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Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
Massage Therapists: Don't Underestimate Your Role in Health Care
By Linda Riach
Massage therapy is great stuff in all its forms. It offers relaxation in an overstressed world, sanctuary in an hour, mind-body connections for desk jockeys, performance enhancement for athletes, and, most importantly, healing for many who have looked high and low in vain for alternatives.There's virtually something for everyone. Massage is potent and transformational.
I am no different than 77 million baby boomers out there; I share the same tension headaches, weekend-warrior injuries and the need to vent my stress. But that isn't the most important part for me. I am also one of the many who deal with chronic pain. I have a deformity of my mandible that causes my jaw to dislocate and causes spasms in my head and neck. Suffice it to say that I've tried everything from acupuncture and Chinese medicine to Celebrex and Vioxx - each to varying degrees of ineffectiveness. Steroid injections can offer immediate relief, but studies show that continued usage can cause even more damage.
For years I struggled with chronic pain; even though I am a believer in, and advocate for, the power of bodywork and massage therapy, it took my own experience with traditional medicine and medical options to motivate me to take a stand for massage therapy as a profession and as a means to positively affect quality of life. For me, the only thing that has made any type of true impact is consistent massage therapy. Literally, a session with my practitioner every two weeks, with a combination of Zero Balancing, Myofascial Release and craniosacral work, is the difference between chronic pain and normal functionality.
My professional experiences with physical therapists, athletic trainers and pain-medicine physicians, as well as the astronomical growth in those industries, confirm my personal beliefs: The population is aging, pain-management practices are soaring, yet the tools for pain management are limited. This provides an unprecedented opportunity for the massage profession to take an active role as health care providers when both patients and doctors are looking for effective sources of relief. I believe that the time has come that patients are open and doctors are increasingly willing to look at what massage therapists have known all along.
With the increasing awareness of the limitations and side effects of pharmaceuticals and surgical intervention, it's not only timely but it's a responsibility of the massage profession to take its rightful place in health care. I believe it is important for the massage industry to reach out in this direction, to help develop new professional outlets for graduates and to increase the scope of professional choices open to them. Helping to expand massage therapy as a part of traditional treatment options will directly increase the quality of life for the millions who need it.
Credibility for massage therapy within medical spheres is growing with the development of industry experts who are willing to act as spokespeople and ambassadors for massage therapy to the medical community, helping to initiate and promote successful alliances and productive conversation. Those doctors, who are already open to such integrated approaches, are looking to build relationships with massage therapists who can communicate with them and whose knowledge and professionalism can serve the patients in their care.
Our professional groups, associations and organizations can, if we support them, work to develop educational programs for doctors and patients to learn about the massage and bodywork modalities that meet their needs, marketing efforts to expand the contact pool, and alliances with other health care providers to build strong working relationships. Leading researchers and educators have been developing meaningful scientific studies that back up our day-to-day experiences with massage therapy and a stock of anecdotal evidence to help cultivate the interest of the doctors and patients. We, as professionals, need to publish our findings, and we need to keep investing in research to develop the promise of our future.
Practitioners can and should have the confidence to reach out to doctors and forge those relationships. Through advanced studies built on reliable research, massage therapists can have the language to discuss what their heads and hands already know, in the language that more mainstream health care providers use.
What will massage therapy look like in the future? How will it incorporate the diversity of what it is now and what it will become in order to meet these new opportunities? There are massage schools that have built alliances with medical schools, supporting this new world of complementary medicine. They and others who follow will develop new programs for learning together. Will we have advanced degrees in massage therapy? I hope so. I also hope we will hold on to and spread the integrated body approach that makes a massage session great.
I'm not advocating a revolution and I am not every patient, but I know my experience is one of many. What I am advocating is that we help lead and mindfully participate in an evolution that is already going on around us. I am asking everyone who shares a similar vision to rise to the opportunity and take advantage of the promise - for the sake of the profession and for the sake of all those who could benefit.
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