Trending: CBD / Hemp Oil
A recent survey of DCs regarding cannabidiol (CBD) / hemp oil provides food for thought as to the viability of CBD-based products as a component of chiropractic patient care. Here are some observations from the executive summary of the survey:
Confessions of a Former Drug Rep: Statins Are Endangering Your Overweight Patients
As I sit at my desk on the sixth anniversary of my successful liver transplant, I can't help but reflect on what caused that life-threatening ordeal. Looking back on my personal situation, I want to offer my insight into what is happening routinely to many patients.
NCCAOM: A Route to National Certification
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is offering a route to achieve national certification—without having to take any of the NCCAOM exams. This is specifically for California licensed acupuncturists that meet the eligibility requirements.
A Resting of the Soul
In my pursuit of being a skilled health care provider, I focus on reading journals, attending classes, staying current on medicinal research, and choosing the correct billing codes. However, most of us would never have started down this career path if there wasn't something more.
Autoimmunity, Gut Health and Diet: Connect the Dots
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), autoimmune disease is recognized in approximately 24 million individuals in the U.S., consisting of more than 80 various disorders that contribute to the top 10 causes of death in female children and women of all age groups.
Facebook Marketing 101
Many of the health care practitioners we work with have smaller practices. The provider tends to wear many hats – office manager, salesperson and healer.
The Secondary Insurance Plan
I have a patient that has Medicare, but also has a secondary insurance plan that does cover acupuncture. How do I bill Medicare to get a denial so that I may bill this secondary payer?
News in Brief
WFC Among Founding Members of Global Rehab Alliance; HealthSource Selects GoChiroTV as Exclusive Digital Signage Partner; Western States' Online Degree Programs Among Best in the Nation; Logan University, University of Missouri-St. Louis Forge Partnership.
Vaccines & Autism (Part 1)
It turns out chronic inflammation is the driver of autism expression. Unfortunately, those who emotionally embrace the vaccine issue rarely, if ever, consider this relationship, which hinders a rational view of the vaccine issue.
Art of the Associateship: It's OK to Trust, But Verify
Trust is a valuable part of any business relationship. It serves as the foundation for all business operations and ultimately long-term success for owners, employees and customers. This is especially true in the world of health care.
#TechPain: Causes, Solutions
For the past several decades, the science of ergonomics has blossomed. The workplace is much safer and life is generally more pleasant thanks to the application of ergonomic principles.
The Certified Practitioner
Certified Chinese herb practitioners often identify themselves with the credentials "LAc" (Licensed acupuncturist).
Why the Automatic Denials for Modifiers 25 and 59?
Your experience is one shared by many chiropractic providers who bill through those plans. It appears to be the national trend, but by far is more prominent in Texas and Illinois.
A Bold Strategy to Take Chiropractic to New Heights
Building public awareness of an entire profession requires strategic planning – especially when it pertains to the exploration of ground-breaking marketing tactics that target new audiences with key messaging about the value of chiropractic care.
Reducing Hip, Knee & Shoulder Replacements (Part 2)
In the first article in this series, "Early Detection Reduces Hip, Knee, & Shoulder Replacements," I described time tested screening procedures and perspectives as indicators of when to encourage your patients to seek further medical evaluation.
UnitedHealthcare Can't Seem to Keep Chiropractic Down
AA decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven.
The Classical Texts & Integrative Medicine
The acupuncture profession has been undergoing many changes in the past years. There has been a shift towards a more integrative approach to medicine as more hospitals include integrative departments.
The Hidden Hip in LBP: Critical Screening Tests
In 1998, Harvey used this test on 117 elite athletes and found excellent interrater reliability to differentially assess iliopsoas, quadriceps or TFL/ITB tightness.
Blockchain Health Records?
Keeping data secure has become a nightmare for the average consumer. Just consider general user account hacks on Yahoo (3 billion records compromised), eBay (145 million records compromised) and Facebook (87 million records compromised), to health record breaches involving Anthem Blue Cross (78 million records compromised) and TRICARE (almost 5 million records compromised).
It's All About That Ki
As an industry are we shifting too much toward a Western mind set? We strive to understand how acupuncture works using imaging and extensive studies. We spend numerous hours of our training learning Western medicine and learning to speak their language. What happened to our core though?
Does Dairy Cause Dampness?
The topic of dairy consumption was brought up at a scalp acupuncture seminar I recently attended.
Treating Pain With Nutrition
Back in 1910, when D.D. Palmer published The Chiropractor's Adjuster and introduced the world to what he called the "triad of health" – thoughts, trauma and toxins – he explained that the body can only be made optimally healthy if all three aspects of health are addressed.
Why Take X-Rays When You Already Have an MRI?
