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Total Woman Gym + Spa Opens New Flagship Facility: As massage therapist Jessica Goldman ran across the U.S., ... Read » As massage therapist Jessica Goldman ran across the U.S., ... Read » http://www.belltownchiro.com/Massage-Therapy/total-woman-gym-spa-opens-new-flagship-facility.html
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The Doctor Will See you NowOn Your Computer, Smart Phone, or Tablet: Members of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin now have a fast, more convenient way to see a doctor for non-emergency needs when their own doctor is not readily available. Members can now use their smart phone, tablet, or computer to have a live video visit with a US-based, board-certified doctor of their choice to discuss non-emergency health issues from home, work, or wherever they happen to be with internet access. Doctors using LiveHealth Online can provide a diagnosis, treatment, and even a prescription if needed. This new online care service, LiveHealth Online, launched in 2013 first to national employers. It has now been expanded to the majority of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s health plan customers, including health exchange members. Doctors are available 24 hours, 365 days a year, including holidays. For eligible members, a LiveHealth Online visit costs the same or less than a primary care office visit. “LiveHealth Online is one of several ways we are trying to make healthcare easier and more convenient for our members. It offers a secure means of reaching board-certified, US-based doctors anytime, anywhere, especially when consumers find it inconvenient to leave work or home and go to a doctor’s office,” said Larry Schreiber, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. “Our members have told us that LiveHealth Online has saved them between two and three hours of time from traditional office visits, giving them more time for work, friends, family, or whatever things that they like best. Whether you’re a college student, young professional, a family, or an empty nester who likes to travel, we can all appreciate products that make our lives easier.” Consumers who do not have Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a health plan can also use LiveHealth Online, simply by signing up and paying for the visit with a credit card. Doctors using LiveHealth Online typically charge $49 per medical visit. Online care for non-emergency medical conditions is more convenient and affordable than a doctor’s visit or a visit to an urgent care clinic. Members can initiate video visits from their home or workplace at any time through a computer, smart phone, or tablet. Patients use online care typically to communicate face-to-face with a doctor about colds, aches, sore throats, allergies, infections, rashes, and routine prescription refills. Doctors do not prescribe for controlled substances or lifestyle drugs. A summary of each visit is created, and at the patient’s request, can be forwarded to their primary care doctor—supporting continuity of care and collaboration among providers. “LiveHealth Online represents a true shift in healthcare delivery by using technology to make healthcare easier and more consumer friendly,” said John Jesser, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield vice president of provider engagement strategy. “At this critical juncture in our nation’s healthcare transformation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is taking a lead in improving access to care and bringing a better healthcare experience to its members.” Telehealth is a widely accepted mode of health communication, especially in rural areas where many people have to drive hours to visit a doctor. A November 2012 study from the University of Pittsburgh published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that e-visits—using e-mail and electronic patient health records only—had similar outcomes to in-person visits for treating sinus and urinary tract infections. LiveHealth Online can also lessen the burden on primary care doctors who are increasingly feeling the pressure from the growing doctor shortage. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. LiveHealth Online can help reduce wait time when trying to get in to a see a doctor. Getting care early on can help reduce the severity and duration of many typical illnesses such as the flu and infections. Source: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin, anthem.com, livehealthonline.com http://www.belltownchiro.com/Belltown-Spine-Wellness-Blog/the-doctor-will-see-you-nowon-your-computer-smart-phone-or-tablet.html
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Treat and Manage Gum Disease to Save on Healthcare Costs: The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) recently published a study from United Concordia Dental that shows reduced hospitalizations and healthcare costs are possible when individuals with certain chronic conditions, or those who are pregnant, receive and maintain treatment for gum disease. "The results are in: Oral wellness can help employers and their employees save money," said James Bramson, DDS, chief dental officer. "We're excited that our findings have been published online by the AJPM and are scheduled for print publication in August. This means the validity of our study is being supported by the scientific community and that's good news for everyone." United Concordia joined with Highmark Inc and renowned researcher Marjorie