients With Spinal Cord Injury
There has been little optimism for recovery from a spinal cord injury because the central nervous system does not repair itself well. The severity of the injury depends on the affected area.
Acupuncture in Hospital Systems: Transitioning From Tolerated to Celebrated
I've had the pleasure of working with Susan Luria, Director of University Hospitals Health Systems Connor Integrative Health Network (CIHN) for the past year on the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) Board of Directors and Federal Policy Committee.
Year in Review: DC's Best of the Best for 2018
As 2018 winds down, let's highlight the most popular articles in Dynamic Chiropractic by month (December – this issue – excluded, of course).
The Top 5 Strategies to Manage Your Reputation Online
You don't need an acupuncture website anymore! Okay, maybe that statement is a little over the top. But it's not that far from the truth. A recent study on Google searches revealed that 34 percent of all searches resulted in no clicks at all.
ACA Champions H.R. 7157; ICA Voices Major Concerns
While the American Chiropractic Association recently penned an open letter – signed by not only the ACA, but also the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Clinical Compass and a number of state associations.
VA Choice Claims Denied? Here's How You Can Get Paid
The VA Choice Program (PC3 as well) indeed pays for chiropractic care including manipulation (CMT 98940-98943) and some physical medicine services.
A Guide to CBD Dosing: The Correlation Between Dose & Potency
There is an abundance of information available about the daily use of whole plant hemp CBD oil to help maintain and support a healthy lifestyle, however there remains a lack of sound guidance on CBD oil dosing.
Reality Check: Do We Need to Try Harder?
While waiting for a flight to a recent chiropractic event, I overheard the ticket agent at the gate next to mine on his cellphone. His side of the conversation went something like this: "Where are you now? How long before you think you can be at the gate? OK, that will work, see you soon."
Malpractice Insurance: Understanding the Cover Letter
Purchasing medical liability insurance is quick, easy and not terribly expensive. The benefits are clearly listed on a certificate—but do you really know what you are getting with that peace of mind?
Exercise Therapy Following Motor Vehicle Trauma (Pt. 2)
In cases of cervical spine trauma, particularly trauma related to a motor vehicle accident, my plan is to teach the patient one exercise per session and build a progression. This is an effective approach I call an "activation circuit."
Acupuncture is a Science-Based Medicine
A longstanding patient of mine came in for a routine treatment after she recently began seeing a chiropractor for neck pain. She saw him a couple of times and wasn't getting the relief she had hoped for, so he recommended she let him do dry needling.
Dietary Supplements That Help Restless Leg Syndrome
It is estimated that 7-10 percent (possibly up to 15 percent) of the U.S. population has restless leg syndrome. It is a bit more common in women than men.
Map It: Understanding the Customer's Journey
One of the biggest marketing mistakes most practice owners or administrators make is not putting themselves in their prospective or current patients' shoes. How do they think and feel about you and your practice? What makes them take action?
The Truth About Malpractice Claims Against DCs (Pt. 1)
Over the past 20 years of active practice, I have seen a number of scary case scenarios regarding signs, symptoms and patient presentations in my office. These presentations scream, This patient is going through an event or This patient does not need chiropractic care, they need emergency care.
VA Chiropractic Reduces Veterans' Use of Opioids?
Utilization of pain medication – particularly opioids – has been massively high in among veterans for decades, but Veterans Administration guidelines that recommend nonpharmacological first-line treatment options create a greater opportunity than ever for VA chiropractors to make a dent in the opioid and overall pain-management crisis.
When Computers Cause UCS: Adjusting Strategy
With the widespread use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the incidence of "text neck" has reached almost epidemic proportions. But there is another challenge to the spinal health and well-being of our technology-driven society.
News in Brief
A Comprehensive Model of Spine Care; Dr. Christine Goertz Appointed Vice Chair of PCORI Board of Governors.
A Simple Miracle: Treatment for Mysterious Foot Pain
Under the old ICD-9 diagnosis codes, there was actually a diagnosis for "adventures in medical mismanagement" to describe patients who had been run down the rabbit hole of poor case management and care. I encountered one of those patients in my office today.
May, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 05
Massage Continues to Contribute
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I like the fact that massage therapists are considered caregivers. I especially like the fact that people enjoy coming to us for care. All caregivers don't get that benefit. Many don't get the same pleasant feelings when they visit their doctor, dentist, chiropractor or acupuncturist.When they visit us, they feel good about feeling better.
That being said, all the time spent in our treatment rooms isn't dreamy and delightful. My practice is fairly clinical, with most clients arriving because they either currently are experiencing discomfort or trying to stay ahead of chronic ailments. For some, just lying down on the table causes discomfort. Luckily, I'm usually able to make them more comfortable as the session progresses and help alleviate the discomfort altogether over time.
One of the very first continuing education classes I took was with a man who gave me a quote I have been using ever since: "Healthy muscles do not hurt when pressed upon!" Over and over, I see a steady stream of clients who experience muscle discomfort during massage. The fact that so many massage therapists are proving they can do something about the discomfort probably is a major reason for much of the growth our profession has seen in the past few decades.
Of all the various types of discomfort prevalent in society, the one I see most often in my practice is low back pain. It's so common that if you use the initials - LBP - most people will know what you mean. I've been to many continuing education classes specifically designed to deal with low back pain, so my track record is pretty good. However, most don't come to me until after they have had unsuccessful visits to their doctor or chiropractor. When I checked the Web for reference material, I found a list of questions a doctor will ask a patient with low back pain. I was pleasantly surprised to find that except for the last question, the list was identical to what I asked my clients.
The questions on the list are as follows:
The doctor's treatment involves using over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort, and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation. My treatment involves various myofascial, neuromuscular and stretching techniques. We each share a goal of restoring proper function and strength to the back, and preventing recurrence of the injury. We both enjoy our share of success.
So, I know that massage therapy is effective for low back pain. I've seen it and I've felt it. My clients know it works. Unfortunately, the world at large does not know, and that is why research proving what we already know is so important. This is one of the reasons I was so very pleased last year to find that both leading U.S. massage therapy professional associations were actively involved in this effort. In September 2006, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) pledged $15,000 to help gain medical recognition of massage therapy as a treatment for low back pain. ABMP made this lead grant to the initiative (one-fourth of the funds needed to advance a review under the auspices of the National Institutes for Health, Office of Medical Applications of Research). Called a "consensus conference," the effort involves testimony and a research review by an independent panel. The last consensus conference addressing back pain was more than a decade ago and led to insurance coverage for spinal manipulation in treating back pain. At the same time, the body of research supporting massage therapy was deemed insufficient to gain similar recognition.
Sufficient research has been conducted since that time to provide the potential for favorable findings for massage and for some of the other complementary and alternative therapies that could be included in the same consensus conference process. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) also chose to support this effort and issued a press release in December 2006 outlining its efforts. While the AMTA did not detail the extent of its support, the Web site of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) (http://ihpc.info) leads me to surmise that the monetary support from the AMTA was at least $5,000.
I'm hoping we can report on the progress of this initiative. If the results are what I would suspect they should be, it will positively affect the practice of each of us - whether or not we do clinical work. If you are a member of either of these professional associations, you might want to send a note to their respective headquarters, thanking them for benefiting your practice!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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