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An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
News in Brief
Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
Free Yourself From the Pocketbook Practice
Let's take a journey together; there's an important lesson to be learned. Imagine a town or city just like yours.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
Creating Relationships at Southwest Symposium
The month of May brought many interesting activities. As I have said in many previous columns this year, this profession is moving in a very exciting direction. Make sure you are getting involved. If you're not, you just might get left behind.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04
Massage at Preschools and Schools
"Children Who Massage One Another Do Not Fight!"
By Rolf Elmstrom
Rolf Elmstrom is the former headteacher at the Axelsons Gymnastiska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, one of the largest alternative medicine schools in Europe.Mr. Elmstrom currently oversees several projects for Axelsons, including international education programs and portions of the institute's massage therapy program. This article is Mr. Elmstrom's report on an ongoing Axelsons project that incorporates massage in preschools and grade schools in Sweden.
In modern society, stress has become a serious problem. The tempo of life has accelerated and we always seem to find ourselves short on time. We communicate more and more using technology and machines. Much of our children´s natural play time has been replaced with sitting in front of the TV, watching videos or playing games on the computer.
We must not forget that everyone needs physical and psychological contact with other people. Physical contact in particular gives nourishment to the giver and the receiver.
The Touch Research Institute in Miami, Fla., has conducted significant research on the importance of touch; in Sweden, Professor Kerstin Uvnœs-Moberg has shown that levels of the peace-and-calm hormone oxytocin increases with touch, while at the same time, levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreases. Touch is the first sense we develop; it is of vital importance to communication and learning.
Together with Kerstin Uvnœs-Moberg, from the Karolinska Institute, and Professor Annelise von Knorring from the Psychiatric Clinic for Children in Uppsala, Axelsons Gymnastiska Institute has conducted a study involving 150 preschool children. Among other things, this study clearly shows that with massage:
Why Did Axelsons Gymnastiska Institute Start the Project "Massage at Preschools and Schools"?
After considerable contact with the Touch Research Institute, we realized just how important massage is. We felt it important to spread this knowledge, particularly to young people, and therefore we started at kindergartens. We have trained about 8,000 teachers throughout Sweden in the past five years. Every day, we hear reports of what a great difference massage makes in the children´s groups:
The following are comments from children involved in our program:
The Axelsons Institute organizes courses for all people who work with children. The purpose of these courses is to provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to introduce massage in schools. The courses include elementary massage; how to massage; the strokes used; where and when not to massage; how often you can massage; etc. Course participants learn how to give and receive whole-body massage and massage sitting on a chair; how to massage children and how to teach children to massage one another; and how to integrate massage into everyday schoolwork.
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