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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.
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."
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?"
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
News In Brief
By Editorial Staff
COMTA Executive Director Announces Retirement
Carole Ostendorf, executive director of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), has announced she will retire this summer.Ostendorf, who has been with COMTA for the last five years, is expected to leave her post in June.
"My time with COMTA has provided an opportunity to learn, to meet many passionate and committed individuals in the field of massage therapy and bodywork, and to share their vision for the field," said Ostendorf in a COMTA press release. "It has been a privilege to participate in the development of educational standards within this developing profession."
Under Ostendorf's leadership, COMTA received U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognition as the only agency to accredit massage and bodywork educational institutions. Ostendorf's departure will coincide with the commission's June 2004 USDE-recognition renewal hearing in Washington, D.C. COMTA is currently seeking to fill open positions. For information, visit www.comta.org.
Historical Massage Museum Debuts in Washington
After 20 years in development, the World of Massage Museum (WOMM) officially opened its doors April 2-3 in Spokane, Wash.
The WOMM, created from the private collection of artifacts by Massage Magazine publisher Robert Calvert and his wife, Judi, will include 6,000 square feet of exhibits, including prints, paintings and drawings; massage tables and chairs; liniments; body rollers; instructional aids; and a library. Among the collection of items is a 1,000-year-old jade massage knuckle from China, and a massage couch, circa 1885.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday and has a store with various massage supplies available for purchase. Visit www.worldofmassagemuseum.com for more information.
New Leadership in NCBTMB's Future
As of April 5, Christine Niero, PhD, officially resigned her position as executive director for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Niero served as executive director for seven years during which time the NCBTMB received accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
"Christine has been a true asset to this organization," said NCBTMB Chair, Garnet Adair. "We understand her desire to pursue other opportunities in the credentialing arena, and we wish her nothing but the best."
According to one insider, the current NCBTMB system is "thought by many to be less than user friendly; many in the professional massage industry hope that this change in senior staff represents a new era in the relationship NCBTMB has with its certificants and stakeholders."
William Stoehs, a public member on the board, has been named to chair the executive director search committee. In the interim, Susan Nicolais will act as NCBTMB's primary contact.
A Life of Organized Crime? Fuhgeddaboudit! Former "Mobster" Pursues Career in Massage Therapy
If it's true that any publicity is good publicity, then the "hits" scored by the massage therapy profession on the March 14 and April 4 episodes of the HBO crime/drama series, "The Sopranos," should fare better than "a rat in The Program" (Translation: a snitch in the Witness Protection Program).
After 15 years behind bars, Tony Blundetto is out and ready to make a new life for himself. "I got my associate's degree already," he tells his mob-boss cousin, Tony Soprano, over breakfast. "Took me five years," he continues. "And now like only six months more for my massage license." "So you wanna run a massage parlor?" Soprano grunts.
But Blundetto, played by actor Steve Buscemi, is unmoved. Newly indoctrinated into the culture of bodywork, he soberly informs "Big T" that he fully intends to play it straight by becoming a "licensed massage therapist." Later in the same episode, Blundetto whips out his massage chair to practice his technique on some of Soprano's crew.
And massage was referenced again in the April 4 episode: Blundetto, clearly up on his physiology studies, questions a medical doctor about the injuries of a friend involved in a car accident. Impressed by his knowledge, the doctor asks, "Are you a physician?" "No," Blundetto replies matter-of-factly, "I'm a pre-board certified massage therapist."
No word yet on whether Blundetto will join the AMTA or ABMP.
Nothing to Get Stressed About
Massage therapists know stress - they see it manifested in the bodies of their clients every day in the form of pain, headaches and hypertension. Left untreated - or worse, undetected - stress can have lasting physical and emotional consequences. Believing the key to combating stress lies in its immediate detection, New York massage therapist Michael De Feo invented the Portable Tension and Stress Detector, a battery-operated device about the size of a cell phone that warns users with a low audible sound when stress levels in the body begin to rise. The device is small enough to fit into a pocket or handbag.
Users attach one to three of the device's electrodes to any muscle group in the body that holds stress, such as the neck or shoulder muscles. The electrodes monitor the electrical impulses from the nerves in the muscle group; when tension in those muscles exceeds the preset level, the device notifies the user. Users can then make conscious efforts to lower their stress levels through deep breathing, imagery, or meditation techniques.
De Feo affirms that over time, use of the Portable Tension and Stress Detector will teach users to stop the stress before it even starts. "It teaches people how to stay calm," he said in an interview with The Journal News. "After using it for awhile, you don't need to use it anymore because you get to know how to stay in a relaxed state."1
De Feo, who is searching for a manufacturer for the device, is currently working with an engineer on a wireless version. For more information, contact Michael De Feo at 914-967-7369.
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