Let's clear up the issue regarding the efficacy of plain-film studies when an MRI study has already been performed. I review imaging studies primarily for chiropractors, and often their patients have been to other health care providers before finding their way to a DC.
Help Shape the New Neck Pain Best Practices Guideline
The Clinical Compass (originally the Council on Guidelines and Practice Parameters – CCGPP) has issued a call for interested chiropractic clinicians to help shape a new best practices guideline for chiropractic care of neck pain.
Doc, Are You a Social Media Holdout? Your Future Is Now
Whether you like it or not, to compete in any business, even chiropractic, you really should know and consider using social media. It is no longer a small, sleepy, local world we live in; it has become a far-reaching community.
Valuable Adjunctive Therapies
Based on the latest CDC statistics, more than 795,000 Americans have strokes per year, 140,000 of which are lethal. Approximately 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic with an estimated health care and missed work cost of $34 billion annually.1
CBD for Athletes: The Advantages of Cannibidiol
For athletes, pain is often part of their sport or activity. And to a certain extent, it is to be expected. However, after pushing themselves to the limit, soreness and fatigue set in, hampering their ability to perform and recover.
End of Life Treatment
TCM looks death in the face. We do not camouflage it as if it were poisonous. "We must allow our patients to die but we cannot allow them to perish," was my first lesson the day I met my teacher as a teenager.
November, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 11
Supporting Research and Education
By Massage Therapy Foundation Contributor
Contributed By April Neufeld, BS, LMP, Beth Barberree, BA, RMT, MK Brennan MS, RN, LMBT
This month, The Massage Therapy Foundation's research column looks at a different kind of article published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB); an editorial from IJTMB's Practice Editor, Niki Munk, PhD, LMT, entitled, "Case Reports: A Meaningful Way for Massage Practice to Inform Research and Education." Unlike the research articles frequently reviewed in this column, an editorial is not independent research but an open letter to the IJTMB readers.
In this editorial, Dr. Munk argues for the fundamental importance of case reports to support research and education. Unlike the gold standard of research, the randomized controlled trials, case reports offer a glimpse of what the massage therapy practice looks like in the actual treatment rooms. Research is increasingly focused on real world (effectiveness) approaches, "research that is practice-informed becomes even more important if practitioners of the field wish for the research being conducted to be relevant and translatable to everyday massage practice."
Researchers rely on the detailed descriptions of massage therapy techniques outlined in other research studies to inform the treatment protocols for future research. The lack of consistent international standards for massage education makes research a challenge, but a well written, peer-reviewed case report informs the researcher of the techniques utilized by and the focus of massage therapists in private practice. This, in turn, can influence the focus and methods of a research study. When you choose to write your case report, it is important to include details on the techniques used, patient characteristics, condition of complaint, provider and patient expectations and outcomes. Additionally, a description of the massage therapist's credentials is essential given the inconsistencies in education and regulation.
Case reports can be a stepping-stone to get involved with research and can contribute significantly to the increasing database of massage therapy evidence. Additionally, case reports are building blocks for more detailed research studies and, "provide a venue for information to be shared across all practitioners, educators and researchers."
According to the author, many massage therapists may be reluctant to write case reports because of a misconception that case reports describing ineffective treatments or unsuccessful outcomes are not of any professional or research value. In fact, case reports that report ineffective outcomes are equally important as the successful and effective treatments. These types of reports provide a well-rounded evidence base for other practitioners, researchers and educators.
Now, you may think to yourself that you do not have a scientific writing background and may feel you do not have the academic training to write a proper, scientifically relevant case report. But LMTs should keep in mind that there are many resources to support aspiring authors. The Massage Therapy Foundation is a great resource for new writers. Additionally, many medical professionals (Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Naturopaths) or people affiliated with a university could be interested in being a co-author for your case report. "Publications in peer-reviewed journals are important for academic career advancement (for them), and having a second author" provides support and gives credit to the first author. These kinds of writing partnerships can also lead to further mentorship and may be an opportunity for career advancement. Partnering with someone who has more education and/or training may be ideal to polish a case report that struggles with scientific background and writing. Additionally, remember that while writing alone can be isolating, writing with a partner can be highly rewarding. Having work get edited and reviewed hones writing skills and can build confidence. And, it isn’t just case reports that are of interest to the IJTMB. The journal is also open to case series, practice evaluations, letters to the editor, original theoretical practice devised discussions and other practice-related contributions.
To learn more about the effects of massage therapy, you can review the Massage Therapy Foundation article archives, read accepted MTF Research Grant abstracts, or search PubMed for massage therapy studies.
With your continued support, the MTF is able to fund scientific research, promote research literacy and provide the gift of massage to people who need it the most.
To read the IJTMB editorial in-full, visit www.ijtmb.org/index.php/ijtmb/article/view/230/265. To donate to the Massage Therapy Foundation, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.
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