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The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
How Far Does Your Touch Reach?
By Doreen Rossi, LMT, NCTMB
April in New England: The City of Boston is preparing for opening day at Fenway Park, tulips and daffodils are beginning to bloom, and one of the most prestigious events in the running world - the Boston Marathon - will take place.As the marathon approaches, I think back on this time last year, when I had the privilege of volunteering my services as a massage therapist for the benefit of these elite runners.
It was my second year dedicated to caring for this small team of elite athletes. It's heartwarming to walk into the nerve center of the organization and be greeted by so many familiar faces - an occurrence that makes a year seem not so long - and it is even more gratifying to be recognized by the athletes. There are many New England massage therapists who have gone to the Boston Marathon at one time or another to volunteer pre- or post-event massage services, during which time therapists hear some of the individual stories of the runners.
In the center, we are fortunate to have the opportunity for greater interaction with the athletes, as opposed to providing a brief massage under the tents. Here, we see the athletes coming in up to a week early to acclimate to time changes and weather conditions, and to recover from jet lag. On their schedules are media events, planned appearances and course tours. The massage room is available to all elite athletes. In a corner of the building is a quiet, secluded room with privacy partitions, dim lighting, and music. This is their massage room, where they can truly unwind from a harrowing flight and scheduled commitments. As with any performance, nerves can be frayed. We work out the kinks and knots, enhance their stretching routines, loosen their tight muscles, and sometimes, simply help them relax.
As the week prior to the marathon draws to an end, Friday is typically the last day any athlete will want deep tissue work. On Saturday, some athletes will come in looking for moderate relaxation, and - on rare occasions - some will need deeper work for a stubborn muscle. Sunday may bring in a few athletes in need of quiet escape and more relaxing touch. Then, on Monday (race day), we see "our" elite athletes board the buses that will take them to the start of the race, 26 miles away in Hopkinton. As they anticipate the feat before them, we break down our quiet room and move our location to set up for their return to the finish line back here in Boston.
Our race day location is in the ballroom of a local hotel and consists of an athlete recovery and triage area. Here, we offer post-event massage. Although only one man and woman can win the marathon, some athletes are pleased they have achieved their personal goals; some believe their performance was a good workout; and others write it off as a bad day. Either way, our job is done for one more year. We head back to our private practices while the athletes begin to think of the next race to focus on.
Having been a part of the team for just two years, I cannot begin to comprehend the far-reaching impact each therapist's touch has had on the many athletes that have passed through this treatment room. In listening to the stories of my colleagues, whose experience with the Boston Marathon elite runners range from five to 15 years, the impact is significant!
This year, we had the privilege of meeting and working with Benjamin Kimutai from the Kenyan team. In addition to being a premier distance runner, Benjamin is also a massage therapist. He came prepared with his stretching rope, ready to be an active participant in his own treatment. This was only his second marathon, but he finished just behind the winner.
In a post-marathon media interview, he stated that regular massage therapy is an important part of his preparation and training. One never knows how far-reaching touch can be. Did the massage team for elite runners at the Boston Marathon have something to do with the addition of sports massage at the Kenyan training facility? I'd like to think so. Just like I believe that our touch had a lot to do with the athletes being able to "get down" on the dance floor six hours after completing the grueling event.
During the week I spent in the elites' massage therapy room, athletes of all nations came in for some kind of treatment. Clearly, there are no language barriers in massage therapy. People of all nations have been on our tables - literally, "in our hands" - and have plainly made their needs understood. This helped me realize that the touch of massage therapy can undeniably transcend language barriers and reach across to other nations.
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