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Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
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, etc.
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!
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
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.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
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.
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.
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.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
How Do You Say "No" When Your Client Says "Yes"?
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
Heads up, readers: we have some work to do! Put yourselves in the place of these bodyworkers:
What do you do? What do you say? How do you handle it when your client says, "yes," but your instinct says, "no, no, NO"?
Massage therapists are better trained in contraindications today than we've ever been, and I'm proud to be part of that movement. Our clients depend on us to make informed decisions about whether Swedish massage or other types of bodywork are the best choices for their needs. Still, it is inevitable that some people who may be at risk may seek massage - and the responsibility for causing any harm rests squarely on the massage therapist. All of the scenarios described above are based on real-life situations in which clients could be injured or have their condition dangerously neglected. It could happen to any of us, at any time - in some instances, it already has.
I believe that getting good training in pathology in the context of massage and bodywork is the first step in being able to work with clients who aren't perfectly healthy. We must develop critical-thinking skills so that we can make wise choices about different types of bodywork in different situations. But the next step, often the harder step, is taking action on those choices when they may not be in agreement with our clients' wishes.
How do you do that? How do you say, "No, we can't do this today, because if we do you could end up in the hospital"?
So many obstacles are in our way: staying within our scope of practice; not wanting to lose clients; not wanting to make a mistake or overreact; not wanting to get sued; but above all, not wanting to inadvertently hurt someone!
I have some ideas about how to frame these difficult conversations with our clients (which I will share in my next column), but I work in a bit of a vacuum. I am not in a full-time practice, and I don't work in a setting in which I see a lot of people who may be ill. Instead, I spend the bulk of my professional hours teaching and writing. This is a topic that needs to be addressed by the people who are really doing it - that's you!
So here is your invitation - no, here is your assignment:
Think about the last time you had to change your plans with a client to adapt to his or her health situation. Maybe you couldn't do Swedish massage, but had to switch to something else. Maybe you had to avoid an area the client hoping to have worked on. Maybe you had to reschedule your appointment altogether. How did you do it? Did your client object? How did you handle it? Would you do it differently next time?
Send me a description of your experience. It doesn't have to be eloquent or fancy; it just has to be real. I'll edit it, and change the names to protect the innocent. I'll clear my final draft with you, and then it will appear in Massage Today so that we can all learn from your experience.
This column is meant to be a forum to share our success stories and, maybe more importantly, our mistakes for the benefit of all massage therapists. Be brave. Let us know how you handle this delicate issue. Allow us to learn from each other.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Until then, good health and happiness...
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President.
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