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An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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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