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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
We Get Letters & E-Mail
In Defense of AMTA-MERT
This is in reply to Karen E. Murray's letter to the editor in the December 2001 issue of Massage Today. I was privileged to work at ground zero as a Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT) responder, and felt compelled to write.(Editor's note: The complete text of Ms. Murray's letter was included in our "Helping Hands: More Stories from the Relief Efforts" article, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/12/01.html.)
After my experiences as a MERT member, I would be reluctant to respond to a disaster in any other way. As a trained responder, I know how to work at a disaster site without becoming part of the problem. A strict chain of command must be followed to keep everyone safe. There are considerations when working on rescue personnel in a disaster situation that are very different from the caring for the people we see in our everyday practices, and therapists need to be aware of these considerations to keep the rescuers safe. Insurance is another important consideration when going into a dangerous environment to work, even if you are volunteering your services.
Would you consider approaching the FBI and offering to assist in its investigation, then be insulted when you were turned away? Even if you were a former FBI agent, or had training in investigation techniques, you would be politely (or not so politely) dismissed. The FBI doesn't take people who show up with claims of experience, and a reasonable person would not even expect it. Neither does MERT. An organization must protect itself and those for whom it is responsible. That is why structure is in place to prevent major problems. You were likely asked if you were an AMTA member because training sessions were set up to train as many responders as possible.
You would have been invited to apply. There are considerations as to where one gets one's liability insurance, besides a few extra dollars in cost. Consider that now, and you will be ready to respond the next time (hopefully never!) something horrible happens.
As far as the perceived curtness of the person you spoke to, I can tell you firsthand that everyone involved in MERT deserves praise, not criticism. We got very little sleep, coughed for days or weeks after each trip, and sacrificed hundreds to thousands of dollars in lost income. The organizers worked almost around the clock, and of course, a few mistakes were made. They did an amazing job with the impossible task of keeping track of their own. It is just too much to expect them to keep track of everyone else.
Your heart was in the right place, but no one can just walk into a federal crime scene because they have a generous spirit. That is just reality. I am glad that there were massage therapists working in the area around ground zero, taking care of those that did not have ground zero access. I also am extremely grateful to AMTA's MERT, and the opportunity to safely attend to the needs of the many men and women who barely left ground zero for days or weeks in September and October. It was a life-changing experience, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Monique Trahan, LMT
"Another venue for people of diverse backgrounds to communicate ideas"
Hi, I'm a state-registered, nationally certified massage therapist from Wisconsin. I'm also a member of the AMTA. I'm a little behind the times, but I'm just passing on my opinion of Massage Today.
I like the paper. I don't read all of the columns, but I read most of them. I like the idea that there is another venue for people of diverse backgrounds to communicate ideas to each other. I like the idea that this paper "hits." I like that it receives contributions by professionals who are members of various massage trade organizations; professionals who don't belong to any massage organization; and even members of different health care professions.
I look forward to future editions!
"I encourage others to learn this marvelous art..."
My name is Dorothy Montrose, but my friends call me "Dee Dee." In 1993, I received my massage training in Palm Desert, California, under the direction of Ramona Moody French and her staff at Desert Resort School of Somatherapy. I have been self-employed in the field of massage therapy since that time.
I enjoy my work and am very grateful to Janice, the first therapist I received a massage from when I lay paralyzed in the hospital. (I broke my neck in a severe auto accident in 1986 and was told I would be a quadriplegic the rest of my life. Janice didn't give up on me, and I am 98% recovered today). I believe I owe it to the massage profession to give back as much as I can.
Massage therapy gave me hope and courage to keep trying after the doctors had given up on me! I am devoted to my profession and encourage others to learn this marvelous art of alternative medical care.
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