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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
Medical Massage and More, Part II
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
In November, I shared my definition of medical massage, why I like the term "medical massage," and the importance of maintaining our status as first door providers (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/11/11.html).This generated some interesting responses. I want to share two of them. A physical therapist turned massage therapist wrote:
I find it amusing that as other health care professional like chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists, and even some MDs are fighting to get out of the insurance/government-controlled system and get back to cash practices, the massage profession is fighting to get in. Hoping for status, I guess, or recognition by the "gods of allopathy," or maybe ego gratification. I hope not just lust for money. There is no higher status than a first-door provider. Why not try learning our stuff - and maybe professionalism? A massage therapist, quite concerned about the egotism in medical massage, wrote:
I am one medical massage advocate that does not look down on relaxation therapists as a class and hope we never fit the Western medical model. It is just as much an art and skill to provide a high quality relaxation massage on the entire body, as it is to provide a high quality medical massage on the rotator cuff. The key words being "high quality." It is the individual's choice which area they want to specialize in. I do make a clear distinction between the two. If you look at them objectively, they share the same foundational techniques (strokes); however, they have very different intents.
Relaxation massage should intend to elicit the general parasympathetic response. It should soothe, nurture, promote and maintain wellness. If we had a health care system (we do not, we have a sickness care system), relaxation massage would be one of the premier modalities of wellness care. Relaxation massage therapists should be respected and well-paid primary providers of wellness health care; however, because I hold relaxation massage in high esteem, I believe relaxation therapists should know their anatomy, strokes, contraindications, and be very well trained, in general. It's not "just a massage"; it is wellness health care, and it should not be practiced by people with only a few weeks of training.
Medical massage exists because accidents and injuries do happen. Since wellness is not practiced in general, sickness occurs on many levels, including at the musculoskeletal level. Medical massage requires additional training, beyond the level of how to give a good full body massage. One must be able to address pain, injuries, dysfunctions, postural distortions, etc. Having knowledge about medical procedures and protocols is essential when working in a hospital, clinic, or other medical facility. So medical massage differs from relaxation massage in intent, direction (focus), scope, and quantity of training. Medical massage builds upon the foundation of relaxation massage.
However, the medical massage therapist should never lose sight of the wellness paradigm and always treat the whole person, not just the symptom. They should address the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome (in the neck and shoulder, for example) not just the symptom at the wrist. Of course, the first few appointments might focus on symptomatic relief for patient comfort, but the goal is to eliminate the cause. In the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, treatment should not be restricted to only the forearm by the prescription of a physician.
While medical massage therapists can work well with allopathic sickness providers, they should be there to provide an alternative, when appropriate, to more invasive procedures like surgery and drugs. Medical massage should also help with rehabilitation and recovery from surgeries and other injuries. If medical massage becomes controlled by the allopaths and insurance companies, it will most likely only be used like drugs to treat symptoms and not allowed to treat causes. Treating causes cures conditions, which allopaths hate because there is not as much money to be made in curing people as there is made treating symptoms.
Once they control massage, it will soon be eliminated from allopathic protocols, again. Drugs and technology phased out massage, or "manual medicine," during the 1950s. Massage has come back and now competes with their cash flow. The pharmaceutical cartel always tries to get control of a competitive procedure or discipline and co-op it. This is why I reject the Western medical model (sickness care) and hope we never get sold out to it. If we do, history shows it will be by the leadership of the profession. More on scope of practice in March.
Try this: When treating tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer's elbow (medical epicondylitis), remember that the involved muscles run all the way down to the hand and fingers. By examining and treating the entire muscle, you will get much better and faster results than just treating the injured tendons at the elbow where the symptoms manifest. Adding active movement of the muscles (flexion - extension of the hand) as you massage them will increase your therapeutic impact. Stretching both flexors and extensors of the forearm, for either condition, using Active Isolated Stretching - Mattes Method© should be done before and after massage. And don't forget to address the superficial fascia, preferably first.
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