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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!
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
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.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
What Are My Choices?
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer lotions, oils, analgesics, linen cleaners and other similar items - all important components of a successful massage practice.
All in One Linens: Tel: 866-299-0803; Web: www.allinonelinens.com.
Aviana Body Products and Body Work: Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all individuals, including those living with cancer, pain or extreme stress. Based on meticulous study of ancient wisdom and healing techniques, coupled with the latest scientific studies, we have developed our products and services with loving intent to provide gentle, therapeutic support and to help remind the mind-body-spirit of its inherent wholeness and healing power. Products/Services: Products include a signature blend of nine essential oils in an all-natural massage oil, essential oil, body lotion and body mist, as well as a post-breast cancer support pillow. Tel: 717-533-1759; Web: www.avianabody.com; E-mail: .
Beauty with Nature: Has been making products especially for massage practitioners since 1995. We focus on products that maintain the maximum purity possible and are very competitive in the marketplace. Products/Services: Massage lotion, massage oil, massage balm, essential oils, paraffin wax, oil-removing laundry detergent, visco-memory foam pillows, massage tables, private labeling. Tel: 888-295-6457; E-mail: .
Best of Nature: Tel: 800-228-6457; Web: www.bestofnature.com.
biO2 Cosmeceuticals International: One of the nation's leaders is post recovery and anti-aging products for the physicians market. Our products have been clinically tested for safety and effectiveness at a major university with astounding results. We have been selling to leading physicians worldwide for over seven years. Let us show YOU how to enter the fast growing and profitable anti-aging market. Products/Services: include a complete line of anti-aging products based on our exclusive ingredient Amino-Plex. Tel: 800-499-1372; Web: www.oxymist.com; E-mail: .
Boston Jojoba Company: Boston Jojoba grows jojoba seed on its Arizona farm. It sells the extract of the seed, world-wide, to massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, aromatherapists, schools, spas, resorts, retail health stores and manufacturers of professional and personal care products. Products/Services: Expeller pressed HobaCare Jojoba (100% Pure). HobaCare Jojoba is certified organic. Tel: 800-256-5622; Web: www.bostonjojoba.com; E-mail: .
Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skin Care & Cosmetics: The premier line of Skin Care, Facial Foundation, Bath, Body and Spa products is currently celebrating 60 years of proven results. Contains pharmaceutical and natural grade ingredients. The Gerda Spillmann line carries the prestigious "Swiss Crossbow" symbol of quality and excellence. No animals are harmed in the production of Gerda Spillmann products. Products/Services: Complete line of Skin Care, Facial Foundation, Bath, Body and Spa Products. Professional Back bar sizes available. Tel: 800 282-3223; Web: www.gerdaspillmann.com; E-mail: .
Green Valley Aromatherapy: was founded in 1995 and enjoys an excellent reputation in the industry. Our team includes trained aromatherapists who are keenly aware of purity and quality issues. Their attention to detail ensures consistent, highest quality products and ethical business dealings. Our research into new products, suppliers and health information makes us responsive to changes that occur within the industry. We are committed to providing you with top-quality products sourced from around the world. Products/Services: Over 85 therapeutic grade, pure essential oils, carrier oils and bases, Retail Ready line, All Natural skincare line. Tel: 877-572-7662; Web: www.57aromas.com; E-mail: .
Khepra Skin Care, Inc.: All Khepra Skin Care products are based on the study of ancient Egyptian healers, who were some of the first to use the art of aromatherapy and the blending of essential oils to provide healing benefits. These ancient healers were renowned for their seemingly magical balms and ointments, many of which were blends of natural beeswax and certain rare essential oils. This is the basis for nearly all Khepra products. Products/Service: Khepra Foot Balm, Khepra Oasis Breeze Massage Therapy Lotion, Khepra Nefertiti's Touch Massage Therapy Lotion, Khepra Unscented Massage Therapy Lotion, Khepra Egyptian Aura Massage Oil, Khepra Essence of the Nile Massage Oil, Khepra Unscented Massage Oil, Khepra Skin Therapy Créme, Khepra Cuticle Oil, Khepra Foot Spray. Tel: 800-367-9799; Web: www.khepracare.com; E-mail: .
O'Malley & Potter: Help alleviate pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, stress, and more. Augment your body/energy work with lotions formulated with therapeutic quality essential oils. Claudia O'Malley's pain relief products developed from her own need to find relief from fibromyalgia symptoms and its related disorders. As she discovered the "remedies" she made for herself gave more relief than the prescriptions from the doctors, she shared these lotions with others, and soon a clientele was formed, and then a thriving business. "Feel-Good" Products/Services: Muscle Relief, "It Hurts Everywhere" Relief, Stress-Headache-and-Bodyache Relief, Inflammation Relief, Blue Magic, Fluid Retention Relief, Myofascial Release Relief, Synergy blend Inhalers, and much more. Newly added "Pamper" Products include: Perfume, Body Oils, Body Powders, Milk & Honey Lotions, Shea Body Butters, and Bath Salts. Please go to our web site for detailed information regarding use, and product ingredients - all pure and natural - no alcohol or petroleum products. Tel: 425-788-8174; Web: feelgoodproducts.com; Email: .
Performance Health: Tel: 800-Bio Freeze; Web: www.biofreeze.com.
Thermal Comfort Inc.: Tel: 866-660-WARM; Web: www.thermalcomfortinc.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.
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