Jeffcoat, DMD, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Dental Medicine, in analyzing five years of data to better understand the connection between oral health and overall wellness. Using claims information from Highmark and United Concordia, the study looked at 338,891 individuals from 2005 to 2009 who had both Highmark medical insurance and United Concordia dental coverage, as well as gum disease, and one or more of following conditions: type 2 diabetes, cerebral vascular disease, coronary artery disease, and/or pregnancy. The study found that treating gum disease was associated with statistically significant decreases in annual medical costs of 40.2 percent, or $2,840 per year, in patients with diabetes; 40.9 percent, or $5,681, for those with cerebral vascular disease; 10.7 percent, or $1,090, for those with coronary artery disease; and 73.7 percent, or $2,433, for those who became pregnant. Additionally, hospital admissions decreased by 39.4 percent, 21.2 percent, and 28.6 percent in patients with type 2 diabetes, cerebral vascular (stroke), and coronary artery (heart) disease, respectively. "I'm pleased that the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has decided to publish the study I've conducted with United Concordia Dental and Highmark Inc," said Dr. Jeffcoat. "This study shows reduced hospitalizations and healthcare costs are possible when individuals with gum disease and at least one chronic condition, or who are pregnant, receive treatment for their gum disease. Having the study peer-reviewed speaks to the importance of the findings and the credibility of our work." To learn more about the study, read the published article, or United Concordia's white paper. Source: United Concordia Dental http://www.belltownchiro.com/Belltown-Spine-Wellness-Blog/treat-and-manage-gum-disease-to-save-on-healthcare-costs.html
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The Powerful Practice of Mindfulness: To complement the article “Be Well: What Do You Need?” in the August 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Making a regular practice of observing periods of mindful silence can help massage therapists reduce stress and improve mental clarity and focus.   The fast pace, stress and pressure of daily life, not to mention your daily work, can result in constant mental chatter within your mind. A regular practice of mindful silence can help you slow down and re-center yourself so you can maintain a positive, energetic presence and be the best massage therapist you can be. In the following excerpt from the book Your Redefining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, author Dennis Merritt Jones explores the power of silence and offers a practical exercise to incorporate into your self-care routine. Are you comfortable with silence? I mean long, sustained periods of deep silence without any audible sound whatsoever. Do you value and seek silence in your life, or do you tend to avoid it? Before you read on, sit quietly and ponder what silence means to you. Take a deep breath and consider how it feels to intentionally sit and think about silence in this moment. Do you ever stop what you are doing and listen to what’s going on around you as well as within you? Right now, is there silence in your immediate environment or noise swirling around you? Is that noise outside you, inside your head, or both? The reason I pose these questions is because it is in the sustained moments of silence that a vacuum is created in which a redefining moment may be actualized. Oftentimes, it can be well after a redefining moment happens when, either by intention or chance, you enter a window of silence and reflection and actually experience the impact of that moment.  The power of silence Silence plays such an important role in our lives, yet we seldom intentionally pause and anchor ourselves long enough to listen and appreciate the power and potential for authentic connection silence brings. In my mentoring practice, working with individuals who desire a career in public speaking, I point out the effectiveness of taking an intentional pause every so often, just to allow the listener to catch up and absorb what is being said. Some professional speakers refer to that purposeful pause as “dropping the rock.” After saying something you would like to have sink in, take a deep breath and, as you release the breath, visualize yourself dropping a rock into a deep pond of water, watching it slowly sink to the bottom while at the same time observing the ripples of silence emanating out toward your audience before continuing with what you are saying. The ripple effect of intentional silence can be far-reaching when you communicate with others. Among other things, it helps create a stronger sense of connectedness or intimacy between speaker and audience—even if your audience is just one person. The same can be said for when we mentally talk to ourselves. The ripple effect of silence can be profound if we are willing to pause, enter the silence, and listen to the quiet. If you are like me, there are times when your mind is on a roll and doesn’t want to pause and take a break. If you can be conscious enough to observe your thinking mind zipping along at a breakneck pace, you can choose to stop the mental chatter by intentionally hitting the pause button, taking a deep breath, and mentally dropping the rock. The deeper the rock sinks, the more calm, serene and silent the moment at hand will be. As any scuba diver knows, the deeper you go, the