The Opioid Crisis Hits Home: An Acupuncturist's Inside Perspective of Addiction Treatment
My husband and I have four grown children, but we still sleep with a phone next to our night stand just in case they need us. But nothing could have prepared us for a 1 a.m.
Power of the Talk: A Simple Way to Attract New Patients
One of the most effective ways to bring patients in predictably, especially if you enjoy teaching, is by doing talks. Talks can also bring in another stream of income beyond just seeing more patients one on one.
Who's the "Father of Corrective Traction" in Chiropractic?
History teaches that a Presbyterian minister, Samuel Weed, coined the name for the profession of chiropractic from the Greek cheir for "hand" and praktos for "done."
How to Reduce Metabolic Endotoxemia
Approximately 50 percent of the Western population suffers from a condition known as metabolic endotoxemia (ME). The condition is characterized by increased serum endotoxin concentration during the first five hours of the post-prandial period.
The Medicine of Peace in a Land of Conflict
We often read about violence, despair, and political stalemate between Israelis and Palestinians. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and pessimistic. And yet there are Israelis and Palestinians working together to transform conflict into cooperation.
Weight Watchers Goes Wellness
Goodbye Weight Watchers, hello "WW." The company has changed its name to reflect its new WW brand not only on its website, but also on every aspect of its public expression, including every studio.
ACA, ICA at Odds Over H.R. 7157
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.
Winter Joint Health: Looking at Seasonal Influences
One of the most common clinical issues I see during the winter season is joint / muscle pain. These issues often appear due to the activities of winter sports or may appear due to seasonal influences on old chronic injuries.
An East & West Perspective on Sleep
You, your patients, and people all over the world are sleeping less. In 1979 a team led by American psychiatrist Daniel Kripke did a large-scale study of over a million people, which indicated that most people slept between 7-8 hours.
Dehydration ... A Commonly Overlooked Etiology
Water covers 71 percent of the earth's surface. It's found in every living organism and is considered the "universal solvent," yet we take it for granted as the foundation for optimal health.
Historic Farm Bill Provisions Legalize Hemp ... and CBD?
Until recently, hemp was classified as a Schedule 1 drug per the federal Controlled Substances Act, putting it in the same class as marijuana (and heroin, by the way).
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and the Science of EMFs
Movement of planet Earth's molten iron core generates a weak static geomagnetic field that varies in strength over millennia but currently ranges from 0.25 to 0.65 gauss. This is the native field in which all life has evolved.
3 Tips to Get New Patients After a Talk
One of the most effective ways to bring in new patients predictably, especially when an acupuncturist enjoys teaching, is by doing talks. It can also bring in another stream of income, beyond just seeing more patients one-on-one.
Differentiating Qi Under the Needle (Part 2)
While classic sages have said a lot on this topic, I will share my own experience with the sensations under the needle with you. You, in turn, will also need to gain your own understanding of them through daily clinical observation, thinking, and practice.
Neuroscience 101: Understanding Opioid Addiction and How Chiropractic Can Help
Opioids now account for nearly two-thirds of all overdose-related deaths in the U.S. This insidious bane is no respecter of gender, age, race or ethnicity, with nearly all categories experiencing increases.
Case Study: Forefoot Pain
Patient presents with a history of forefoot pain. Discomfort has become worse in the past six months. He has difficulty completing his four-hour shifts as a part-time hairdresser.
Pain in the Butt (Pt. 1)
Many of my patients (and probably many of yours) come in with pain and/or tenderness in the buttock region. First, I assess where the painful and/or tender spots are located and what these points represent.
Flying Into the Year of the Pig: Making Way for the Impossible
The first of the new year has passed, and some of our New Year's resolutions may have already come and gone. Fortunately, we will celebrate the Chinese New Year this month, and will welcome in the Year of the Pig.
Quickie Seminar Adjustments Have No Place in Chiropractic
Recently, I observed chiropractors treating each other in the vendor area at the annual meeting of a chiropractic association. "Quickie" chiropractic adjustments and other hands-on procedures were administered without appropriate history taking, physical examination, diagnosis or informed consent.
The Role of TCM When Treating Mental Illnesses
Mental illness is common in the U.S., nearly 20 percent of adults live with a mental illness which vary in degree of severity—ranging from mild to moderate, to severe. It is not exaggerated to say that mental illness is an epidemic.
