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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
By Linda Riach
According to Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) recently released study, never has there been a time when so many Americans have had such positive feelings about massage therapy.And recently, the New York Times declared that the "spa-ification" of America had taken place. Spa lifestyles are being embraced (as well as all things found in spas). As a part of that trend, massage is now almost a household word. With this rising brand perception comes the unique and hard-won opportunity for the industry to profoundly increase the number of massage consumers.
While this wonderful success is fat with promise, especially for the unprecedented levels of graduating massage students, there remains significant effort to moving consumers from simply feeling good about massage to actually understanding and seeking out massage. It becomes a transition for those consumers from being bodies craving intentional, caring touch to being informed participants who incorporate touch therapies in their wellness plans. Additionally, given that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) programs are evolving in major hospitals and medical schools, it's time to reach out as allies to the entire wellness community. The time is right, as it has never been before.
We all have acquaintances that love to get gift certificates for massage. They may even see a massage therapist regularly to feel more relaxed. But when tennis elbow or a strained back strikes, they either don't consider massage to be therapy or they try their familiar relaxation-oriented massage therapy session and give it that same one shot they gave it the last time they had a gift certificate. How often have you heard, "I feel great when I get off the table, but it just didn't last, so I guess it doesn't work"? (I know. Everyone wants that magic bullet that the pharmaceutical industry promised.) It's going to take some hard work with the general populace to change that expectation into something so much more sustainable and safe!
So in looking at our industry with an eye to moving it forward we have to ask: What percentage of people actually commit to a series of massage sessions with someone trained to work on what ails them? While certainly there are many massage therapists with vital practices serving satisfied clients, amazingly few people know what modality is best for what they need, which therapists have the experience and the credentials, or how long until they will have given it a real chance.
How many of our clients and employers, let alone the general public, know about the research and experience that shows that massage therapy can help reduce post-surgical pain, ease fibromyalgia, reduce the strain of pregnancy, ease colic in babies, promote weight gain for premature infants, reduce violence in teenagers, manage TMJ, reduce post-event recovery times in athletes, manage chronic headaches, improve body image in those with eating disorders, reduce insomnia and so much more?
So then, how do we get the word out? In my estimation there are a series of communication stepping-stones we can use to create the path to the future:
Unlike any other time in the history of massage, we have the tools to make it more than a household word; we can turn massage into a life-long commitment for the betterment of all concerned. Let's drive the message home while the opportunity exists...home to future clients, educable employers and prospective colleagues.
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