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Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
We've Made It!
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Massage therapy has finally arrived as a significant player in health care. How do I know? From the article, "Setting the Record Straight," by Rebecca J. Razo in the June issue of this fine publication (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/02.html).When I read that well-written article, my heart jumped with joy. I shouted, "Alright, we're there - we've finally gotten to them!" Massage has finally tripped the radar of the allopaths, and they have begun their typical attack.
The medical "cartel" does this whenever some product or procedure begins to affect their bottom line. They start attacking it, trying to discredit it. Their first effort is always to scare people away from alternative providers and products, and back into their clutches by labeling the alternative dangerous, unsafe, unproven, blah, blah, blah.
If they can't accomplish that, they demand to control access to the alternative. If you haven't noticed, they have been pulling this same cowardly, poverty conscious routine on the chiropractic profession for decades. They go after any natural food supplement, herb or remedy that becomes popular and negatively impacts the sale of pharmaceuticals. The highest acknow-ledgement the medical-pharmaceutical cartel can give is its effort to eliminate or control you. It is the true measure of your success and effectiveness.
Do not get down about this "hit" piece; it is great news! We are hurting the allopath's bottom line. We are reaching enough people that they are getting upset. This is just the first of many hit pieces to come. Rejoice! Don't worry; be happy! It means we are winning. The allopaths' efforts have not stopped the growth of chiropractic, and they will not stop the growth of massage, unless we sell out to the allopaths by giving control to them.
I have carefully observed the attacks on DCs and the natural food and supplement industries for many years. This hit piece against massage perfectly fits the pattern they used against chiropractic. The media always allows some individual physician to make outrageous, unchallenged statements about some product or alternative therapy that sound plausible to the untrained lay person. When challenged, the physician backpedals, but the media never does an effective retraction. If they even do one at all, they bury it or minimize it.
When Dr. Robert Gotlin was challenged, he said, "Massage therapy is an excellent modality choice if not contraindicated." Well, duh - If that is what he really believes, why didn't he say that? He is like a racist saying, "I'm not a racist, some of my best friends are black, Asian, Indian, etc." The good doctor (I'm being generous here) expresses his real complaint when he says his concern is for those who self- treat without seeking appropriate medical care. What this means is, he thinks doctors should be in control of who can receive massage. He wants his office visit fee; he wants to control who can get massage, how often, and what type. Dr. Gotlin says he does not care if someone without pain gets a nice, relaxing massage. You see, that is all they thought we were doing. That is why they have left us alone this long. Now they are figuring out what massage can really do (and is doing) and they want control of it - to suppress it. (Hey, you up there in New York; anyone ever gotten a referral from the good Dr. Gotlin?)
I wonder how concerned Dr. Gotlin is about the 783,936 people murdered each year - (oh, come on Ralph, don't use such emotionally inflammatory language); all right, just killed - by his conventional medicine "colleagues" in America? (Oh, by the way: Those are just the ones they admit to in their own publications.) The leading cause of death and injury in America is the medical system. Talk about dangerous, unsafe and unproven! What about the 2.2 million people per year having in-hospital adverse reactions to prescription drugs; the 7.5 million unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually; or the 8.9 million people hospitalized unnecessarily each year?
Why isn't Dr. Gotlin -- or the media -- concerned about this? For the answer, just follow the money trail. You should read the study, "Death by Medicine" at www.lef.org/magazine/mag2004/mar2004_awsi_death_01.htm.** We should be sharing it with everyone we can. The public needs to know how it is being systematically abused by the medical-pharmaceutical cartel, and its blind trust in the "conventional medical system" needs to be broken.
When this happens, people will begin to take better care of themselves, and alternative providers will come to the forefront of health care, where they should be. Kudos to the 10,000-plus licensed massage therapists in New York who are doing such good work. New York has a strong massage law, higher than average standards, and its own exam -- and it's working. Keep those storefronts open and keep helping people!
Something to think about: To those who believe "It is a massage, not brain surgery"; that there is no need to increase entry-level standards because it cannot be proven that therapists with 500 hours of training or fewer cause harm; or resist regulation, licensure, standards, and continuing education, one observant reader asks, "Why are our associations billing us for 3-to-6-million-dollar malpractice/liability insurance policies?" Why are massage therapists joining organizations just to get insurance and why are they carrying so much of it? Hmm....
A Practical Massage Tip: Fascia is not inert connective tissue that merely transitions from a more dense "gel" state to its more fluid "sol" state. It is densely innervated with mechanoreceptors, which respond to appropriate manual pressure, lowering sympathetic tonus. Fascia also contains smooth muscle fibers, allowing the nervous system to tension the fascial sheaths. One type of fascial pressure receptor group, the Ruffini ending, responds to tangential pressures and lateral stretch, lowering sympathetic nervous system activity. Next time you are holding a stubborn tender point or trigger point, try adding slight, subtle sideways pressure, preferably cross-fiber and see if you get a faster or larger release or change in the tissue. See you in September - when I will weigh in on the "medical massage" debate. Have a great summer!
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