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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.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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.
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.
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.
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.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business 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."
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.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
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.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
Olympic Research Projects Focus on Form, Function
By Editorial Staff
Nine research projects were conducted in a joint venture by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Pfizer, a research-based pharmaceutical company, during last month's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.The research studies focused on health, nutrition and biomechanics, with specific projects tailored to investigate the following:
Health and Nutrition: Anorexia and low body weight in ski jumping; nutrition issues and inadequate diet during preparation for the Games by speedskaters, skiers and bobsledders; and prevalence of menstrual dysfunction in elite athletes preparing for the Games.
Biomechanics: Pacing patterns in speedskating; Klapskate hinge position in speedskating; quadruple revolutions in figureskating jumps; double and triple twists in figureskating; success in competitive figrureskating performances; and flight trajectories and takeoff characteristics of ski jumpers.
The sponsors of the research projects hope that results from these nine studies will provide valuable data to health care professionals, athletes and the public regarding injury prevention and natural performance improvement.
National Board Certifies 50,000th Practitioner
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) reached a milestone recently by certifying its 50,000th practitioner.
To obtain national certification, massage therapists must complete a minimum of 500 in-class hours of education and training, pass the National Certification Exam (NCE), and pledge to follow the NCBTMB's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Commenting on the milestone, NCBTMB Executive Director Christine Niero, PhD, said: "Massage therapy is one of the fastest growing segments of alternative medicine, and with this comes an increased demand for qualified practitioners... as more Americans come to understand the benefits of massage therapy and bodywork, it is increasingly important to have a certification body that provides consumers and employers with a national standard."
Another Benefit of Massage
In November of 2001, the American Legion, Post 291 in Costa Mesa, California received a check for $1,000 from the American Institute of Massage Therapy. Instructor and Chancellor Dr. M.K. Hungerford and her students provided 15-minute massages for $5 to raise money for the disaster victims of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Overall, the combined effort raised $16,000; the money will be sent to the families of the New York City firemen who gave their lives trying to save lives on that horrific day.
Students from Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College (PTMC) made a trip to London, England recently to study massage therapy at the London School of Massage and the U.K. College of Complementary Health Studies. As part of their experience, the 21 students were given the opportunity to provide massage to the staff of St. Charles Hospital in London.
As part of this unique exchange program, 12 students from London visited Phoenix to study neuromuscular massage, hot rock therapy and other massage techniques at PTMC. To find out about the next exchange opportunity, contact PTMC at (480) 945-9461.
Insurance Plans Continue to Include Massage as Discount Option
Another sign of the growing acceptance of massage and other complementary and alternative therapies comes from the South, where Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) recently introduced a discount program for a variety of services, including massage therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture. The program, called "Blue Complements," also includes discounts on vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements, and books and videos relating to health and wellness.
This continuing trend has sparked widespread debate within the massage profession in recent months. Supporters of the trend believe that making massage therapy accessible to the public through health insurance will expand the profession and bring its benefits to a wider audience; opponents claim that such programs discount massage therapists' services and bring unnecessary organizational control to the massage experience.
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