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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
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.
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.
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 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
Of Cabbages and Kings
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The elections are coming, the elections are coming! Once again, a majority of the minority who vote will decide our fate for another few years. The candidates say it is the most important election of their lifetimes. Well of course they think that! How often does one get to run for president of the United States? They are trying to make this a very emotional election. Voting should never be emotional; it should be logical and rational. I want to share an e-mail I received from my 93-year-old Aunt Lynnette. She's not a "spammer." She sent the following bit of philosophy:
Where do you think we are now? My guess is number six or higher. You have the opportunity to make things better. Get involved in the upcoming election - vote. If you don't vote, don't complain. Better yet, get out and meet the candidates. Let them know that alternative-providers vote. Try to get them to promise to protect our right to practice and the people's rights to come to us, especially in any government-care program.
If you believe in herbs and supplements, you might want to urge the candidates to keep the government (the Food and Drug Administration) out of the supplement business, and protect our rights to purchase supplements and remedies freely. If you don't agree with me, urge them to do whatever you desire - just get involved. And remember, legislators write and pass laws; governors and presidents just sign them. Legislators are much easier to meet and talk to.
Both presidential candidates have their proposals to solve the "health care crisis." Neither of their proposals address the 700,000-plus people killed by the current "health care" system each year. Both candidates' proposals will increase this number by making more people dependent on the existing "traditional medical system." Only alternative health care providers offer true health care, and this will be lost if we are "integrated" into the traditional medical monopoly, either voluntarily (as is happening now) or by some government program.
If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it is free. The government that controls the health of its people controls its people. Politicians will never bring about peace or health - they benefit from neither. Both peace and health begin in the heart of the individual and spread from there. Peace and health are individual responsibilities (not rights). Politicians are a reflection of the state of our society. Until individuals change, society and its politicians will not change, and violence will rage on.
So do not put much hope in any politician or party. Have faith in yourself and your fellow man. Study health (not sickness) care, and implement its principles. Learn the ways of peace and live them. Your example to those you touch can change your community; community by community, the world is changed. A yearly conference to help facilitate this movement has been organized. For information about it see: www.himalayaninstitute.org/slconference. Unfortunately, the ways of peace take time, so in the meantime, get out and participate! First think, and then vote.
The Medical Massage Debate
The term "medical massage" has become a popular subject lately. What I have seen recently in the pages of Massage Today, with the exception of Vivian Madison-Mahoney's excellent column in the July issue (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/07/09.html), is nothing more than individuals trying to gain control of the current "hot term" for their own individual gain. They are either trying to catch the wave or steer it. It's all about money and ego, and a form of "King of the Hill." Don't buy into it. What's the big deal about using the term "medical" in front of massage anyway? Could it be that massage doesn't kill enough people to be worthy of the term?
The last thing we need right now is another lowest-common denominator certification program. Therapists who are studying advanced techniques to better serve their patients do not need to be impeded by the political agendas that accompany every certification program I have seen in this profession. They do not need to have fear put into them, they need to be encouraged and commended. Further, other than a state license where available/required, nothing should be promoted as a credential for insurance billing. Whoever wants to work for an insurance company should be allowed to. They will more than earn their money. Anyone who tries to restrict access to insurance reimbursement by promoting phony-baloney credentials and certifications does not have the interests of massage providers or patients in mind. That's it in a nutshell.
Try This: The densely innervated fascia, which also has imbedded smooth muscle fibers, is really an actively adaptive organ, very much alive and quite responsive to massage techniques. Anatomy Professor J. Staubesand, University of Freiburg, Germany, states, "Any intervention on the fascia is also an intervention on the autonomic nervous system."
Last time, I suggested you add tangential pressure to help release a stubborn tender point or trigger point. In addition to the Ruffini endings that are responsive to lateral stretch, the fascia also contains Pacini and Paciniform mechanoreceptors (nerve endings), which respond to vibration. Their response is a Parasympathetic, or relaxation, response to the vibratory stimulation. So, if sustained pressure does not bring about the desired response in your patient's tissue, try adding vibration, either subtly while you hold the point, or as a separate stroke (stimulus) between applications of sustained pressure. See you in November.
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