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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
Massage to Play Prominent Role at Athens Games
By Editorial Staff
The Olympic Games will return to its roots in Athens, Greece, Aug. 13-29, 2004, wherein over 10,000 athletes from 202 countries will compete in 28 sporting events, and 4,000 athletes from 145 countries will compete in 20 events in the Paralympic Games, Sept.17-28.1
This is the first Olympics to be held in Greece since the games' revival in 1896 from ancient times, making this year's event especially poignant; on hand to support the athletes as they compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals will be massage therapists from all over the world. Two of the organizations that worked to facilitate massage therapy at the Olympic Games include the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Athens Health Services Sports Massage Team 2004 (AHSSMT).
A 46-person volunteer medical staff composed of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, chiropractors, pharmaceutical experts and two massage therapists, has been organized by the USOC to work exclusively with the U.S. athletes at the sports venues, Olympic Village, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Sara M. Delano, CMT, massage therapy coordinator for the USOC, and one of two massage therapists appointed to the medical team, is thrilled to be a part of this unique experience.2,3
"Working on elite athletes of this caliber is a great honor and joy for me. Their dedication and desire to excel and perform encourages me as a massage therapist to excel at my job and do my part in helping them recover, and prepare for training and competition," she said.3
To qualify for the USOC medical team, massage therapists were required to have a minimum of 750 hours of education and five years of massage experience, a significant portion of which had to include sports massage. Additionally, massage therapy applicants were required to volunteer at one of three Olympic training camps, as well as other Olympic training events, where they were further evaluated and then invited to participate in Summer or Winter Olympic Games. Christine Tan, CMT, of New York City, was one such applicant invited to participate in the Summer Games as part of the USOC team.3
While the USOC medical team will work exclusively with U.S. athletes, volunteers with the AHSSMT, an international massage team made up of therapists from 18 countries, including England, China, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Russia and the U.S., will have the opportunity to work with athletes from around the globe.4,5
Massachusetts massage therapist Anna Gammal, a native of Greece and former 2nd and 3rd National Champion of Greece in 3,000- and 10,000-meter runs, respectively, played a key role in organizing the AHSSMT, a process that took two years.4,5,6
The Athens 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, which is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Athens games, was initially unenthusiastic about including massage therapy in the fold of athlete medical care; however, persistence reigned supreme. Gammal joined forces with CORE Institute founder and second-generation Greek, George Kousaleos, and together the two formed a committee of experienced international massage therapists to include three additional members with strong ties to the Olympics: Bryan Buckley, a team leader of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games; Roger Olbrot, Director of the Winter Sports Massage Team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics; and Stanley Mavridis, also a native of Greece and a leading sports massage therapist in London, where he works with champion track and field athletes.4,5,6
The committee drafted a proposal and presented it to the Athens Organizing Committee. The proposal was accepted, and the AHSSMT became the official international massage team accepted by the organizing committee to provide massage at the Games.
Although many countries like the U.S. will provide their own massage teams, and some athletes will likely have private massage therapists traveling with them, several thousand other athletes will not have immediate access to massage therapy. These are the athletes the AHSSMT will work with.4,6
Out of over 600 applicants, the AHSSMT was limited to teams of 100 therapists for the Olympics and 60 for the Paralympics for logistical reasons. These therapists will be assigned to work at the training venues, as well as the various sporting events and athlete residential areas; moreover, Gammal was quick to emphasize that the AHSSMT will work only with Olympic athletes, not on VIPs, family members, or members of the media, as was the case at the Sydney Games in 2000.4
Additionally, because therapists are volunteering their services, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has agreed to provide an honorarium of up to $500 to each professional active member who is a part of the AHSSMT.7
Because of their shared heritage, Gammal, Kousaleos and Mavridis are especially excited to see the Olympics return to Athens. "My maternal grandmother was a massage therapist from Greece," says Kousaleos reflectively, "The idea of bringing massage back to Athens is important at this point in time when there are no [massage] standards, no professional training."
Kousaleos and the other AHSSMT committee members hope that their efforts to bring massage to the Olympics will help raise awareness about the important role massage therapy plays in medicine and open the door to having massage recognized as a viable form of health care, as well as mandatory inclusion in the medical care offered at future Olympic Games.4,5
"It's about time massage therapy was known," asserts Gammal. "Thousands of years ago, the Greeks used massage therapy to treat their athletes."
Kousaleos agrees. "I'm hoping this is the beginning," he says, "of reinstating massage to one of its birthplaces."
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