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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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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