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Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
Reinforcing the Value of Massage for Back Pain
Annals of Internal Medicine Report: Massage is a Successful, Cost-Effective Treatment
By Editorial Staff
Researchers from the Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative's Center for Health Studies (CHS) released a report in the June 3 Annals of Internal Medicine that massage therapy is a successful and cost-effective treatment for back pain - possibly even more so than chiropractic or acupuncture treatments.
The report was compiled from an in-depth study of scientific data from recent reviews of randomized controlled trials evaluating acupuncture, massage therapy and spinal adjustments; and other recent trials.
"Many Americans are using alternative treatments for back pain and paying a fair amount of money for them - either out-of-pocket or through insurance," said CHS senior investigator and lead author of the report, Daniel C.Cherkin, PhD. "So, it's important to know whether these treatments are effective and whether they should be made more widely available."
The research report concluded that although the three treatments are all safe in treating back pain, massage therapy was the only one to demonstrate a positive effect on back pain.
The study also noted that while spinal manipulation has some positive effects on back pain, its benefits are similar to those of conventional medicine, such as over-the-counter pain relievers and some forms of physical therapy.
The research on the effects of acupuncture on back pain was inconclusive, although Cherkin and his colleagues are currently conducting a five-year study on the subject.
Researchers also reported that massage may actually reduce the cost of care following initial treatments for back pain. There was insufficient evidence that acupuncture or spinal manipulation could lower health-care costs.
More than half of Americans seek treatment for back pain each year, spending more than $25 billion on medical care, with another $50 billion spent on lost productivity and disability payments. When traditional medicine fails to treat the pain, patients turn to alternative treatments. In fact, back pain accounts for 40 percent of chiropractic visits; 20 percent of massage therapy visits; and 14 percent of visits to acupuncturists.1
Others contributors to the review are Karen Sherman, PhD; Richard A. Deyo, MD; and Paul G. Shekelle, MD, PhD.
For more research information on the benefits of massage for back pain, see the front page article in the September 2001 issue of Massage Today, "Massage for Back Pain: Let's Look at the Research," at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/09/01.html.
For more information on this study, contact the Center for Health Studies at (206) 287-2653 or visit www.ghc.org.
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