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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
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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