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An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
Beginnings and Visions
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
Beginnings are both challenges and opportunities, whether the beginning of a new massage practice or a new column about massage. Beginnings prompt us to review where we have been and to extend ourselves in new directions.As this column begins, I invite you to participate in the journey with me and, by your feedback, to influence its course.
What I bring to this column is my personal Ramblemuse soup of background and perspectives. During the past eight years, I have been teaching sports and deep tissue massage, and further exploring nuances of orthopedic techniques. My interest in these particular venues of massage stems in part from my own varied movement experiences as a dancer, runner, ice-skater, and student of martial arts, and in part from a desire to know how to relieve pain and improve other's abilities to move effectively. Interwoven with these experiences is my background as a physicist and researcher. During the same eight years, I have also been constantly active in internet-based discussions on massage education and governance. Coupled with some earlier background in Ericksonian hypnosis and the use of metaphor, these discussions have propelled me into learning about the educational psychology of multiple intelligences and diversity in learning styles. As this column progresses, I will be drawing topics from these backgrounds of technique, movement, and educational psychology. To begin, however, I want to consider some very basic concepts of human interaction nonverbal communication and congruence.
What we accomplish with our massage clients is often done as much from our effects on the mind and nervous system as from our direct effects on tissue. We are not just technicians of touch, but also communicators. By our activities, we are acting to integrate healthy touch back into a culture that has become blatantly afraid of touch and the interpersonal intimacy and connection it brings. When we enter into the practice of massage, we consciously or unconsciously, willingly or unwillingly, take on the mantle of kinesthetic role models for our clients and acquaintances. We often will convey more to them via our body language, tone of voice, and overall attitudes toward touch and the human body than we will by our words and printed forms. It is for these reasons that we must face and know intimately the names of our own dragons if we are to achieve the greatest benefit for our clients.
These unconscious dragons often begin to surface as beginning massage students face a quality and quantity of touch for which, in some cases, they were little prepared. For most, this creates of state of growth and transformation that is life-affirming. For some, however, the classroom issues of emotional projection and transference originating from prior negative experiences and unresolved traumas can become a block to effective learning and practice. In these cases, there are issues that must be dealt with in therapy beyond the boundaries of the massage class.
Our beliefs, internal dialogs and mental visualizations have great impact on what we continually project and communicate via our nonverbal responses of gesture, posture, tempo of movement and tone of voice. When our conscious and unconscious beliefs are in accord, our verbal and nonverbal messages will be congruent. Our clients cannot help but perceive this. When we act with internal conflict or with our awareness unfocused, our clients will tend to believe our bodies rather than our words. In martial arts, we are trained to change our state of awareness as we enter and leave the place of practice. Part of this is a discipline for showing respect and appreciation for the place, participants, and tradition. Another element, however, is in developing the habit of leaving our personal issues off the mat along with our shoes. I encourage my massage students and myself to remember to leave our unresolved emotions at the door as we prepare to begin a massage. Unlike baggage at an airport, they will still be there for us to reclaim (should we still need them) on our way out.
A couple of years ago, Public Radio International used the following story as part of their promotion on a new program on world events (www.theworld.org):
One of my visions for massage is that, through the exercise of meaningful touch, we can help to make the world come right. As we help people to reintegrate their body, mind and spirit, we also facilitate them in acting with greater compassion and awareness. Although each contribution may be small, the totality of all the contributions can be great. One of the things that this presupposes is that, upon entering massage, we each must commit ourselves to a life-path of learning and self-congruity. In order to become kinesthetic role models for our clients, we each must seek to heal and reintegrate within ourselves. This reintegration cannot be measured in classroom hours, but only in moments of connection and awareness.
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