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The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
Visit to Sweden a Rewarding Experience
By Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB
Last year while attending the International Symposium on the Science of Touch in Montreal, Canada, I met Rolf Elmstrom, editor of the Swedish Massage Magazine and educational consultant; Lena Austin, director of studies for Axelsons Massage School in Sweden; and Renee Liden Naprapath, massage therapist and director of education for Axelsons.
They were at the conference promoting a program they started in Sweden called Peaceful Touch, a program that teaches massage therapists how to instruct schoolteachers to incorporate massage in preschools and elementary schools.(Editor's note: See related story "Massage at Preschools and Schools" by Rolf Elmtrom in the April 2003 issue, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/04/04.html).
I attended their three-hour presentation on Peaceful Touch at the Montreal symposium and was excited about learning more. My friend, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, had met Rolf previously; when he and Axelsons invited us to visit Sweden, we could not pass up the opportunity.
Sweden was home to Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) who is considered the father of Swedish gymnastics and physiotherapy. Swedish gymnastics was a combination of exercise and massage techniques that formed the basis of modern Swedish massage. We visited Ling Hill, the burial ground for the Ling family and home of Per Henrik Ling, now owned by a Swedish Airline and used for VIP dinners and events.
Rolf introduced us to Hans Axelson, the physical therapist that started the Axelsons massage schools over 40 years ago. Axelsons has become the largest massage school in Europe with campuses in Sweden, Norway and Japan; Axelsons also operates an animal massage school and a spa school. We learned that the massage therapy training at Axelsons consists of 600 hours and the curriculum is similar to that in the United States. I credit Hans with increasing the professional image of massage in Sweden.
The most important reason for visiting Sweden was to learn more about the Peaceful Touch program, which has become a mission of the Axelsons Institute. Lena and Renee arranged for us to attend a one-day workshop with Swedish schoolteachers to gain firsthand knowledge about how the program is taught. The teachers learn to ask the children if they want to be massaged before touching them, and games and stories are taught to make massage fun and respectful.
We then visited two schools to watch the concept in action. In the elementary school, children took turns massaging each other while reading. They also got in a circle and massaged each other to a story. We also visited a preschool where the teachers massage the children after lunch during a quiet naptime. As a result of the Peaceful Touch program, children are less aggressive and violent toward each other in Swedish schools.
"This was a great opportunity to see Peaceful Touch being practiced successfully in a school system. It was a powerful feeling to watch these children massage each other. The visit to Sweden was a wonderful experience," shared Lynda.
If you are interested in learning more about Swedish massage, Per Henrik Ling, and the Peaceful Touch program, join Rolf, Lena and Renee at the Florida State Massage Therapy Association Convention in Boca Raton, June 30 - July 3. Rolf will be the convention's keynote speaker, and Lena and Renee will be teaching a Peaceful Touch workshop.
To register for the convention, visit www.fsmta.org.
Click here for previous articles by Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB.
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