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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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
The Phantom Massage
By Robert Stump, LMT, NCTMB
What follows is a personal account of an unusual massage... of a missing right leg.
A man and his wife sponsored a wedding party at our spa, with a day of massage provided for the entire party.The man and his wife were the last to arrive, because the man had to finish an IV at his doctor's office. Three weeks prior, his right leg had been amputated due to a bad infection. He did not have a medical release for massage, so we could not massage him.
That's where the story begins.
We catered food for the party, and offered the man and his wife a seat by the food table. Food was provided downstairs and the massages were provided upstairs. I gave the wife a short, quick head and shoulder massage, then left the two downstairs, as they both seemed relaxed and at ease.
I continued massaging other clients upstairs, but was called about an hour later, between massages, by the wife of the one-legged man. Apparently the man had fallen down two times before he arrived at our spa, and now was quite uncomfortable. The epicenter of his distraction/discomfort was an unbearable pain in the bottom of his missing right foot.
He said, "Bob, this pain is so bad that I can't stand it. It has been hurting for 12 hours now. Can you help me?" From his description of the pain, it sounded like his flexor digitorium brevis was paining him.
I said that we would help him. The man said that he would be grateful for any relief I could provide.
All the treatment rooms were full, so I sat him in the waiting room. I got a stool and towel and sat in front of him. I placed the man's left leg on my right knee and began following the form of his left leg from mid-thigh to foot, with my hands cupping his leg (like a light effleurage). I did this about five times. He was wearing shorts, so my hands were right on his skin.
Next, I turned my attention to the missing leg. It was a high amputation, at about mid-thigh. I cupped the air about an inch below the stump of his right leg and followed the outline of where I guessed his leg would have been. I followed down the phantom leg twice. No real effect. I went to the left leg and followed it down three to four times, and immediately went to the missing right leg and followed it down two times.
After doing this three times, something curious happened.
As I began to follow down where I estimated the right leg would have been with cupped hands, I began to feel a strong sensation -- what I guessed to be the aura of the missing leg. I went down it twice and then back to the left leg. After stroking down the left leg another three times, I turned my attention back to the phantom right leg again.
This time, I felt a clear outline of the missing right leg in my cupped hands. The energy was so strong that I felt I was stroking an actual leg. The man said, "Hey, I feel a twinge in the calf of my missing leg!"
At that point, the stump of his right leg began to gyrate as if it was moving his leg around. I went down the leg again, starting from about an inch below the stump, and felt the aura of the leg as strongly as before. He said that he could feel his calf and his foot as well as if they were there.
I moved back to the left leg again; this time, at the end of my downward stroke, I massaged the bottom of the left foot with the fist of my right hand. I massaged his left foot for about 1-2 minutes. I moved to the phantom right leg again and stroked down the leg to where the foot should have been. The stump of the man's right leg began gyrating again, and he said he could feel his leg again. As I held his phantom right foot, I cupped my left hand in back of the imaginary right foot and rubbed the bottom with the fist of my right hand. I left about the thickness of his foot between my left hand and right fist and massaged for about one minute.
The man's leg stump continued to gyrate as if I was tickling his foot and he was moving his foot around. Then he calmed down and said the pain in his phantom foot was gone. I stroked the air where his right leg should have been, as if I was doing finishing strokes, and did the same to his left leg. He was now calm and relaxed. He said he was grateful and that the pain in his missing right foot was gone.
We shook hands; I wished him a good day and good luck, and went about my other duties.
I still remember the wonderful feeling of helping someone in need with the special skills taught me by my expert teachers at the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, VA and by Mary Hannigan-Nelson (originator of La Stone Massage), who taught me to feel the client's needs with my heart and spirit.
Robert Stump is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist who graduated from Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, VA. He is also a graduate of Basic La Stone Therapy, and plans to become a hypnotherapist by year's end. Robert works part-time at local spa and full-time as an analyst with a technologies corporation.
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