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Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.)
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
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.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
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 Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
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.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
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.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
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.
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.
September, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 09
Expedition Costa Rica a Rewarding Experience
By Gwen Coveny, BA, CMT
Expedition Costa Rica July 2003 was a volunteer project led by Elvis Mairena, a Costa Rican native and massage therapist currently practicing in New Jersey who uses his skills to provide healing touch to people in need.Our group of massage therapists learned of the expedition through the International Massage Association and the Somerset School of Massage Therapy (SSMT), where Elvis just completed a year of training.
I helped coordinate the expedition, which included a total of seven volunteers, all of whom paid their own travel expenses. In addition to Elvis and myself, other volunteers were Paula Suyehiro, BS, CMT, from Marin County, Calif.; Jessica Kansiz, a massage therapist from New Brunswick, N.J.; SSMT students Amanda Whitehead and Rebecca Morse; and MaryAlyn Garcia, a friend from Arizona who assisted us with Spanish translation.
We spent our first day administering massage at Manos Abiertos ("Open Hands"), a convent for disabled children. These children were afflicted with Down syndrome; paralysis; blindness; and major deformities. Some of the children were on respirators. Most were mentally disadvantaged; many couldn't speak at all. Some children were confined to cribs and could only be lightly massaged or given energy through hand placement. It was emotionally difficult at times, but these children appreciated the touch.
We also worked in a children's clinic in Orotina, where we massaged disabled children and their parents, many of whom traveled from several hours away to experience massage. During the sessions, we worked with clothed individuals on massage tables; mats; regular chairs; and in wheelchairs, depending on their conditions.
We worked with elderly patients at a home called Albergue del Anciano ("Inn of the Ancients") in Quepos. This was particularly rewarding, as many of the patients told us about their lives, and expressed their happiness over having visitors. One man who had been paralyzed for years miraculously experienced some movement in his legs after a massage by Elvis and Amanda! Despite the disfiguring conditions of many patients, most were proud to be in their 80s and commented that they wanted to live longer.
Most of the places where we worked were small, run-down clinics. There was a great deal of poverty, but the patients were clean and well-cared-for by the nurses and staff members, who showed a lot of love and dedication. The staff also seemed to appreciate the attention and touch we provided to their patients.
We learned so much and fought back many tears during this humbling experience. We found the Ticos (native Costa Ricans) to be very kind, humorous and generous people. We were often reminded of how fortunate we are to have our health, and of the relative wealth many of us enjoy in the United States. We learned how to use our massage skills to reach out in ways we hadn't known were possible - it was truly amazing.
Plans for future expeditions are already underway. If you would like more information, please contact Elvis Mairena at (732) 754-4963.
The following expedition volunteers can be contacted with comments and/or questions:
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