more still the water becomes. The same is true for the practice of descending into the depths of inner silence, taking the vertical plunge to the center of our being. The question is, how much silence can you bear? Just consider how many redefining moments you may have missed in the past because you made no provisions to pause and intentionally enter the silence of this inner reflecting pool where the authentic self awaits you in perfect stillness. How deep are you willing to go below surface living to reconnect with who you truly are? Breathe mindfully While silence opens you to experiencing the absence of noise, stillness is a state of mind you bring into your daily life. Mindful breathing is a practice that helps you bring stillness into your day; it is the invisible conduit through which silence makes itself available to you 24/7. As you become more skillful in the practice of mindful breathing, you will become far more available to the present moment where your defining and redefining moments await you. I invite you to try this four-step Mindfulness Practice and experience the power of silence and reflection: 1. Imagine your conscious thinking mind (where the incessant mental chatter is in full expression) as the surface of a very turbulent ocean. Witness the conversation in which your mind is engaged. Don’t judge it, and don’t converse with it—just observe it. By simply acknowledging it from a nonparticipation perspective, you deplete much of its energy. 2. Picture yourself holding a beautiful rock, knowing the rock symbolizes your intention to enter silence. Just breathe and be with that intention for a moment. 3. Take a deep, cleansing breath and drop the rock into the water; notice it slowly sinking down, down, down … and out of sight. Then continue breathing consciously and slowly, and notice the sense of calm that arises from the depths of the intentional pause you have taken. 4. With your breath comes calm, and with calm comes stillness, and with stillness comes the silence within and the opportunity to reflect. It is in the stillness of this silence and reflection that you fully merge with the sacred presence of your true self; it’s also where you’ll find the elusive peace you so often miss in the noisy busyness of daily life. --- Dennis Merrit Jones (Photo by Diane Jones) Dennis Merritt Jones (www.dennismerrittjones.com) is an inspirational speaker, personal spiritual mentor, Huffington Post columnist, and author of several books in addition to Your Redefining Moments, including The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It and The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life. “The Powerful Practice of Mindfulness” is excerpted from Your Redefining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be by Dennis Merritt Jones. Copyright © 2014 by Dennis Merritt Jones. Published by Jeremy P. Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin, a division of Penguin Group USA, a Penguin Random House Company. http://www.belltownchiro.com/Massage-Therapy/the-powerful-practice-of-mindfulness.html
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Massage with Eccentric Resistance Improves Hamstring Flexibility: Deep stripping massage strokes combined with eccentric resistance resulted the improvement of hamstring flexibility among a group of people with tight hamstrings, according to recent research. The study, “Effect of deep stripping massage alone or with eccentric resistance on hamstring length and strength,” involved 64 people with tight hamstrings on one or both sides and no history of knee, thigh, hip or lower back problems during the previous year. For the study, tight hamstrings were defined by passive terminal knee extension equal to or less than 75 degrees. Both hamstring flexibility and strength were evaluated before and after the intervention session, and these were the two primary outcomes in this study. For the intervention, deep stripping massage strokes were combined with eccentric resistance and applied to the tighter hamstring of each subject. If both hamstrings were equally tight, then the deep stripping massage strokes and eccentric resistance were applied to the subject’s dominant leg. During the intervention, subjects were prone on a massage table with a green resistance band attached to their ankle. The other end of the band was secured beneath the massage table with no slack. This provided eccentric resistance through the full range of motion. “The participant was then passively moved into knee flexion beyond 90 degrees, so that they experienced zero concentric restriction,” state the study’s authors. “After releasing the ankle, the participant was instructed to engage their hamstring muscles countering the resistance of the resistance band so that it took a full 10-second count for the leg to be fully extended.” As each subject’s leg was lowered under resistance, a massage therapist applied deep longitudinal stripping massage strokes up the hamstring muscles from the insertion points to the ischial tuberosity. The pressure used by the massage therapists was at a seven out of 10 on a verbal pressure scale. The strokes were applied first to the lateral aspect of the hamstrings, then the center and medial aspect, for a total of fifteen deep stripping massage strokes. Immediately following the deep stripping massage combined with eccentric resistance, deep stripping massage strokes alone were applied to each subject’s other hamstring. This time, the participant remained passive, and no eccentric