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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Poll Results for the following Question:
How did you celebrate Massage Therapy (MT) Awareness Week?
Offered free/discounted treatments
Total Respondents: 166
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors to this Web site.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week I missed this-when is massage therapy week because I would like to do something with it.
Other So sorry, did not know!
Was it in Massage Today?.
Something I, missed.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week Im aware that there is Massage Therapy Awareness Week, but the dates were not clearly defined.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week I guess I didnt notice this event this year, sorry
I did not celebrate MT awareness week Even though I am a therapist was not aware that it was Massage Therapy Awareness Week...as I am sure most Americans also did not know. Where would I have seen this if I was not apart of the Massage Today info group? Therefore, where would the majority of people found out about it? We, therapists, are really poor in telling about what we do! This wonderful way of treating problems will remain in the dark until we, all therapists, open our mouths and make it happen.
Don M. Williams RMT, MI
I work another job during the day - I am a paralegal at a law firm. I volunteered my lunch hour everyday that week and gave 10-12 min. chair massages to anyone in the office that wanted one (we have 50 people in our office). Their payment for the massage was 2 non-perishable items which we subsequently donated to Safe Harbor - an organization for abused women and children.
I e-mailed ABMP (in a similar way as this) and they actually mentioned me in "Different Strokes". :)
Rita LeBlanc, CMT
Other Our Staff of Massage Therapist held a meeting. We concurred that we have been undercharging for our services and have decided to raise our rates by 15%. Several of our staff are former PT's, OT's and nurses. We agreed that inclusion in the medical market establishment, HMO's, PPO's and insurance industry given our personal experience, would negatively affect our future earning potential.
Other I ate Turkey.
Raised my rates and an ale mate!
Offered free/discounted treatments Both the offices I work at offered discounted services. The office manager at the smaller office had everything planned in advance and had been advertising in their newsletter. The second (larger) office would not have done anything if one of the therapists had not mentioned the upcoming event. The office manager at the larger office was embarrassed and noted it and several other events on the 2005 calendar so they wouldn't be caught off-guard again.
Offered free/discounted treatments The association that I founded Health and Fitness ICU worked with a local massage therapy school and provided over 300 free massages for the Northwest Detroit comminity.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week I did not know that it was MT awareness week. :(
I did not celebrate MT awareness week totally forgot about it! :-
Other Unfortunately, being new to massage (currently in school at CSMT in Chicago), I didn't know the week's importance. After reading a number of articles at MT.com over the last week or so has, I am so glad I finally listened to my inner voice and decided to go into massage. There's so much we can give with so little effort. So, although I missed out on this year, I won't miss out next year or the year after or...