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Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
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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