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The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
Massage Program Accredited at National University of Health Sciences
By Editorial Staff
The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) recently granted a five-year accreditation to the massage therapy certification program at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Ill.The program received accreditation after graduating two classes, the shortest time allowed before accreditation consideration.
Randy Swenson, DC, director of the massage program and dean of the NUHS College of Allied Health Sciences, praised the individuals who made the rapid accreditation possible:
National has offered a massage therapy certificate since 1999. The school's massage students take courses not only on massage techniques, but also anatomy and physiology; nutrition and wellness; relaxation therapies; practice management; ethics; and interpersonal communication.
Chicago Schools Participate in "Massage Marathon"
At the 25th Anniversary LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon last October, students from two local massage schools completed a marathon of their own, giving roughly 2,000 massages to the runners in a single day.
Using over 60 tables, 203 students, alumni and instructors from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy (CSMT) provided over 1,700 massages in what they say is the largest group of MTs ever assembled for a single sporting event.
Morton College also participated in the event, with 14 massage students from the college's therapeutic massage program gave 300 free massages to runners, as part of required fieldwork experience. Linda Moore, Morton's massage program coordinator, created the volunteer opportunity with the Chicago Area Runners Association to provide students with "experience working in a variety of situations."
CSMT Founder and President Robert K. King, who provided massage coaching and assistance, enthused, "The excitement here is electric. CSMT has been a presence at the Marathon for 18 years now, and it's always exhilarating to be a part of it and watch the students gain confidence and pride in the power of massage as they work this event."
As for the race itself, Paula Radcliffe shattered the women's world marathon record by 81 seconds, while Khalid Khannouchi captured his fourth men's title.
Record Massage "Chain" in Florida
POMPANO BEACH, FL - In what was touted as the largest massage chain ever formed, 260 people gathered to create the "Great American Massage Train" on October 20, 2002.
The event, which kicked off Massage Awareness Week at the American Institute of Massage Therapy (AIMT), was designed to promote massage therapy while raising money for Kids in Distress, a Ft. Lauderdale organization that helps abused children. Participants, who paid $1 to enter, were not all massage therapists. The institute's director of education, Lise Benitah, showed the nontherapists how to perform the "three-minute knead" to the sound of "Put Your Hands on My Shoulders." Other donations were received through dollar-a-minute chair massages and a raffle sponsored by Kids in Distress.
The AIMT has participated in the fundraiser for the last six years, raising $7,000 in 2001. This year, the institute wanted to do more than simply raise money:
A photographer documented the event; final word from Guinness is forthcoming.
Pregnancy Massage for Wartime Wives
Two West Virginia doulas are providing their services free of charge to pregnant women whose military husbands are overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom. Lauramae Triplett and Julie Huron, certified doulas, created "Operation Doula Care" for pregnant women whose husbands are deployed or deceased as a result of Enduring Freedom.
Doulas provide coaching and companionship to mothers during labor, and also offer pregnancy massage in homes or hospitals. When an expectant mother can't be with their OB/gyn, midwife or doctor, the doula is there.
"Massage helps the whole body to relax and releases endorphins, which can help speed up labor," explained Lauramae, who is certified in pregnancy massage.
For more information on volunteering or receiving free care, call (304) 733-4005.
Rock Stars Prefer ... Aromatherapy?
According to Manchester, England, aromatherapist Diane Nivern, modern celebrities don't necessarily turn to cigarettes and alcohol before and after performances, as many people imagine. On what does she base her opinion? Well, she's been providing aromatherapy and massage to such stars as Robbie Williams, Radiohead, Iron Maiden and the Corrs for the past four years.
"Tours are often grueling and exhausting affairs," explained Diane, a member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. "But the performers now recognize the benefits of aromatherapy in any touring schedule. They realize they need a more calming approach than, say, the stimulus of too much alcohol or drugs."
She also provides massage and acupressure, and instructs clients on breathing exercises.
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