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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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
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?
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
The Road is Still Long
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The practice of massage has come a long way in our lifetime. I'm sure that those who have been practicing for 20 or more years see it much more than I do, but even a practitioner in the field for only five years can experience how far we have come in capability and public awareness.
The very first massage I received was in the health club of the Sheraton Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal in 1979.I was in the Naval Reserve, and my journey home was delayed for a day after a period of active-duty training. To kill time I used the health club; when signing in, I was asked if I wanted a massage. I remember being taken aback and not having a clue what massage was about. I am pleased I answered in the affirmative because the experience was very positive and was, no doubt, part of my "destiny."
In the 80s I had several careers that necessitated travel. Long days, airplane seats, and hustling through airports with a garment bag on one shoulder and golf clubs on the other did nothing to alleviate nagging low back pain. But massage therapists did! In the 80s, determining whether massage was legitimate or a front for sexual services was difficult at best. More than once I was unpleasantly surprised before becoming a more informed consumer.
Since entering the field of massage therapy in the early 90s, the need to become an educated consumer has decreased significantly. At least in my part of the country, there is little if any massage advertising that fronts for prostitution. (The one establishment that did was shut down in the spring.) While tiny ads in urban newspapers may advertise, "Tokyo Rose Massage, body shampoos, open 24 hours, 12 masseuses, credit cards accepted," no one but the most naíve confuses these services for actual massage services. This improvement has been through the efforts of many to educate the public on the true benefits of what we do.
Since entering this profession I have witnessed public dissemination of research news on massage efficacy from the Touch Research Institute, the Massage Therapy Foundation and others, and peer reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. I have seen the establishment of such positive public relations programs as ABMP's International Massage Week and AMTA's Massage Therapy Awareness Week. The NCBTMB developed a certification program, and advertises heavily to the public on the benefits of skilled, ethical massage therapists. We don't necessarily have to be members of ABMP or AMTA, or be nationally certified to benefit from their actions. The public is made more aware every day. It's working!
I wish we could now let our guard down, but unfortunately we can't. As far as we have come, there are still those whose lack of knowledge works to keep us from proceeding positively. My local newspaper reported recently* on a town whose board of selectmen was deliberating on whether to permit a nonprofit group to use a community center to conduct a poker tournament as a fundraiser.
One town selectman, who is also the chief of police, was quoted by the paper as saying, "Now they want to have gambling at the Community Center. We're turning into Sin City. Before you know it there will be massage tables on the side of the street." With all due respect to the chief, I can't think of anything much healthier for a community than to have massage tables on the side of its streets! It was obvious to me that he was making a reference to prostitution, not massage, but the ignorance of that remark by an individual in a position of authority is most disturbing.
As upsetting as the chief's remark was, the staff writer for the paper made the outcome even worse! In an apparent attempt to generate interest in the article, the chief's picture with the clip of his quote was side-barred, so that visually the article with headline and side bar read, "Selectman: Town becoming 'Sin City.' Before you know it there will be massage tables on the side of the street."
I have spent over a decade trying to exorcise that doubt about massage in the public's perception; coverage of a side comment as unapprised as this just plants it again in the minds of the unknowing. The road is indeed long.
Thanks for listening!
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*Source: The Eagle Tribune, Sept. 28, 2004. www.eagletribune.com.
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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