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An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
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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