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The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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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