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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Carol Kane Neilson, CMT
By Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB
Author's Note: Professional of Note is a column devoted to recognizing individual practitioners and what they are contributing to the profession. Each article highlights a unique feature of a practitioner's professional practice.The purpose of the column is take note of people who are not necessarily nationally known, but who are nonetheless making a significant contribution to the field. If you've ever experienced a helium balloon ride, you know the feeling of peace as the balloon lifts with a surge, then smoothly takes its course: soft as a whisper, but strong in its hold.
This is how I would describe Carol Kane Neilson's "takeoff," literally and figuratively, when she births and develops ideas. Her current passion, a unique, first-of-its-kind program, is the Vermont Race for the Cure Breast Cancer and Massage Project.
Carol's idea was birthed after attending the AMTA National Conference in Washington, D.C., in October 1998. At the conference, Carol took Cheryl Chapman's workshop, "Introduction to Mastectomy Massage." By the time her return flight landed in Vermont, Carol had a proposal outlined on her laptop computer. Within three days, a venue, presenter, and funds to operate were in place. Cheryl Chapman of New Jersey jumped at the chance to teach; the Vermont Race for the Cure event in Manchester, VT would be the site; and funds would be provided by the Vermont Committee Against Breast Cancer.
Talk about passion and motivation!
Carol's goal was to combine the Vermont Race for the Cure fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation with a free massage clinic for breast cancer survivors, along with a mastectomy massage workshop for massage therapists. The therapists would also partake in a sports massage workshop, preparing them to provide pre- and post-event sports massage the morning of the running race. Fellow massage therapist and partner George Glass, LMT, would teach the sports massage component and oversee the sports massage the day of the race. Carol organized, planned, implemented and oversaw the entire project through its debut in July 1999. Forty-eight massage therapists from the northeast attended the program, providing massages to 55 cancer survivors and sports massages to 330 race participants.
Carol decided to continue the quest for more sponsorship. To implement her goal of seeing this project spread to a national level, she prepared a grant proposal to present to the Komen Foundation. It was a lengthy preparatory process, one that successfully set her course.
As a result, the second massage workshop, held just prior to the July 2001 Race for the Cure event, was funded through a grant from the Vermont Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The workshop was sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the AMTA, Carol, and George Glass. Also obtained were a major anonymous donation from the community and services from Ignition, Inc., a local marketing firm.
The Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982. It is "an international organization with a network of volunteers working through local affiliates and Komen Race for the Cure events to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease." In addition to funding research, the Foundation and its affiliates fund community-based breast health education, breast cancer screenings, and treatment projects for the medically underserved.
The 2001 workshop, attended by 38 therapists, emphasized physiological and emotional benefits of therapeutic massage, as well as positioning and massage techniques for the breast cancer client. According to Carol, "the workshop blends theoretical information with clinical expertise. It provides unique training and then the opportunity to apply the new knowledge in a hands-on situation at the massage clinic for survivors the day before the race." She also mentioned that the free massage session, given by the massage therapists who were trained in the workshop, is self-directed by the receiver -- the breast cancer patient/survivor. The therapist takes his or her cue from the person receiving the massage, and only goes as far as the person is comfortable. At the 2001 clinic, a record 79 sessions were given to survivors!
Carol highlights the essence of what transpires this way: "For the survivors, being comforted with touch is a wonderful thing. For some of the women it is their first experience being touched after their surgery or radiation treatment. It is often very emotional, but we provide a safe place for the massage."
Cheryl Tardy, a massage therapist from Maine, wrote to Carol after the workshop to tell her "...what a profound experience I had. I returned back to practice as a much better therapist."
Susan Rawls, a breast cancer survivor and Carol's client of one year, said: "I can't believe the difference in one year, how good I feel and how much I am able to do. It's a wonderful place to be. Massage was a medical necessity that helped me regain more than 60 percent mobility in my shoulder after completing treatment for breast cancer in late 1999." Susan has continued with weekly massage therapy, which she credits as "essential to my health and the hope that massage therapy will become a standard treatment in breast cancer recovery."
Carol and her partner George have just moved into a new healing arts center, Mountain Healing Arts in Manchester Center, Vermont. The center houses seven treatment rooms, allowing for three massage therapists, one acupuncturist, one psychiatrist and one physical therapist to provide services.
Working on clients five days per week, Carol averages 36 client massages per week, all hour-long sessions. (More hours than I like doing in a week!) Her focus in her practice is medical injury rehabilitation and recovery. Techniques she employs are neuromuscular, deep tissue, myofascial release, and muscle energy release. She has been in practice for 10 years, and clients come to her primarily via word-of-mouth.
Carol also takes care of herself by receiving a weekly massage from her partner. When I asked Carol what she does for physical exercise and stress relief, she quipped "I muck the barn and load the elevator with bales of hay!" In her spare time, she oversees the care of her "menagerie of five horses, 10 cats, four dogs, and three birds," calling herself an "animal drunk!"
Carol, who graduated with honors from the Boulder School of Massage 10 years ago, is active in the AMTA Vermont Chapter, serving as secretary and education chair. She also is the wonderful DJ for the dances at the New England Regional Conference held every March. I would describer her as focused, detailed, organized, compassionate and passionate about whatever she does.
At the AMTA National Convention in September 2000, Carol received the AMTA National Humanitarian Award for her dedication in caring for breast cancer survivors.
Carol's long-term goal is to implement her model project in towns and cities across the country. She hopes that future funding will be made available for national promotion through a public relations firm that would like to donate some of their time as a community service. Because of Carol's dedication of time, energy, spirit, and love for humanity, I'm sure her goal will be realized.
This article is especially timely because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you would like to make a donation to the Komen Vermont Race for the Cure, please send it to:
Your donation may help achieve Carol's long-term goal of having model projects across the United States!
Click here for previous articles by Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB.
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