Lead Patients to the Fountain (and Foundation) of Youth
We're all seeking the fountain of youth and marketers are capitalizing on it. (Global demand for anti-aging products, treatments and services was valued at 140.3 billion in 2015, according to Zion Market Research.)
Possession: Blocks to Healing
Before we can approach treatment of a patient's primary elemental imbalance (AKA "Causative Factor" or "CF"), a number of specific energetic blocks must be considered and, if present, removed in order for treatment to be effective. I cannot emphasize this enough.
Working for Someone Else: Know the Rules of the Game
Many of us decide to become acupuncturists because we are healers at heart and want to focus on treating patients, not because we want to own and operate a business. So we work for someone else, which can have great advantages, especially as a new graduate.
Multichannel Access: Software for a Better Customer Experience
It is no secret that today's consumer has high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular with acupuncture practitioners is they allows customers to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
Travel-to-Treat Coverage Finally Becoming a Reality?
Long-awaited legislation poised to hit the president's desk extends liability insurance coverage from one state to another for DCs and other state-licensed health care professionals who care for athletes / athletic teams that cross state lines.
"Don't Crack My Neck": What Do You Do Next?
It's Monday morning and your first new patient of the day, a 35-year-old female, presents with chronic headaches and neck pain. The patient was referred by her primary care provider for evaluation and management without the use of cervical manipulation.
X-Ray: To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question
For the past year, I have been asked by many practicing chiropractors, college presidents, faculty and others what my opinion is on the "Choosing Wisely" guidelines the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently adopted for its members.
Vaccine Injury? The Autism Debate (Part 2)
As suggested in my first article on this topic [August 2018],1 my impression is that the vaccine authoritarians and radicals have not helped to mold a proper social / political environment for addressing the issue of vaccine injury.
The Benefits of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless in your practice are profound. If you haven't done it yet, here's why you should.
The international standardization conference was held this year in Shanghai, China (June) - this was the ninth plenary session. Meetings for technical committees, or working groups also took place at the conference.
It's Time to Reward Yourself
An interesting study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) confirms what we all learned when we were children – and serves as food for thought as to how you can improve your practice and your personal life.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
Food for Thought: An Examination of Diet & Digestion
Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison. — Charaka Samhita
The Science Behind the Efficacy of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow constantly, from topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries.
An Update From the Acupuncture Now Foundation
Since launching the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF), our volunteer leadership has continued to work to achieve our vision of "Creating a World Where the Benefits of Acupuncture are Known and Available to All.
More Access to Chiropractic Instead of Opioids: H.R. 5722
With the opioid epidemic both an ongoing public health crisis and a hot topic extending well beyond the health care industry, Congress continues stepping up to the plate.
Bringing Acupuncture to Ohio
The jolt of seeing a woman conscious and talking during surgery left a lasting impression in 1971 when acupuncture was on the national news.
The Origin of Blood
The Roman doctor, Galen, (2nd century AD) did pivotal work to prove that blood, which he thought was produced by the liver, and the cardio vascular system existed. He conceived that the arteries and veins were two separate networks.
Support Patients With Multi-Channel Customer Service
It's no secret that today's consumers have high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular is that they allow patients to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
Easy, Inexpensive Tools for a Successful Practice (I Promise)
Successful practitioners are the ones who know how to run a business, first and foremost. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006. After having worked in chiropractor's offices for nine years, I opened my own office in 2015: four treatment rooms, a back office and a waiting room.
Chiropractic Management of Patellofemoral Arthralgia
Patient reports with pain in the front part of her right knee, especially during and after her weekly Zumba class. She states there has been no injury of which she is aware. No outward sign of injury is observed.
Your First Impression Always Deserves a Second Chance
Doctor, have you ever had a patient you just couldn't "warm up to"? You know, the kind of patient who "irks" you, who has a hidden agenda to get something you haven't anticipated, perhaps causing you to want to hide in a closet when they come in for treatment.
That's a Wrap: Compression Bands for Contemporary DCs
Over the past decade, compression bands have been increasingly utilized in trainer and manual therapy offices. I was first introduced to the compression band by Kelley Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, and have since been using it as a teaching tool.
Time-Saving Tips for Your Practice & Life
Of all the finite resources we possess, perhaps the most valuable one is time. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything that must be done, and all too often we sacrifice things in our personal life to meet the demands of our practice.
A Historic First for Chiropractic Assistants
The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will begin issuing licenses as early as Nov. 1, 2018 to chiropractic assistants who have undergone a 500-hour training course and passed a competency exam.
UHC Up to Its Old Tricks With Latest Headache Policy
A decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven and ineligible for reimbursement.
Depression & The Secondary Vessels
As an acupuncturist I see many people suffering from depression. I often think depression is the major imbalance of our culture. I have a patient I've been working with for several years. Her major challenge is chronic stubborn depression.
Neck Pain: Activation Exercises
In observing patients and studying rehab, I have learned that tight muscles are weak muscles and that stretching is sometimes less effective than muscular activation. There is a delicate balance between joints that move too little and joints that are hypermobile.
November, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 11
First Educational Congress Announces Diverse Program
By Nancy Dail, AFMTE Conference Planning Chair
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation continue to release information related to the First Educational Congress in July 2015 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota Campus.