contractions were performed. Results of the research revealed that hamstring flexibility improved by 10.7 percent when the deep stripping massage strokes were applied in combination with the eccentric resistance. When the massage strokes were applied alone, the improvement in hamstring  flexibility was 6.3 percent. When comparing the two interventions, the deep stripping massage strokes combined with eccentric resistance produced significantly greater results. No significant changes in hamstring strength resulted from either intervention. Authors: Jeffrey Forman, Lisbeth Geersten and Michael Rogers. Sources: De Anza College Massage Therapy Program, Cupertino, California, and Wichita State University, Department of Human Performance Studies, Wichita, Kansas. Originally published in January 2014 in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 18(1), 139-144. http://www.belltownchiro.com/Massage-Therapy/massage-with-eccentric-resistance-improves-hamstring-flexibility.html
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Safety of Skincare Packaging and Expiration Dates Can Seriously Impact Sensitive Skin: Skincare product packaging is supposed to provide consumers with important user information, protect the ingredients, and be easy to use. This is really important for all skin care product users, but especially important for people with sensitive skin. "For people suffering from sensitive skin, protecting the ingredients is critical," according to Andrew Scoular, developer of Sensitive Skin Clinic skincare products. All natural/organic (aka plant-based) ingredients will oxidize when exposed to air, bacteria can be introduced to the product by human contact, and heat and sunlight will help break down any natural or organic ingredient. "If you are leaving the product on your skin, you want to be sure they are as 'fresh' as possible, the action ingredients are not diminished, and there is little chance for irritation--bad product ingredients are definitely going to irritate the skin," Scoular adds. The best ways to protect product ingredients is by way of an opaque container with an airless pump. That means that light won't affect the ingredients, and no air gets into the container after you have taken some product out. This is critical for products that you leave on the skin (like moisturizers and serums). Although ideal for all products, it is not as critical for wash-off products such as cleansers and exfoliators. Scoular objects to the industry's cutting corners on packaging over the needs of the customers. "Airless pump containers are more expensive for manufacturers to use–so are less likely to be available for the cheaper drug store products–but for sensitive skin people, these airless pump containers are essential." The worst type of containers are wide-mouthed jars and see-through glass or plastic containers. The ingredients in such containers will be affected by light and air. Sure, the company can counter these impacts by adding more preservative ingredients to protect the others from the light and air, but do you really want more ingredients in your product? Especially when such preservatives generally have a greater potential to be irritants on the skin. Also, old or expired products smell differently from when purchased, and may also have changed color. Vitamin C and Vitamin A will definitely change color when they oxidize; do not use a product that has change color or smell. The user information provides the directions for using the product, any warnings, company contact information, and list of ingredients. Ideally, all this information should be on the container because most people throw out the cardboard box. Many companies don't provide a full ingredient list on their website, so when you dispose of the box and information sheet you have no source of reference should something go wrong. Finally, the more preservatives the more potential for the product to irritate the skin. There should be no parabens, very few or zero essential oils, zero alcohol (denatured/isopropyl/ethanol/yellow corn alcohol etc). For more information on preservatives see the video at the SkinCareTV channel. SOURCE Sensitive Skin Clinic http://www.belltownchiro.com/Belltown-Spine-Wellness-Blog/safety-of-skincare-packaging-and-expiration-dates-can-seriously-impact-sensitive-skin.html
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Early Registration Savings for Largest Integrative Health Professional Conference and Wellness Expo in San Diego Ends July 31: San Diego, Calif. — ONE Concept is hosting the largest Health and Wellness Conference in San Diego at the Town and Country Resort September 26 -28. The early discount makes this one of the most affordable ways health practitioners are able to attend and learn multiple integrative healthcare treatments. The early discount ends July 31. With over 70 hours of continuing education and over 40 hours of hands on experience, this year is sure to surpass previous successes. Some of the top educators include Anita Shannon, Dr. Dennis Buckley, Tina Allen and James Waslaski. The ONE Concept Group has hosted this outreach program for both integrative healthcare professionals and the general public since 2011. “ONE Concept is dedicated to providing forums for massage therapists, chiropractors, spa professionals, fitness experts and holistic health practitioners to come together, to share and to connect,” said Scott Dartnall, president and CEO of ONE Concept Inc. “This collaborative conference not only gives these professionals