Alternative Health News
The Dry Needling Discussion Continues
Dear Acupuncture Today Editor, I have followed with interest the discussion of dry needling in the March 2019 issue, beginning with Dr. Steven Collins'; article "We Are Fighting the Wrong Battle," followed by several Letters to the Editor.
Helping Your Clients Turn Back the Clock With Nutrition
The anti-aging market is booming because, well, who doesn't want to look young, healthy and vibrant for as long as possible? And while there are many anti-aging products and systems marketed to the public, few people realize the most effective way to slow down the visible passage of time is to give the body the nutrients it needs to be truly healthy.
Gender—East & West Perspectives
Have you filled out that form yet? It's popping up everywhere. The one that gives you three options in defining your gender: male/female/unspecified.
A Postoperative Story: The Surgery Explained & Secrets to My Recovery
If working with a joint replacement patient, be sure you know the rehabilitation protocols of the particular appliance. If you don't, with permission, consult with the surgeon to learn them. Otherwise, stay away.
What It's Like to Be a Hospital-Based Massage Therapist
It was the early 1990s the first time I ever saw a massage therapist in a health care setting in my home state of Minnesota. I was working at a nursing home at the time, and I learned of a resident who would receive weekly massages (which I thought was great).
The Most Common Modifier for Acupuncture Claims
I am having problems getting claims paid and it appears to always be related to needing to use a modifier. I am not sure which modifiers I should be using, is there any way you can provide a common list?
Nightshades in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Pro or Con?
In some cases, a Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (TCHM) may contain a nightshade or a component derived from a nightshade.
How the Human Body Responds to Stress
This new series of articles will suggest a different perspective for you to view clients presenting with stubbornly chronic somatic dysfunctions. It will also propose a novel answer to the question, "How does the human body respond to stress?"
The Benefits of Teaching Touch
This month the 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.
Restoring What is Natural: Treating Mood Disorders With the Luo Vessels
What is happiness? How does it affect our health? What is depression? Or the lack of happiness? The Ling Shu examines these questions and the philosophy related to them in-depth, suggesting they are important to the practice of acupuncture.
How Can Dry Needling Compete With TCM?
The topic of dry needling is one of the most controversial topics in the field of contemporary Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
The Art of Prepping for Clinic ... When Dealing With Clinical Characters
An acupuncture colleague just quoted HIPAA regulations to get "Mr. Joe Six-Pack" out of the treatment room so she could work with his wife after he demanded "needle those points to make my wife lose weight and increase her libido."
CranioSacral Therapy & The Rare Case of Vertigo
I had heard of folks getting dizzy and nauseous when experiencing vertigo, but I had never heard of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) until my husband Joe was diagnosed with it.
Multiarticulate Muscles & Injury: Understanding the Mechanical Load
Muscles have a primary role in creating and limiting movement in the body. They are also the major focus of our work in massage therapy, with many injuries caused by improper loads on the muscular system.
Chemistry & Pain: Understanding the Perfect Storm
I'm sure we have all been there, a patient tells us, "I don't understand why I am in pain ... doc, can you tell me what the cause is?" Of course, we want to help our patients and we also want to provide them with an amazing answer, but is there only one cause?
Learn to Speak the Language of Personal Injury
For many providers, personal-injury cases and working within the med-legal arena can often be a confusing and frustrating endeavor. After all, for the majority, personal injury is a niche.
Acupuncture, Brainwaves & the Fountain of Youth
Acupuncture and mindfulness works, it helps us to relax, let go of stress and actually takes the body into a regenerative brainwave state, which has an incredible anti-aging effect throughout the entire body, from improved clarity of mind, to preserving telomeres and visible improvements in the skin and appearance.
Trust the Trends, Or Trust Your Instincts?
Being a massage therapist is all about balance. There's the balance between your customers' needs and wants, the balance between what's good for clients and what's good for business, and the balance between overseeing current business and forecasting for the future.
Do You Have These Same Blue Shield Billing Issues?
I am a licensed acupuncturist and chiropractor. I am a Blue Shield provider. For the last two years Blue Shield has done everything possible to deny my claims for acupuncture and at times for chiropractic because of my dual license.
Acupuncture in Taiwan Vs. the U.S.
Although I was born in Taiwan, my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 3-and-a-half years old. Growing up in a family that hardly took medications, my earliest memories of Chinese medicine was drinking herbal soups as a tonic or being given loquat herbal syrup when experiencing coughs as a kid.
The Role of TCM When Treating Psychological Disorders
It is hard to imagine anyone anymore who goes through life without trauma. The complications of life in the 21st century mean that there will be events that mar us emotionally.
A Medicine Without Borders: Treating Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Border
His foot kept tapping the ground. I could sense he was nervous. When he glanced around the circle and saw others sink into their chairs, he opened himself up to receive treatment.
Alligator Skin (Part 2): A Second Look at Business Contracts
I joined as the only female partner in an integrated medicine practice, shared with three other disciplines. Having developed a few scales (the first stages of alligator skin) and some good business sense, I started out with a one-year contract.
A Structural Challenge: Successfully Treating a Morton's Neuroma
Runners, triathletes, dancers, hikers, cyclists, almost all athletes, and even couch potatoes have shown up in my office looking for alternatives to surgery for neuromas. A Morton's neuroma occurs when the tissue in the foot (next to a nerve that leads to a toe) thickens and becomes fibrous.
Mineral Nutrition for Athletic Performance & Recovery
Research on sports, exercise, and mineral nutrition has been ongoing for decades. It is widely held that strenuous exercise can increase the need for minerals.
A Powerful Combination: Acupuncture & LED Therapy
A growing list of scientific studies are concluding that low-level light or LED therapy shows great promise in the treatment of an expanding list of health issues; from pain relief and pain management to tissue and nerve regeneration to cosmetic solutions that don't require surgery to achieve results.
How to Predict Knee Injuries (and Prevent Them)
In any given year, nearly one in 25 athletes will tear their anterior cruciate ligament. More commonly, one in 10 recreational athletes develop patellofemoral pain annually, and once diagnosed, more than 90 percent will continue to suffer with chronic knee pain years later.
Informing Your Patients to Empower Them: Communication Strategies for Integrative Medicine
As an ever-increasing number of Americans turn towards the integrative medical model, it falls upon us as practitioners of Traditional Chinese/East Asian Medicine to enable our patients to communicate successfully and confidently with their other health care providers about our medicine and how it can complement and enhance patient outcomes.