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Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
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.
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.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
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, etc.
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.
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.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
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.
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!
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."
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.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
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.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
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.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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.
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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