an enhanced understanding and appreciation for what each other does, but it also broadens their peer-to-peer network, which is an essential piece of business development.” The San Diego conference offers healthcare professionals: * Access to some of the most affordable continuing education credits * Access to world-renowned educators and industry leaders * Exposure to supportive and aligned integrative healthcare professionals * Hands-on experience with new and time-tested products and services ONE Concept offers a unique combination of top continuing education and legendary social events, bringing together world-class practitioners and the general public. This is a unique opportunity for anyone to have access to top educators and experts in the holistic community for the most reasonable pricing, and practitioners can save even more by registering before July 31. “The conference goal is to provide a better understanding of all disciplines and show that united we can be the leading voice in healthcare,” said Monica Pasinato-Forchielle, chief visionary officer of ONE Concept. Healthcare professionals can register at the early discounted price before July 31 at www.oneconcept.com/san-diego-conference About ONE Concept The ONE Concept group is dedicated to providing a forum for all healthcare professionals, including massage therapists, chiropractors, spa professionals, fitness experts, holistic health practitioners and all who wish to share in their knowledge so that we may have a better understanding of each other. Its goal is to educate each other and  the public on the benefits of integrative healthcare. The ONE Concept may be contacted at 491 Concession Street Hamiliton, ON L9A 1C1 Canada. The phone number is 877-387-9111 ext 111, the general office email address info@onconcept.com and the website is www.oneconcept.com. http://www.belltownchiro.com/Massage-Therapy/early-registration-savings-for-largest-integrative-health-professional-conference-and-wellness-expo-in-san-diego-ends-july-31.html
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FSMTB Invites Public Comment on Proposed Model Practice Act: Overland Park, Kan.—The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is seeking comments from interested parties on its proposed Model Practice Act (MPA). The public comment period will be open for 15 days, beginning August 1, 2014, and concluding on August 15, 2014. The FSMTB Model Practice Act was developed over a period of three years by an FSMTB Task Force comprised of representatives from regulatory boards and agencies. An initial opportunity for public comment was successfully concluded in June, 2014. The intent of the MPA is to provide a comprehensive resource to FSMTB member boards and to assist regulators with statutory language based upon the collective wisdom of the massage regulatory community. The FSMTB is seeking constructive feedback in order to consider numerous perspectives before finalizing the document. To facilitate public comment, the FSMTB is providing instructions and an online form for submission of comments on its website at www.fsmtb.org. The Federation’s mission is to support its member boards in their work to ensure the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and effective manner. Contact: Joshua Scott, J.D., M.A. Government Relations Specialist, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards jscott@fsmtb.org / 913-681-0380 http://www.belltownchiro.com/Massage-Therapy/fsmtb-invites-public-comment-on-proposed-model-practice-act.html
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Growth in Concierge Medicine Leads to More Choices, and Some Challenges, for Physicians: Concierge medicine--a practice that focuses more on custom treatment options, increased patient-doctor time, and a closer patient-doctor relationship--is quickly expanding in the United States, attracting more physicians and patients, along with a growing number of competing practice transition companies. Although it is difficult to gather accurate statistics, data obtained from the American Academy of Private Physicians in 2012 estimated that more than 1.5 million Americans and more than 4,500 internists and family medicine practitioners were participating in some model of concierge or personalized care medicine. The recent lawsuit filed against MDVIP (the largest concierge medicine membership program) by rival SignatureMD alleges unfair anti-competitive practices. This litigation illuminates just how significant this growing trend has become in the healthcare marketplace. "We believe all physicians should have options when choosing a consulting company to assist them. This is a critical decision, one that can transform not just their medical practices, but their lives," explains Roberta Greenspan, president of Specialdocs Consultants, a national consulting firm assisting physicians in their transition to concierge medicine. Specialdocs advises physicians to consider the following important questions as they evaluate the expanding list of choices in concierge consulting firms: >>Autonomous vs. corporate? Do you want to maintain an entrepreneurial practice that reflects your brand to your patients in the community you serve, or are you comfortable being part of a corporate brand that includes multiple physician practices? Determine upfront whether your practice can fit into a template business model; if not, you may want to consider a firm that offers a more personalized practice design approach. >>Am I comfortable with the terms