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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
Survey Shows CAM Popular Among Military Personnel
Massage Therapy Used Most Frequently
By Editorial Staff
In August, Massage Today reported that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) released survey results relative to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in the United States.The survey found that 75 percent of respondents had used some form of CAM at some point in their lives, while 62 percent reported using CAM in the previous 12 months (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/01.html).1
The results of a similar survey published in the May 2004 issue of Military Medicine confirm the results of the NCCAM's survey, with the additional finding that military families are among those that routinely use CAM therapies. Topping the list of most frequently used therapies was massage.2
Researchers distributed 400 surveys to active and retired military personnel and their family members, ages 18 to 83, in four outpatient clinics in the northwest region of the U.S. Surveys were random, anonymous and self-administered, and asked questions related to the frequency of use and effectiveness of 18 CAM therapies: massage therapy, nutritional food supplements, herbal supplements, exercise therapy, chiropractic, music therapy, relaxation therapy, aromatherapy, meditation, magnet therapy, biofeedback, acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, naturopathy, homeopathy, qi gong, and hypnotherapy.
As part of the evaluation, the survey listed several medical conditions and asked respondents to report on whether they used CAM as a method of treatment for any of the ailments. These included lower back pain, stress, weight loss, neck pain, headaches, knee pain, upper back pain, shoulder pain, anxiety, health prevention [preventative medicine], depression, migraines, colds, hip pain, wrist pain, stomach pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, pelvic pain, sinus pain, viral conditions, and fibromyalgia.
Of the 400 surveys distributed, 291 patients responded. The average survey respondent was 39-years-old; 54 percent were men and 46 percent were women. Forty-six percent of the respondents were on active military duty, while 18 percent were retired and 36 percent were family members. Of the total number of respondents, 235 used at least one form of CAM (81 percent). Additionally, CAM users reported they believed treatment was effective between 81 percent and 98 percent of the time, except when treatment included qi gong, magnets and hypnotherapy, which were reported to be effective between 60 percent and 67 percent of the time.
Massage therapy, nutritional supplements and exercise rounded out the top three most frequently used therapies. Table 1 reflects the complete findings.
The study then asked respondents to rate their use of CAM for several conditions; these results appear in Table 2.
When asked whether patients wanted military medical treatment facilities to offer CAM and if they would be willing to pay for CAM services, 69 percent said they would like CAM services offered, but only 24 percent of those would be willing to pay for them. Ten percent of the patients would not want CAM offered, 31 percent of which would not pay for CAM treatment. Lastly, 21 percent and 44 percent of the respondents were undecided as to whether they wanted CAM offered and if they would pay for CAM services, respectively.
The report notes four limitations to the study, including: 1) "the level of past exposure, experience, or influence that each respondent has had with CAM therapies, which may influence their response to the questionnaire"; 2) "... only certain medical conditions were listed on the survey, which limited the patient's choice response"; 3) "... the region in which the survey was taken may have influenced the proportion of CAM use ... there [is] generally a higher use of CAM in the western region of the United States compared with the east, and this survey was conducted in an area that nationally has a higher percentage of CAM providers"; and 4) "CAM users are usually found to be predominantly in higher income brackets, have higher levels of education and are of middle age ... income and education was not measured."2
Study limitations notwithstanding, these survey results clearly show that CAM, especially massage therapy, has made a positive impact on military personnel and their families.
"Active duty soldiers, retirees, and their family members are turning increasingly toward CAM therapies," the authors note. "It is equally clear that in spite of cost (out-of-pocket or subsidized), they would prefer that these services be offered within the military treatment facility...which may clearly reflect a desire by the patient for better continuity of care.
"The need to further investigate CAM therapies and to consider integrating these practices at military treatment facilities should be further evaluated," the report concluded.2
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