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The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
Touching and Listening
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
In the Mediterranean climate of central California, it is difficult to predict the timing of the winter rains. During the high summer and long, hot fall, a persistent zone of high pressure sits off the coast, a nd storm tracks simply veer around it. When the high finally breaks down, the storms move in, settling the dust and bringing the sound of rain to soothe our ears. The needed moisture starts the process of sprouting and growth. This winter's heavy December rains foretell that, and by the time you read this, the hills will have turned bright green and daffodils will be blooming white and gold in gardens. We are not so distant from our human beginnings that the sounds of rain and the sight of growing plants fail to soothe us. What affects us emotionally ties strongly into our abilities to cope with and recover from the stresses of life.
The importance of the ties between mind and body has been stressed by physician and cardiac specialist Bernard Lown.1 Lown notes a study in which hospital patients that had rooms with a view of a tree recovered more quickly than those with rooms facing only parking lots. What we see and feel matters. More pointedly, Lown underscores the importance of the human connection to the outcomes of medical practice. The loss of many of those connections to the exclusive use of tests and technology has become an expensive detriment to recovery.
As practitioners of touch therapies, Lown's words are as relevant to us as they are to physicians. Our effectiveness as practitioners strongly depends on our choice of words, body language, and willingness to listen to our clients. Lown particularly emphasizes the importance of listening to the client to take a detailed history. The listening process gleans the information to assess the chief complaint, but also uncovers what underlies that complaint in the context of the client's life and coping processes. Many times, the chief complaint is only the entry ticket to the practitioner's office. As with a ticket to a show, to pay attention only to that ticket is to miss the show itself.
Lown also stresses the importance of touch to the practitioner/client relationship, noting that, after touch is involved in the examination process, the client's underlying concerns often flow forth much more freely. The simple act of touch has established a connection of trust that was not there before. Bevis Nathan, a British osteopath, has written a thorough review of touch within the therapeutic relationship of manual practice. Within that context, Nathan has taken the important step of considering the therapeutic effects of the touch connection itself:
Terry Orlick, a sports-performance coach, divides a life of pursuing excellence into "gold" and "green" zones.3 The gold zone is one of absolute focus and striving toward a goal; the green zone contains pursuits of balance, connection, and relaxation. Orlick notes that ongoing stress, particularly in the absence of coping strategies, opens one up to health problems. In contrast, positive, uplifting activities - joyful experiences - strengthen our immune systems and aid healing and recovery. The positive body language, encouraging words, and, perhaps most important, time that a massage practitioner shares with clients are such positive experiences. Relaxation, the focus of pursuits and the quality of our presence guides our techniques when facilitating healing and wellness. We make the greatest contribution to our clients' lives by touching and listening.
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