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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
For Pets and Practitioners, Animal Massage is a "Paws"itive Experience
By Rebecca J. Razo
Don't be alarmed. Just as an increasing number of people are turning to massage therapy to treat everything from injuries and chronic muscle pain to migraine headaches, so are they utilizing massage to treat the animals in their lives, whether domestic or working companions. And much like their human counterparts, the animals are responding well.
According to Animal Massage and Therapies (AMTIL), an organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of massage and other holistic therapies for animals, massage therapy assists animals in many of the same ways it benefits humans by increasing flexibility and circulation, aiding in pain relief, enhancing performance, and promoting general health and wellness. AMTIL also notes that massage can "restore enjoyment of touch to animals whose history includes abuse or neglect; provide early detection of conditions requiring veterinary care; and deepen bonding and trust between animals and their caretakers."
Jonathan Rudinger is the developer of PetMassage™ and founder of The PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute in Toledo, Ohio, a unique training facility that offers workshops for pet owners, veterinary practitioners, and other massage therapists. PetMassage is a gentle technique that incorporates variations of traditional massage, acupressure, positional release, Healing Touch and animal communication - a combination that helps facilitate a "spiritual connection between owners and their pets," according to Rudinger.
"Massage involves major interaction between people and animals," Rudinger says of the differences between massage and petting. "Petting is sort of mindless. [Massage] involves intention and the specific use of techniques. It is mindful and respectful; [the animals] need you to be totally focused."
With this in mind, Rudinger's institute recently created an indoor labyrinth, which not only helps dogs increase their flexibility and awareness, but also enables pet owners to embark on a spiritual journey with their beloved furry friends. The PetMassage Institute is also home to WaterWorks: a doggy health club that involves the application of advanced massage techniques in an indoor heated swimming pool.
The PetMassage Training and Research Institute is also thought to be the only national organization currently conducting valid animal massage research. The institute learned how to conduct research projects with the guidance of Dr. Tiffany Field, a leading massage therapy researcher with the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami's School of Medicine.
To date, the PetMassage Training and Research Institute has evaluated two dozen dogs and will publish its findings after several hundred dogs have been thoroughly studied.
The animal massage phenomenon has also captured the attention of the mainstream media. Over the last year, dozens of articles in magazines and newspapers throughout the country have profiled massage therapists who work with animals, including dogs, cats, horses, and even elephants.
In February, an article from the AFP newswire in New Delhi, India, featured a story about American massage therapist Elke Riesterer, who works with elephants at the Oakland Zoo, in Oakland, Calif. Riesterer was invited to work with several elephants in captivity in an elephant colony near the Indian capital. Using a technique called "touch healing," Riesterer begins by working on the elephants' feet, proceeding up each leg and eventually working her way to the ears, face and tail.
Though animal massage is slowly but surely building steam, some states prohibit anyone other than doctors of veterinary medicine from practicing, effectively limiting the field for many aspiring animal massage therapists.* Nevertheless, those who do work with animals find it very rewarding.
"The future is going to be exciting," Rudinger enthused. "I predict there will be more animal massage therapists than groomers and trainers in the next 10 years because it has value, is available and affordable."
*For more information about your state's laws regarding animal massage, click here.
Visit the following Web sites for more information on animal massage and holistic animal therapies.
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