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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Importance of the Scapulohumeral Rhythm
The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. What is often overlooked in shoulder mechanics is that motion in the shoulder is not purely at the glenohumeral joint.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 10
First Educational Congress a Success
Leaders chart a path for the future of massage therapy education.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Massage therapy education has proven to be a challenging landscape. Declining enrollments, school closures, federal aid money issues, varying hour requirements and differences in curriculum have fueled debates over the last several years.The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) recently joined forces to host the first Educational Congress, July 23-25 in Minneapolis to discuss solutions to the many challenges facing the massage therapy education today.
The Congress provided an environment where the more than 200 school owners, educators, staff and massage therapy businesses could discuss and address solutions to the issues facing massage education. The AFMTE has long been committed to overhauling massage education and launched the National Teacher Education Standards Project several years ago to propose core competencies for massage educators. These core competencies include leaner development and well-being, the differences and integrative approaches, different leaning environments, content knowledge, application of content, instruction planning, strategies and delivery, observation and assessment, professional development and ethical conduct and collaboration.
Among the many discussions was the impact of franchises on the profession and the recent U.S. Department of Education regulations that eventually led to some for-profit massage schools closing their doors (see "Investigations Force Corinthian to See, Close Campuses," Massage Today, Aug. 2014 and "For-Profit Chain Schools Find Themselves Under the Gun," Massage Today, Nov. 2014). And the professions leading organizations were all a part of the discussion. Several organizations provided updates about the current state of their projects including the AFMTE, COMTA, the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and the Society for Oncology Massage.
The AFMTE, BioFreeze and Bon Vital awarded CE Provider Ariana Vincent and Teacher Juliebeth Mezzy the 2015 Educator of the Year Awards. Educational Congress speakers included David Lauterstein who addressed "The Destiny of Massage Therapy," Sandy Fritz who shared "Teach Yourself to be a Teacher," Linda Derick who discussed "Redesigning Curriculum: Touch Education for Our Changing World," Susan Salvo and the "21st Century Classroom and Virginia Cowen who shared "Secondary Data Analysis: An Untapped Resource for Massage Research." Other educational sessions included Reinventing the Lecture by Ann Williams; Research and Evidence Informed Practice: Bringing the Big Picture into the Classroom and Clinic by Whitney Lowe, Martha Menard and Jerrilyn Cambron; Writing Great Exam Questions by Mary O'Reilly; Mobile Solutions to Everyday Needs by Jeffrey S. Harmon; Education Research in Massage: How Can We Move it Forward by Martha Menard; The Science and Soul of Teaching by David Lauterstein; Student Outcomes: A Conversation for Establishing Best Practices by Dr. Tony Mirando and Creating Exciting Social Media Content by Stephanie Beck.
The next Educational Congress will be held in Tucson, Arizona in July 2017. To view several videos about the various Congress sessions, click here. For information about the AFMTE and the advantages of being a member, visit www.afmte.org.
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