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The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
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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