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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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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."
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.
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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