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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.
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.
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."
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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?"
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.
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.
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?
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.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Massage Underrepresented in U.S. Medical School CAM Curriculum
By Editorial Staff
By all accounts, we are in the midst of the "Golden Age" of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Public use, multidisciplinary acceptance, and insurance reimbursement of CAM services are at an all-time high.A recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) was devoted entirely to research on CAM utilization.1 Almost all of the articles in that issue included massage therapy as a research parameter,2-7 and one article evaluated massage specifically.8
Despite this ongoing trend toward increased awareness and acceptance of the benefits of massage, both in the public and professional sectors, there is still progress to be made, particularly in some circles. For evidence, look no further than the September 2002 issue of Academic Medicine, which featured a study entitled, "The Teaching of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in U.S. Medical Schools: A Survey of Course Directors."9
In the study, the authors evaluated data drawn from questionnaires mailed to 123 CAM directors at 74 U.S. medical schools in August 2000. Questionnaires were collected through January 2001, with final data based on responses from 73 course directors at 53 institutions. Results showed that, among the 19 therapies listed* by course directors, massage therapy was ninth in terms of the percentage of course directors who reported teaching the topic at their medical school (41.1%).
Ninth out of 19 therapies may not sound unreasonable; however, a closer scrutiny of the data revealed that not only did acupuncture and chiropractic ranked well ahead of massage therapy, so did nutrition and diet; herbs and botanicals; homeopathy; and more "eclectic" therapies such as meditation and relaxation; spirituality/faith/prayer; and "ethnomedicine" (Ayurveda, non-acupuncture Chinese medicine; Native-American medicine). In fact, the data showed that only a few more medical schools include massage therapy curriculum in their CAM programs than hypnosis.
* Other CAM topics listed by course directors (11th-19th in terms of percentage) included therapeutic touch; guided imagery; nutriceuticals/megavitamins/minerals; naturopathy; biofeedback; aromatherapy; energy medicine; music therapy; and reflexology.]
It is encouraging to note that so many U.S. medical schools have CAM programs, and that many of these programs reflect a diversity of CAM services. However, considering the numerous proven benefits of massage, it is somewhat disheartening to see massage comparatively underrepresented in current medical school curriculum. One wonders what criteria were used by course directors in selecting one type of CAM therapy over another for inclusion in their program content.
The study authors note in their conclusion: "We believe that CAM instruction in U.S. medical schools will continue to grow as more faculty and students come to share the same fascination with unconventional therapies as the society at large." One hopes this continued growth includes increased massage representation in medical school curriculum.
Editor's note: Beginning with the January 2003 issue, Massage Today will publish a periodic "Research Corner" with summaries of the most recent research related to massage. Several of the papers referenced above will be presented in MT as part of this new feature.
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