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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
Alternative Medicine Added to NIH Database
By Editorial Staff
As of February 2001, more than 220,000 references, abstracts and full-text articles on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have been made available on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.
PubMed, a service of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a massive online version of the library's Medline database, which covers 4,500 journals published in the U.S.and overseas. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine joined with the library to create the new CAM section.
Speaking on the new database, library director Donald Lindberg enthused: "This joint venture will offer health professionals, CAM practitioners, researchers, educators and consumers ready access to a comprehensive database of journal citations directly related to complementary and alternative medicine."
Chinese Dancers Feel the Power of Touch
In mid-February, members of the acclaimed Beijing Dance Academy were involved in a crash while on tour in Portland, Oregon. Two team members, Zhang Li and Sun Rui, were aided in their recovery by a massage therapist.
Dr. Shizeng Yang, a licensed massage therapist and a doctor of Chinese medicine, worked on the two teenage dancers using tuina, a massage technique that incorporates the same principles and energy points as acupuncture, but using fingers and hands instead of needles.
In the accident, Sun suffered a partially dislocated hip; Zhang was pinned under the troupe's van, suffering a badly bruised leg. However, both dancers have improved dramatically under Yang's care, along with the assistance of a local acupuncturist and herbalist. After the first week of treatment, Sun said his body felt "awake" and could walk without crutches; Zhang said her pain had eased to the point where she could stand.
Dr. Yang, who worked for the Chinese gymnastics team until 1992 and has taught at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, currently maintains a practice in Portland.
American Specialty Health Networks Stays Busy: More Agreements to Provide HMO Members with Massage
California-based American Specialty Health Networks (ASHN) has contracted with Tufts Health Plan, one of the country's largest HMOs, to provide discounts on massage therapy and acupuncture. Under terms of the agreement, Tufts Health Plan members have access to massage therapists and acupuncturists credentialed by ASHN.
The agreement between ASHN and Tufts Health Plan is the latest in a series of contracts between ASHN and HMOs across the country. In the February 2001 issue of Massage Today, we reported on several recent agreements making the news. (See "When Massage Meets Managed Care," in the February issue).
Commenting on the agreement, ASHN President and CEO George DeVries said: "Many Americans now use some form of complementary health care each year - chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, vitamins or herbal supplements. We are pleased to support the efforts of Tufts Health Plan to develop quality-driven, cost-effective programs for their members."
Bringing Complementary Care into the Mainstream
At some of the nation's leading hospitals, physicians and their staffs are increasingly providing patients with access to complementary and alternative care. A few recent examples of this trend:
Dr. William Jagiello, an osteopathic physician and chairman of the Mercy Center's integrative medicine committee, says that the growing popularity of alternative treatment is confirmation that "illness doesn't exist in a vacuum."
"At some point in the future, there won't be conventional and unconventional treatments," predicts Dr. Jagiello. "They'll all be melded into one system. The important thing will be identifying the best treatment for each patient, rather than whether it's mainstream or alternative care."
Merging Massage Programs
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., of Santa Ana, California, recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Grand Rapids Educational Center, Inc. (GREC) and its three campuses in Michigan and Indiana. In addition to programs in allied health, health insurance, and medical and dental specialties, GREC also offers a diploma program in massage therapy.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., is one of the largest for-profit post-secondary education companies in the U.S., now operating 54 colleges in 19 states. For more information on the massage program offered at its newly acquired campuses, contact Corinthian Colleges, Inc., at 1-888-741-4271.
The Healing Powers of Chocolate
There's a new addition to the landscape in Hershey, Pennsylvania, home to the world-renowned Hershey Foods Corporation. The town already overflowing with chocolate now features a chocolate spa.
Earlier this year, the Hotel Hershey opened its $7 million spa, featuring chocolate baths, fondue wraps, and a variety of food-related therapies. The spa also offers more traditional spa conveniences, including massage, facials, pedicures and scalp treatment.
Believe it or not, the Hershey spa is just the latest in a continuing trend of food-related spas in the United States and abroad. For years, spas in Asia and Europe have featured soothing body baths blending milk, saffron and honey. In the United States, several hotels provide food-related spa services, including hotels in Texas and Arizona that offer barbeque and cactus wraps, respectively.
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