and restrictions in my concierge contract? It's very important to understand the contract terms, length, fees, and restrictions, as they vary greatly among concierge medicine practice consulting firms. Some physicians prefer the security of a long-term (but more restrictive) contract, while others prefer a less restrictive agreement (like that of Specialdocs, which offers the option to re-sign after an initial shorter term consulting engagement, or the freedom to leave with no exit restrictions). >>Short term support or ongoing partnership? Should you choose a concierge medicine consulting firm that provides a brief "how to" for initial enrollment, or will you thrive with a more strategic advisory partnership that ensures patient retention and practice growth? The patient renewal rate for Specialdocs' physician practices is 94 to 97 percent. >>Does the concierge consulting firm's experience, reputation, and personality put me in a comfort zone? Simply put, examine several options, have ongoing dialogue, meet in person, and look deeply into each concierge firm's long-term reputation. Get feedback from physicians both in and out of contract with their consulting firm. Ensure they were truly pleased with their decision and experience. Source: Specialdocs, specialdocs.com http://www.belltownchiro.com/Belltown-Spine-Wellness-Blog/growth-in-concierge-medicine-leads-to-more-choices-and-some-challenges-for-physicians.html
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Research Literacy Resources: To complement the article “Research Literacy: Help Shape the Future of Massage” in the August 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Resources are presented that will enable massage therapists to increase their level of research literacy, a critical skill that helps them stay current on the latest in massage research so they can better serve clients. Today, the vast majority of massage school curricula are missing a key component that has the power to shape the future of this profession: research literacy. Research literacy—the ability to find, read, evaluate and apply relevant research—is a critical skill most massage therapists in the U.S. need to develop in order to keep pace with the very latest happening in this field. Continuing education classes on research literacy are in demand, largely thanks to the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork research requirements for renewal of board certification. This is great, and I am hopeful that thousands of currently practicing massage therapists will be introduced to a field that will greatly enrich their lives. Here are a few of my favorite research resources: Massage Therapy Foundation, www.massagetherapyfoundation.org. Click on the education tab for research literacy resources. Basics of Research Literacy is an online, self-paced, eight-hour National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork-approved class, offered as a fundraiser for the Massage Therapy Foundation. (Thanks to Education and Training Solutions for making this possible.) A free, five-part webinar on writing case reports is also available. This is a series of one-hour pieces, each dedicated to a key part of creating a good case report. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork is the world’s only open-source, peer-reviewed research journal dedicated to massage therapy. Subscribe to this free journal, and have quarterly issues delivered to your inbox. Research Perch: This is a 20-minute podcast featuring Niki Munk, Ph.D., L.M.T., who is editor at the IJTMB; me; and our friend Michael Reynolds as the moderator. Every two weeks we take an article from the IJTMB and dissect it, talking about its strengths, weaknesses and how it might be applied in the session room. Subscribe to Research Perch on iTunes or Stitcher, and have it delivered to your mobile device. Blogs: The Massage Therapy Foundation publishes a blog every week. Sometimes they’re on practice building or good marketing ideas, but they always refer back to how research can inform our profession and make us better therapists. Recent blog posts have addressed research ethical concerns, how a new massage therapist used research in her first year of practice, and an MTF grant award winner discussing her National Institutes of Health grant on body awareness and health. Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice, edited by Trish Dryden and Christopher Moyer, published by Human Kinetics. This is a great collection of friendly introductions to research concepts, and chapters dedicated to research findings for a variety of situations (such as cancer, working with elders, and fibromyalgia), with great suggestions for how those findings can be applied to your practice. Making Sense of Research, 2nd edition, the seminal textbook on this topic, by Martha Menard, published by Curties-Overzet. This is an essential resource for anyone interested in learning more about the nuts and bolts of research.  --- Ruth Werner is immediate past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation (www.massagetherapyfoundation.org). She is a retired massage therapist, writer and educator with a passionate interest in massage research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. The fifth edition of her textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, was released in 2012. http://www.belltownchiro.com/Massage-Therapy/research-literacy-resources.html
This organization advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service.
