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The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
ABMP Celebrates Eighth Annual Massage Week
By Editorial Staff
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) held its eighth annual International Massage Week, July 14-20. The event is designed to "raise public awareness of the benefits of therapeutic massage and encourage people to take the extra time to care for their health through massage."
This year, ABMP encouraged its 39,000 members, nearly 200 member schools, and nonmembers to donate their time, money and skills by offering free, on-site massage at local health fairs, sporting events or shopping malls; volunteering time at women's shelters or senior centers; soliciting canned goods from clients to donate to a local charity; or offering discounted or free services to postal workers, firefighters, police and other community agencies.
When Medicine and Massage Meet
Students at Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, DC and Georgetown University Medical School will share classroom time this fall as part of a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative.
The partnership between PMTI and GU School of Medicine is the result of an initiative funded by the NIH that will create programs and opportunities for incorporating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into 10 medical schools across the United States.Massage therapy and medical students will work together in gross anatomy labs and massage therapy classrooms, and PMTI faculty will teach medical students about the principles of massage therapy and recent research findings.
One of the goals of the NIH initiative is to foster relationships between CAM and medical providers and to encourage student and faculty cross-institutional interaction. If successful, the project could become an educational model for nationwide partnerships between medical schools and massage therapy programs.
AMTA MERT Recognized in National Competition
The American Massage Therapy Association's Massage Emergency Response Team (AMTA MERT) captured the "Award of Excellence" in the 2002 Association Advance America Awards. The national competition, sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Washington, DC, recognizes associations that "propel America forward with innovative projects and community service."
AMTA MERT provides massage and other supportive services at the national, regional and state level during emergency situations. Several AMTA MERT chapters played prominent roles following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. (Editor's note: See "Helping Hands: More Stories from the Disaster Relief Efforts," Massage Today, December 2001. Available online at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/12/01.html.)
The Spirit of Giving
Massage therapist John Jackson Jr. just opened his practice in Starkville, Mississippi in late May, but already he's making a difference - and not just to his clients. Jackson is donating half of his profits from Shiatsu chair massage, hydrotherapy table treatments, and gift certificate sales for July to the county chapter of the American Red Cross.
But his giving nature doesn't end there: one day each month thereafter, Jackson will contribute half of the same proceeds to the chapter. According to Oktibbeha Country Red Cross Director Cerese Teel, this is the first time a local company has offered to contribute its earnings on a regular basis.
While Jackson was training as a massage therapist last fall, his class volunteered their services at a local mall to raise money for the September 11 Red Cross fund. "[That's] what sparked this idea for me here in Starkville," Jackson enthused. "This has always been my home, and I wanted to do something out in the community when I opened here."
Take a Ride on the Massage Train
Travelers of India's railway system may have something new to look forward to in the coming months - on-board massage services. The announcement by officials in the southern Indian state of Kerala (which boasts of being India's massage center) comes on the heels of Indian Airways' recent announcement that it will provide head and neck massages during flights.
As we go to press, Padmaja Venugopal, chairwoman of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) is preparing to present her idea to Railways Minister Nitish Kumar, with high expectations. "Many [people] skip rail travel to save time and avoid cramps and unease," said Ms. Venugopal. "But we can use the time for short-duration rejuvenation therapy."
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