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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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."
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.
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.
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.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
"Touching the Massage Today readers one letter at a time"
By Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
Let's start with a reader's update from a May question on corporate massage and the company getting a commission.
Editor's note: The original question posed to DearLyndaLMT was as follows:
And here's Patricia's follow-up to DearLynda's reply:
Thank you so very much for your reply, it was very helpful. I spoke with the company again just to clarify why they were asking for a commission, I explained that this was unusual. The answer I received is also very unusual: the company wants to get involved with a charity group, in which the company will sponsor 25 of its own employees to help build houses. The charity group requires a $5,000 donation for the 25 employees to participate. I was told that the commission that I am being charged is going toward this donation.
I stuck to my guns and explained that on-site massage therapy is a benefit to employees and I could not pay a commission to the company to provide this service. They were very receptive to my explanations, they agreed that on-site massage therapy is a benefit to their employees and that I should not have to pay them a commission. The company and I are working out the details and I will soon be offering this wonderful benefit to their employees.
Thank you so very much for your rapid response, you were able to help me out tremendously.
Patricia from Dallas
Thanks for the update, Patricia!
I have owned my own successful massage practice for the past seven years and still love what I do. However, I work six days a week and have not had a real vacation in two years. I am feeling a bit burned out at this stage of my career, to the point that I don't look forward to going to the office with a full book of clients. I need advice!
-- Joy from Maine
I enjoy Massage Today and your column. I would like to know how you feel about donating your services and gift certificates to promote your practice. What did you do when you first started your business, and what do you do now? I am just starting out in business and getting many requests for gift certificates and chair massage for events.
-- Christine from Missouri
Dear Lynda LMT,
Not sure if you can hel,p but was thinking it was worth an e-mail to you. I am a huge Paul McCartney fan and my friend was telling me he was on one of the morning show in May talking about a poem he wrote on strange massages he had and was talking about massage. Would you know what show this was aired on and where his poem appeared in print?
-- Chris from Georgia
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