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.
The Benefits of Teaching Touch
Contributed by Kelly Skellinger, BS, LMT, MK Brennan MS, RN, LMBT, Natalie Lorick, LMT
This month the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) took a look at a massage research review titled "The Effect of Massage Therapy on Children's Learning Process: A Review," written by Majid Emtiazy and Mahboobeh Abrishamkar. The article was published in the Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences.1
The authors of this review classified, analyzed, and interpreted the results of previously published research studies with keywords relating to the effect of massage therapy on the elevation of child health and the treatment of various disorders. Keywords relating to the subjects were searched in research sources such as the Cochrane library, Google, Google Scholar, PubMed, and ScienceDirect.
Elevating the Child's Health
Results showed that children who received massage therapy experienced increased blood circulation in the body, increased concentration and IQ, improved immune system, and reduction in stress, pain, anger, and aggressiveness. Results also expressed an allowance of restful sleep, better breathing, and better growth in pupils receiving massage therapy.
The authors state in their review that all of the children's experiences above have the potential to "elevate their learning ability." Emtiazy and Abrishamka proposed to introduce a "classmates massage during break" program to promote the health of school-age children. "Such groups massage therapy, next to its health benefits, would contribute to their peace, tranquility, and teamwork," Emtiazy and Abrishamka state.
Massage in Schools Program (MISP)
The authors mentioned the Massage in Schools Program as a resource for further information. Mia Elmsäter and Sylvie Hétu founded the Massage in Schools Program (MISP) in 2000—an in-school program in which children, age 4-12 years old, administer child-to-child massage therapy in the classroom.
According to MISA-USA, the U.S. website for the Massage in Schools Association (MISA), it is a worldwide organization which is dedicated to supporting instructors of MISP. The MISP mission was founded on the premise of emerging massage therapy research, which viewed massage therapy as a tool for managing health, stress, and well-being, according to MISA-USA.
All children participating in the program are fully clothed and massage techniques focus on the back, head, forehead, arms, and hands only. "Children are required to ask permission before they give the massage and thank the child that received the massage," according to the MISA-USA website's mission. "Each child has the right to say ‘no' to a massage."
MISP programs Around the World
MISP currently has programs in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada/Québec, Canada/British Columbia, Canada/Ontario, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czechia, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.S., Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Prior to MISP, Peaceful Touch was begun in 1996 by the Axelsons Institute in Sweden. From their website information, "It was intended to help spread the effects of human touch within society and especially aimed towards the younger generation to reduce and prevent violence and distress."
All of these resources may prompt some massage therapists to explore introducing massage to school systems or other organizations that involve children. Massage schools and continuing education providers may also be interested in looking at MISP and Peaceful Touch for information about teaching child-to-child massage.
For more information about trends in massage therapy research, please visit the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) website.