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Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
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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