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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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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?
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
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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