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What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
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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