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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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
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!
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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."
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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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