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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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
Beyond the Rub
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
It is time to put heart back into massage. When I started the series of columns on failing massage education, I first documented the failing, then proposed several suggestions I believe could improve massage education.Most of my suggestions involved imposing additional government regulation on the profession in general, and on massage schools in particular. This is probably necessary in the short run. However, government is always the worst way to do anything except maybe to fight wars and collect taxes. Texas massage therapist David Lauterstein, RMT, says it well:
Once government establishes a minimum, that minimum also becomes the maximum. Why do more than you have to? While a few will strive for excellence, most will attempt to barely meet the minimum standard. I have observed several states before and after licensing. Before licensing, there were one or two good schools and one or two lousy schools. A few years after licensing, there were one or two good schools and dozens of lousy schools. Is this the desired result? I hope not!
It finally dawned on me that what has been lost in all the clamor is heart. The heart of massage is being lost Massage has the potential to be the premier wellness modality in health care. Wholism is the birthright of American massage therapy (as well as being just "good science.") The current medical emphasis in massage, and the emphasis on energy work freed of any logical constraints, seems a great loss in so many respects. Both paradigms sell the potential of massage/bodywork short. Most energy work has such little grounding in the physical sciences that it achieves no consistent results beyond the parasympathetic response of laying down in a calm environment for awhile. The medical emphasis usually focuses on nothing more than "rub here for this and there for that." It is usually taught with emphasis on insurance billing (drooling for dollars) and acceptance by the gods of the sickness sciences. Neither have much heart or wholism.
If we focus on sickness, we will have more and more sickness. That is the way the universe works. The allopathic sickness system has not lessened the amount of sickness by studying it. In fact, it has increased sickness, irregardless what it may have done for lifespan. The focus needs to be put on wellness. Until we study wellness with the fervor we study sickness, we will never achieve wellness. Since there is more money to be made treating sickness than in curing it, wellness will never be a priority in the allopathic system.
The same is true for massage education. If we put our focus on its failures, we will have more and more failure. If we concentrate on low quality, we will achieve it. If we study incompetence, we will have more and more incompetence. It is time to put our focus on excellence. Right now our emphasis is on competence. Competence is a lowest common denominator process. Our current system of regulation and national certification is a lowest common denominator standard. The results show it is not working. It is time to focus on and strive for excellence. David Lauterstein again puts this so well:
Greg Lawton, DC, of the American Medical Massage Association (AMMA), puts it another way:
To me, all this comes back to heart. If you are truly working from the heart, you will, out of love and compassion for your fellow human beings do the absolute best you can. You will never be satisfied with your level of knowledge and skill. Just learning to rub will not be enough. Just teaching others to rub will not be enough. Your desire to help others will drive you to study both the physical and the non-physical sciences. It will lead you to study holistic health. It will drive you to practice the principles of holistic health in your own life, so you can be an inspiring and motivational example to others, especially your patients and students. Heart will guide you to strive for excellence. It will not stand for incompetence or even just competence, either in yourself or the profession.
We need a lot more heart in massage education if we ever hope to move beyond the rub.
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