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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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
Sharing the Gift of Touch
By Editorial Staff
Massage therapists are known for being compassionate and nurturing in therapeutic or clinical settings; however, for many massage therapists, that kindness extends beyond the daily routine of seeing clients.Massage therapists often donate their time and services to nonprofit, charitable events and organizations as a way of "giving back" to their communities.
The following are some upcoming events:
"Stand Down": Every summer, Vietnam veterans of San Diego, Calif., host "Stand Down," a three-day event that provides homeless veterans and their families with basic necessities, medical and dental care, including eyeglasses; clothing; haircuts; showers; and referrals to housing/recovery programs. Last year, volunteer students from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine provided free massage and acupuncture treatments at the event; in fact, volunteers provided more massage and acupuncture treatments than any other service. This year's "Stand Down" will take place July 11-13 at the San Diego High School football stadium. For more information, contact Rebecca Wilkowski at (800) 729-0941.
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC): Organizers of the annual PMC tout the two-day event as the most successful charity bike-a-thon in the nation. Proceeds from the benefit, sponsored by the Boston Red Sox, will go to the Jimmy Fund for cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. Volunteer massage therapists will gather for the event on Aug 2-3 to provide free massage to participating cyclists. For more information, contact Andrea D'Iorio at (617) 269-7171; Karen Cummings at (617) 632-4090; or visit www.pmc.org.
Over 300 mothers and daughters from the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts in Farmingdale, N.J., will gather on Aug 1-3 to learn about massage; reflexology; aromatherapy; and the power of therapeutic touch from volunteer massage therapists. For more information, contact Suzanne Paquette-Druze, executive director, The Wellness Center of Ocean County, at (732) 899-1911.
These are just a few examples of how massage therapists can give something back. Check out nonprofit organizations in your area to see how you can give the gift of touch.
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