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Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How much do research findings on massage affect the way you practice?
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly.
Total Respondents: 255
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I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. As a massage therapist for over 10 years and massage therapy instructor I find it interesting that you use the words "modify my care accordingly". On occasion I have modified but more often research has lead me to expand techniques used in my practice.
I am aware of the research, but don't usually change the way I practice based upon it. Because of theh FACT that no two Massage therapists can work exacatly the same way, it is almost immposible for anyone to produce the same effects as another person. Yes, we can learn a particular modality but when we start to use this method of working, we adapt it too our own style and capibilitiess. I teach positional muscle release and a muscle energy technique based on Thomas Hannas' teachings. The students that learn from these classes are encouraged to adapt what I teach to their own cabilities. My wife and I are basically trained in the same modalities but from experience working with each others clients, we have found that we actually work quite differently.
An example of studies done, My wife has been involved in two different low back pain studies in the past three years. All of the Massage Therapists are doing different modalities but getting basically the same good, solid results. All, or at least most, of the participants seem to be getting "better" meaning experiencing less pain and using less pain medicine to control the pain. What this means to me is that Massage in general is very good for controlling and possibly eliminating low back pain. The biggest difference between what my wife does and what the other therapists do is that my wife insists that the clients do a good share of the work by doing a home care regime along with the therapy in our office.
My conclusion is that while researce is probably necessary for the further growth of our profession, it is still very difficult to be entirely scientific about the studies.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Hi Ross! I am from Odessa too!!! Waw! I am thepapist of massage from 1994 and olready over thee years on Hawaii. I do massage and will try do workshops. I am so proud our Russian massage shcool and our great Russian technigue of massage. So many times patients tell me what they had best massage in them life. I am absolutely agree with YOU! Evryone who work like therapist of massage must looking and looking for research in ART of manual healing! With respect Olena D. Adams (Melnikova) :)
I was not going to "vote with a comment" until I saw over 22% as of today's results do not even consider research to treat and modify care for clients! Excuse me, but this is shameful! "Research" isn't just double-blind placebo studies that don't fare well in massage research (only because no two massage treatments are alike, unlike pharmaceuticals.) "Research" also includes paying heed to the contraindications you should know by heart. "Research" continues to give us enormous credibility with health and mental health colleagues!With what techniques and why are you treating clients? It's difficult for me to believe you 22% don't take a health history and find any precautions which cause you to modify/customize your treatment to the unique health of the client that day based on findings/research. I urge anyone who doesn't think it's important to partipate in a research study, as I have had the privilege to do at the Touch Research Institute in Miami with premature babies, cancer patients and depressed new moms, to name just a few, to see the excitement in the field to be part of modern, holistic health history. Man, am I shocked....
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. In 28 years of practice the main lesson I get from the research is that touch energy is a form of "nutrition," a basic need - not a luxury, essential to growth and balance of body mind and spirit. Touch is as vital to our emotional well being as is water to our body and is sleep for our mind.
Each individual research study may be narrow in focus and need replication before acting on the outcome, but as the aggregate body of knowledge relevant to our field grows, I am moved to be open to a broader array of modalities and techniques, and to consider each client's uniqueness in fitting the options to their needs, and to provide safe, professional nurture.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. our world is changing everyday and if someone has researched something that I have not got around to yet, I consider that a blessing.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Research on any subject is always desirable.The
best way to find out if a particular finding is imp to
your practice is to incorporate & amalgamate the
findings on a case to case basis & see the
results.Based on these practical results,we can
decide what is really benrficial to our practice &
what is not.I have had the good fortune of trying
out & combining various methods & therapies
over the years & my practice has evolved &
become much more result oriented & richer in
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. I find one must be careful to consider the source of the research, and try to find some corroborating info before making the decision to alter your work. You may hear one thing today, then someone will say the opposite!
The reason why massage therapists in the U.K. have a bad reputation is because of the fact that the majority of students are happy and think that, what they have learned on there ten week course qualifies them to be experts.Then they go into practise not knowing the pit falls and sail along until the day they injure a client,this is where research and experience come in .KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Research is a significant part of the way I practice.
It is my belief that those that don't use research, as one of the tools, they use to make decisions bout there patients care are giving second grade care.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Getting thro all junk to find good research is hard.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Change is not only good, but essential for the development of massage therapy as a progressive alternative health care field. Massage is not just a "feel good" treatment for the wealthy, but an on-going health benefit for informed consumers!
Janet Clarke, BA, LMT, NCMTB
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Research gives our profession credibility and validity both to the medical community and the nation at large. I embrace those who are striving to do empirical studies and applaud those who are working hard to promote the professionalism of massage.
I consider research findings and modify my care accordingly. Hello Peoples,
I love to read about the profession that I love working with. I also need to get information and I've had a hard time finding that information within any organization that I'm currently with. I want reliable, informative, SUBSTANTUATED (sp?) information. I do use what I read about that affects my clients and I adjust my practice accordingly.
T. Roman, LMT