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Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
Bringing Massage to the Boston Marathon
By Editorial Staff
April 16th, 2001 was Patriot's Day in Massachusetts. It was also the 105th running of the Boston Marathon, one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, and the 19th year that massage therapy has been available to the marathon's participants.
In 1983, a small team of sports massage therapists first gathered at this event, headed by Gayle Davison and Benny Vaughn.That initial Sports Massage Team (SMT) was to be comprised of 20 therapists and 20 student therapists, but as race day approached, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) cut the team down to the 20 experienced therapists. A few of the students were able to volunteer in other capacities, and actually got pressed into service as the lines for post-event massage grew to a capacity the original team could no longer handle.
One of those students who "snuck in" to participate in the first Boston Marathon Sports Massage Team was Rick Guilde of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Today, Rick holds the distinction of having participated on more Boston Marathon sports massage teams than any other individual. Of the 19 years the team has been in existence, Rick has been prominent at 18 of them!
The team has grown over the years -- that initial team of 20 is now 175 strong, and is captained by massage therapist Jeff Forrest of Massachusetts. Students are now an important part of the process. This year, 55 individuals from six different schools helped make up the team. One school even traveled from New Brunswick, Canada to participate.
The SMT is broken up into subspecialty groups to work on the main group of runners; the elite athletes; the wheelchair athletes; VIPs (corporate sponsors, family members, etc.); and triage. About 50 therapists travel to the race start in Hopkinton to do pre-event work, and the balance are also available to serve the long lines of runners waiting for post-event massage.
The runners always appreciate the skills of the sports massage team. Rick Gilde recalled one of his favorite quotes from an anonymous runner: "You guys are the heroes, we're the dummies." Runners Steve Berhard from Macungie, PA, and Matt Olin from Los Angeles, CA both mentioned how important post-event massage was to their recovery.
At event registration, the massage therapists are given volunteer jackets; instructed how to set up their tables; and given some brief instruction on what resources are available to assist them with thermal issues and cramp management. It's a long day for the massage therapists, who arrive in the morning and don't leave the massage area until 7 or 7:30 in the evening. All told, the team is involved in about 1,200 massage encounters.
The sports massage team is part of the all-volunteer effort of the Boston Marathon. The massage therapists are considered part of the medical volunteers, and at the 105th running, were given the white volunteer jackets that signify medical volunteers. The massage volunteers aren't just local: Yvonne Fey traveled all the way from Berrysburg, Ohio to volunteer her services!
The dozen therapists who volunteer for triage are also healthcare-trained as nurses, EMTs, PTs, OTs, ATs, etc. The triage area is close to the medical tent, for those runners who underestimated the nature of their discomfort when presenting themselves at the massage area. This year's triage was staffed with many of the students from the KINE-CONCEPT Institute in Fredericton, New Brunswick, due to the extensive medical training the Canadian massage program provides. Barry Antoniow, RMT, administrative director of the school, expressed his pleasure at being able to give the Canadian students experience at a major international event.
Space limitations have put the sports massage team at capacity. The John Hancock Company generously donates space in their Boston headquarters, but the team can set up only about 90 tables in the post-event area. Podiatrists in the massage area assist the massage therapists with any obvious foot issues; a chiropractic team is also in the vicinity.
In addition to their participation on the sports massage team, massage therapists were also volunteering in other capacities along the 26.2-mile race route from Hopkinton to Boston. At First Aid Station #12 (17.5 mi.), massage therapist Jeanne Dodge was part of a team that treated over 20 "soft tissue" injuries in a few hours. They ranged from runners with "tight muscles," to those running with pre-existing injuries, to those with spasms and cramps.
Speaking of her Boston Marathon volunteer experiences, Jeanne reported the following:
As you can see, massage therapists play a prominent role in the success of the Boston Marathon each year. Those wishing to volunteer in any capacity can do so via the Boston Athletic Association's official marathon website (www.bostonmarathon.org). Volunteer applications are usually due in February for this annual April event.
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