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August Is Tree Check Month: A Devastating Pest Could Change the Way You View the Great Outdoors: It is potentially a nightmare environmental and economic scenario. A devastating invasive pest with no known natural predators threatens recreational areas, forests, and suburban and urban shade trees. The recreation, timber, nursery, and maple syrup industries alone could suffer severe losses. Once a tree is infested, it must be removed. The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has led to the loss of more than 130,000 trees in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Illinois since it was first discovered in the United States in 1996, after having arrived here probably inside wood-packing material from Asia. "It truly has the potential to be a landscape-altering pest," says Robyn Rose, of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). "The beetle is not limited to attacking just one certain geographic region in this country. It attacks a wide variety of hardwoods, which makes it a threat to every state." USDA is urging the public to look for signs of the ALB in August, a peak time for emergence of the beetle. Early detection is crucial to limiting the spread of the invasive pest. In Worcester County, Massachusetts, an infestation went undetected for at least 10 years, and after five years of eradication efforts and counting, the infestation has resulted in the loss of over 34,000 trees. The Asian longhorned beetle bores through the tissues that carry water and nutrients throughout the tree, which causes the tree to starve, weaken, and eventually die. ALB larvae burrow deep into the heartwood of trees, and cannot be reached by insecticide treatments. "During August, we're asking folks to give us 10 minutes," says the USDA's Robyn Rose. "Take a close look at the trees in your backyard or favorite hiking or camping destination. The beetle is somewhat menacing-looking, but it is harmless to humans and pets. It can be seen on trees, branches, walls, outdoor furniture, cars, and sidewalks and caught in pool filters." Signs of damage from the ALB include: * Dime-sized (one-fourth inch or larger), perfectly round exit holes in the tree * Oval depressions on the bark where the eggs are laid * Sawdust-like material, called frass, on the ground and the branches * Sap seeping from wounds in the tree "If you think you've spotted the ALB or signs of its damage, make use of your mobile device and take a picture," Rose notes. "Visit asianlonghornedbeetle.com for more information or to report your findings." The ALB can be unknowingly spread by the movement of infested firewood. USDA officials recommend that you buy and burn firewood at your destination and purchase it locally. USDA and its state and local partners successfully eradicated the Asian longhorned beetle from Illinois in 2008, from New Jersey in 2013, from the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island in 2013 as well as the town of Islip in 2011, and this year from an area within the city of Boston. SOURCE USDA APHIS http://www.belltownchiro.com/Belltown-Spine-Wellness-Blog/august-is-tree-check-month-a-devastating-pest-could-change-the-way-you-view-the-great-outdoors.html
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Lunchbox Report Card: Parents and Kids Say It's Time to Build a Better Lunchbox: In the second Rock the Lunchbox Survey of more than 2,000 kids and parents, 72 percent of kids say it's "cool" to have healthy food in their lunchboxes. The survey also showed that snack swapping is common - 64 percent of kids say they regularly trade items from their lunch with friends. To help parents find "better for you" ideas that kids are excited to eat, five leading natural and organic brands have created Rock the Lunchbox – an online library with nearly 300 lunchbox ideas and tips from parents and bloggers. The survey, conducted by Annie's, Applegate, HONEST Kids, Organic Valley and Rudi's Organic Bakery also found that: * "Homemade Gets High Fives": 61 percent of kids prefer bringing lunch from home versus buying lunch at school * * "It's a Labor of Love": 51 percent of kids say it's important that their parent makes them lunch to bring to school * * "Snack Swapping Popular": 64 percent of kids trade items from their lunch with friends. And, snacks are the most coveted item in kids' packed lunches; 54 percent say they trade their snack for a different snack. * * "What's New?": 53 percent of kids say the items in their lunch are the same every day * * "Daily Dilemmas": 51 percent of parents say they struggle with variety and coming up with new ideas to make lunch healthy and delicious * * "Parents Prefer to Pack": 83 percent of parents say that it's important to prepare their children's lunch for school; 95 percent say it's important to provide healthy options in their children's lunches "As a mom of two, I know parents want kids to eat a healthy and delicious lunch, but coming up with new and appealing ideas is a continuous struggle," says Amelia Winslow, a nutritionist, food expert, and blogger. "Rock the Lunchbox offers so many creative inspirations and resources for packing a better lunch that parents will feel good about and kids will actually eat." Rock the Lunchbox is in its second year of helping parents give kids what they want at lunchtime - more balanced, delicious options and variety. The website offers ideas for kids of all ages and dietary preferences, including: * >>Gluten free, nut free and vegetarian choices * >>Informative, short video clips by parents that explain how to keep menus creative, packing time short, and involve the kids * >>Ideas for staying connected to children during the day via notes and lunchbox messages * >>Tips for packing a healthy lunch for picky eaters or kids with allergies * >>Time-saving tips to turn simple into healthy and delicious >>For more information, please visit www.rockthelunchbox.com, and follow the conversation on Twitter with #rockthelunchbox. SOURCE Annie's http://www.belltownchiro.com/Belltown-Spine-Wellness-Blog/lunchbox-report-card-parents-and-kids-say-its-time-to-build-a-better-lunchbox.html
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2609 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98121
2609 5th AvenueUSWashingtonSeattle98121
(206) 441-7984belltownchiro.com
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Monday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00 – 7:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00 – 7:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00 – 7:00 pmThursday 3:00 – 7:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 1:00 pmSaturday ClosedSunday Closed
Seattle Chiropractor Belltown Spine & Wellness offers chiropractic, spinal rehabilitation, massage, acupuncture and naturopathic care from experienced professionals. Dr. Scott Mindel has been treating back and neck pain for over 20 years. We are one of the top chiropractic clinics in Seattle for corrective chiropractors, treating auto accident victims, worker injuries, and sports injuries of the spine & nervous system.