Simple Screening Tests for Stroke and Other Brain Lesions
The drift test, arm rolling and finger rolling are three useful assessments in the identification of upper motor neuron dysfunction.
Top Social Media Do's & Don'ts for Chiropractors
For years, health care practitioners have avoided embarking on the social media highway, primarily due to patient HIPAA privacy issues and the time needed to give the process due diligence.
Outcomes for Any Occasion
Outcome assessment tools (OATs) are a necessary part of documentation and patient care. They are used to show patient progress and help practitioners show changes as a result of their treatment interventions.
Quick Sacroiliac Assessment: Treating Different Types of Pain
The lower back is a generator for a number of types of pain. The lower back involves several different articulations – the lumbar spine with vertebral bodies, discs, and facets – the sacroiliac joints – and the lumbosacral junction.
Know Your Clinical Flags: 5 Different Colors to Consider
In health care, the term red flag is used to describe signs and symptoms that can indicate the presence of serious health conditions. These conditions generally carry an increased likelihood for serious complications, disability or even death.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
AMTA Convention: Largest Attendance Ever
By Editorial Staff
The 2009 American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) national convention held September 23-26 in Orlando welcomed more than 1,800 attendees and nearly 100 vendors, making it the largest annual AMTA convention ever.
The event included educational courses, generous donations to massage research, exciting giveaways, awards, and plenty of opportunities to meet and connect with others in the industry.
Awards & Recognition
Keynote Speaker Tony Burroughs kicked off the Opening Session and Awards Presentation on Thursday, September 24.
The opening ceremony's national awards presentation included recognizing those in the industry for their outstanding service. Among the award recipients were: Sally Hacking who received the AMTA President's Award for her long-standing assistance in AMTA governmental relations; Carey Elizabeth Smith who received the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award; and Jeffrey Myers who received the Humanitarian Award. Also recognized were the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge (MTBOK) Task Force and Stewards, who recently released the body of knowledge draft for public review.
Attendees were able to choose from various educational courses taught by highly regarded instructors in the field. Popular classes included: "Pathology, Phamacology and Massage: An Introduction to Key Concepts" by Ruth Werner; "Evaluation and Treatment of Nerve Injuries" by Whitney Lowe; "Teaching Business Ethics Can Be Fun!" by Cherie Sohnen-Moe; "Unwinding, The Core of Cranio-Sacral Work" by Ursula Popp; "Just Say NO! to the Thumb & Awkward Postures" by Barbara Frye; and "Soft-Tissue Techniques for Piriformis Syndrome" by Robert McAtee.
The exhibitor's marketplace was bustling with attendees testing samples of new products, learning information on tools and techniques and meeting representatives from major massage industry organizations.
One of the most popular attractions within the marketplace was Massage Warehouse's philanthropic project, the Sanctuary. With the help of corporate event partners, the Sanctuary offered 10-minute treatments (for a donation of $10) of basic reflexology, stone massage, exfoliation, hot/cold contrast protocols, herbal ball treatment or facial rejuvenating techniques. At the event, the Sanctuary raised a remarkable $5,608 for massage therapy research with every donation going to the Massage Therapy Foundation.
"I am so encouraged by the continued success of Sanctuary, and even more excited about the movement it has created to support research," said Angie Patrick, Sanctuary founder. "I see more and more products, events, and fundraisers benefitting research now more than ever before. It makes me so proud to hope Sanctuary may have helped in some way to inspire this shift. We will continue to present Sanctuary, and look for more ways to give back to the massage industry as a whole."
The Massage Today raffle drawings were held on Thursday and Friday with two chances to win $500 as well as product giveaways from generous sponsors including: Massage Warehouse, Bon Vital, Oakworks and the World Massage Conference. Lucky winners received the cash giveaways, massage chairs, a table, products, and one free pass to the World Massage Conference, a web-based massage conference held on Nov. 12-17, 2009 with presentations from more than 70 of the top massage experts in the world. (See front page article for details on the World Massage Conference.)
For information on the 2010 AMTA national convention held in Minneapolis, Minn. on September 22-25, go to www.amtamassage.org.
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