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5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
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.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
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.
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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