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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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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."
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.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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