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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
Massage Therapists Find Olympic Experience Rewarding
By Editorial Staff
In August, Massage Today (MT) reported that two massage therapists appointed by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and 100 international massage therapists selected by the Athens Health Services Sports Massage Team (AHSSMT) were headed to Athens, Greece, to provide massage during the 2004 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.1
While the two USOC-appointed therapists worked exclusively with athletes from the U.S., the AHSSMT, which was organized in part by Massachusetts massage therapist Anna Gammal, a native of Greece, and George Kousaleos, a second-generation Greek and founder of the CORE Institute in Fla., worked with athletes from around the globe.
Organizing the AHSSMT was a two-year process -- one that Gammal believes was well worth the effort, according to a narrative she wrote and provided to MT."Massage therapy was a big success at these Olympic Games," the narrative said. "In total, we gave about 5,500 massages to Olympic athletes - 3,500 at the Olympic Village and 2,000 at the Olympic venues where therapists were assigned. This was a huge number for only 100 massage therapists."2
Although working with the athletes was memorable, Gammal notes that one of the most worthwhile aspects of her experience was having the opportunity to educate native Greek health professionals, such as medical doctors and physiotherapists, about the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy. "... Massage therapy is not just for 'relaxation,' as is the common belief in Greece, but a truly therapeutic and important health service ... if I [have] help[ed] bring this understanding to the health community in my home country, then this Olympic adventure may have afforded me the chance of helping far more people than I imagined," she remarked.2
Kousaleos agrees, noting that oftentimes people from other countries are not familiar with the wide-reaching benefits of massage therapy. "Each day brought opportunities to share and communicate with elite athletes and their coaches, who were so thankful for the sports massage services our team provided. Many came from countries that don't have professional massage therapy, but utilize manual therapies as a part of physiotherapy or other medical specialties. These athletes were especially impressed with the skills of the massage therapists in full-body massage that supported a heavy training regimen. Their prior experience with massage therapy was injury- and region-specific."3
Christine Tan, a massage therapist from New York City, was one of two therapists appointed to the USOC's 46-person volunteer medical staff. For Tan, the most rewarding part of the Olympic experience was knowing that the athletes appreciated the massage treatments. "It's amazing to be among the U.S. and world's best athletes," Tan said. "This is the most stressful time of their lives; it's good to see them feeling better on a daily basis."4
Volunteering at the Olympics had such a profound influence on Tan that she is contemplating pursuing additional education related to athletic training. "It was an incredible experience. I highly recommend every [therapist] go through the [USOC] volunteer process. It is possible for anyone to go to the Olympics that wants to."4
From working with the athletes, to interacting with people from around the world, to simply performing a labor of love, one thing is clear: the Olympic experience was meaningful to the massage therapists involved.
"Each day in the Olympic Village I would contemplate the amazing opportunity that I had been given to come back to the birthplace of my grandparents to be a meaningful part of the 2,700-year history of the Olympics and its return to Greece," said Kousaleos thoughtfully. "I would look to the heavens and thank each of my 'papous and yiayias' [grandfathers and grandmothers] for the courage it took to leave their beloved country 100 years earlier to come to America and build a life that has supported all of their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. I know they were watching and beatifically smiling with appreciation, love and joy for all who made these Games so very special."3
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