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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
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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