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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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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