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"Chiropractic care has been a blessing."
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"Even when my care plan is done I plan continuing for my overall health."
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"They put together a holistic regimen for me and I feel like a brand new human!"
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Lis Brose
3 months ago
I have been seeing Dr. Nolan for almost 4 years. He successfully helped correct an ongoing problem in my neck, and then 2 years later, successfully corrected a debilitating lower back condition. I would say he helped me feel like I was 25 again, but I'm not even 30 yet, so I'll say that he helped me feel like I was in grade school again. The whole office is great, and I look forward to every visit I have!
Starla Vela
3 months ago
Jordan and team are fantastic! They have helped me achieve my goals and have been there to support and give me what I need to succeed. If you are thinking about joining, don't wait another day.
Laurel La France
a month ago
Had a frozen shoulder and it was treated kindly and quickly for pain relief and movement. Thank you so much Dr. Scott
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Frances Tee
5 months ago
I always feel reset after a visit. Everyone is helpful and friendly and caring and the treatments are thorough.
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Marcia Larson
7 months ago
I originally started seeing Dr Scott about 13 months ago because of a bad ear problem that other doctors could not figure out what the problem was. My ears were hurting all the time and were completely plugged with stuffed sinuses and headaches lasting all day. There was also a loud ringing in both ears that was progressively getting louder. At times, my balance was off with an occasional dizziness feeling. Before seeking out chiropractic care, I saw two general practitioner doctors and two ENT doctors which included one visit to the after-hours clinic, hearing tests and head scans. They gave me many different medications, but could find nothing wrong. Chiropractic care has been a blessing. It’s been over a year since my ears started hurting. My ears no longer hurt. I can breathe normally. The headaches and dizziness are gone. Most importantly, the ringing is almost gone. (And to think the other doctors said I was going to experience ringing for the rest of my life. Not true.) I feel so much better. I can function again and have hiked 16 different hikes (in the mountains) in the last 2-1/2 months), do yoga 1-2 times a week, strength train 5-6 times a week and am doing various types of cardio 5 times a week. There are no more days where I hide in the house in total darkness anymore. Everyone at the office has been wonderful and very helpful. I did not know what to expect in the beginning or if chiropractic care could help. It was reassuring that they took x-rays first so they could see exactly what was going on. They performed some evaluations and created a care plan that would best meet my body’s needs. It was well worth putting in the time and effort. The results I have gotten have been such a huge success and blessing. I am so thankful for everyone in the office and Dr SCott and Dr JB. I never knew chiropractic care would help anything but my back. This has been such a great experience. Chiropractic care with Dr Scott has helped me with headaches, ear aches, sinus problems, a toe that I broke and healed 2 years ago and overall fatigue. Even when my care plan is done I plan continuing for my overall health.
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
We are so happy you've experienced such amazing improvements Marcia! Keep up the great work and thank you for the great feedback!
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Mikail Nickerson
10 months ago
I started treatment at belltown spine in wellness after I had a whiplash injury from a fender bender. Dr Scott put me on a chiropractic treatment plan and extended my range of motion back to normal. I feel so much better, thank you guys. Belltown Spine & Welness is really Seattle,s best chiropractor.
Response from the owner - 7 months ago
Thank you for your feedback Mikail! I'm so glad we were able to help your body heal after your accident!
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lara hruska
7 months ago
Dr. Scott is extremely talented. The staff is kind and knowledgeable. I was very pleased with my experience and would recommend their office to anyone seeking better back health.
Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Thanks for the wonderful feedback Lara!
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Christy Lieber
10 months ago
As a skeptic and a bit of a disagreeable person by nature, I was very surprised at how much I appreciate the folks at Belltown Spine and Wellness. The team is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The office is well designed, and as a patient, I always feel they are working in my best interest.
Response from the owner - 7 months ago
Thanks for the wonderful feedback Christy!