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Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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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