Applications for proposals for presentations have been reviewed, contracts have been confirmed and a draft schedule is in the works. "We are thrilled that so many of our industry's stakeholder organizations have agreed to participate in this exciting event. The presentations are diverse, timely and worthy for all participants. The schedule, course descriptions and bios of the presenters will be up on the website soon." said Nancy Dail, Chair of the AFMTE Conference Planning Committee.
Here is a glimpse of the program: James Oschman, PhD, will lead us in a keynote presentation "Working Together for a Bright Future for our Professions" and will set a tone of harmony and light for the entire conference. Jim Oschman is the award-winning author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis and Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance. He lectures internationally on the science behind a variety of emerging medical techniques, especially bodywork, energetic and movement therapies. Jim has degrees in biophysics and biology from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in major research labs around the world. "Creating, inspiring, and manifesting a future we all long for, is a topic worthy of big discussion." In this presentation James will suggest a model for such endeavors based on the wisdom within us.
Besides the initial keynote, David Lauterstein will serenade us in the Destiny of Massage Therapy to view ways our collaboration can create a healthier more robust profession and contribute to a more just, vibrant and peaceful world.
In past conferences, the Alliance has had breakout sessions for teachers, schools and CE providers. This Educational Congress has a slate of presenters that will speak to all our members, as well as the industry stakeholders that have decided to attend and participate. Teachers will have a variety of courses to choose from including "Teach Yourself to be a Teacher" with Sandy Fritz to "The Science and Soul of Teaching" with David Lauterstein.
Sandy Fritz, author, school owner, renowned instructor and licensed massage therapist will explore in an interactive style, foundational information and resources to teach ourselves to be more competent teachers. "I think the Educational Congress is going to be a landmark event that I will write about in textbooks for years to come. I would not miss this historical event."
David Lauterstein, author, school owner, international speaker and instructor will engage in practical, exciting skill building exercises and group work for teaching and learning with one's whole self – using both sides of your brain.
Linda Derick, Director of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy will appeal to teachers, schools and CE providers alike with "Redesigning Curriculum: Touch Education for our Changing World." Participants will join Linda to explore ways that massage therapy education can, through collaboration, attain a further reach into our communities and consider strategies to implement into curriculum that support students to become successful touch educators.
Susan Salvo, author, educator and licensed massage therapist will present, "The 21st Century Classroom" which will explore our learning environments based on research and determine the most effective learning methods based on current best practices.
Anne Williams, Director of Education for ABMP will present, "Reinventing the Lecture" to reinvent teacher lectures to support better learning outcomes.
In "Education Research in Massage: How Can We Move it Forward?" Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT and Martha Menard, PhD, LMT, will explore real world possibilities for educational research collaboration. The bulk of the session will be spent on brainstorming ideas for how to create an education research infrastructure and discussing ideas for feasibly conducting education research at our institutions, both individually and in collaboration.
Deb Hill from ACCHAC will lead a panel to discuss, "Research and Evidence Informed Practice: Bringing the big picture into the classroom and clinic." Here a discussion will look at how engaging in the research dialogue can facilitate communication in environments focused on interdisciplinary health care and how we can inlay this education into an already tight curriculum.
Virginia Cowen, Phd, LMT, Director of Education at the Rutgers University Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, will present "Secondary Data Analysis: An Untapped Resource for Massage Research." This session will review how massage records can be utilized in secondary data analysis to contribute to massage therapy research. Ethical and statistical issues will be explored from a solutions-oriented perspective.
The Executive Director of the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc. (NACCAS), Tony Mirando, will lead a discussion in "Student Outcomes: A Conversation for Establishing Best Practices." This session for institutional administrators and faculty serves as an interactive examination of the critical factors which most dramatically impact the graduation, placement and licensure outcomes rates of your students, including a pre-enrollment plan of action for each student which will provide a roadmap to graduation; networking within your community; teaching students results-oriented employment skills; and methods to effectively track licensure data following your state's exams.
COMTA will have a full day of presentations on Wed, July 22nd before the conference to include an "Open Forum" in the morning and a discussion on "How to Survive and Thrive During an Accreditation Visit." COMTA will also lead a discussion on "Technology Show and Tell," about what technology is being used in the classroom in a two hour session later in the conference.
Mary O'Reilly from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, developers of the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) will review the do's and don'ts of creating challenging but fair questions from concept to completion in "Writing Great Exam Questions."
Jeffrey S. Harmon, Director of e-Learning for Ocean County College and public member of COMTA will present, "There's An App For That: Mobile Solutions To Everyday Needs." This breakout session will focus on the best-of-breed apps in education, business, productivity and lifestyle that may just provide you with that one app you've always been searching for.
Stephanie Beck, author of Social Trigger Points, will be presenting "Creating Exciting Content for Social Media." This is a workshop structured class, with 45 min outlining how to create the posts for each of the social media platforms and then small groups will be given a topic to create a Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ update. Prizes will be awarded to the team who crafts the best post.
In addition to the above presentations, there will be brainstorming sessions on "Collaborating Toward Increasing Enrollment for the Career of Massage Therapy and Cultivating New Teachers," as well as a panel for "How to Get Published." All of the stakeholder organizations will take part in a panel during the conference. There will be ample time in the schedule to visit vendors, socialize and network before the start of each day, during breaks and at the scheduled lunches. Dinners out will provide additional network opportunities. This is going to be an event not to miss! Complete information about the conference may be found on the AFMTE website, www.afmte.org.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.