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Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
Parkinsonism Redux: The Movers and the Shakers of the World
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
My last article on Parkinsonism generated more feedback than usual, and it was wonderfully supportive of the positive influence massage can have on the lives of people who live with this disorder (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/03/14.html).I heard from so many people with such wonderful things to offer that I decided, instead of moving on to another topic, I'd recap what some of they had to say. The fact that I am listing these resources and techniques is not an endorsement, and I haven't explored them myself; however, I encourage interested readers to get more information from the organizations provided here. My heartfelt thanks to all those who wrote, and in particular to the people quoted below, who quickly and enthusiastically gave me permission to use their letters in this article.
I have worked with many people over the years with Parkinson's and other chronic illnesses both in my private practice, and as part of my work as supervisor of the massage therapy program at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Colorado. Through this work I have developed a particular style of bodywork called Comfort Touch, which is safe and appropriate for the elderly and the ill, and easily adapted for those in medical settings.
I demonstrated on a volunteer as she sat in a chair, explaining the rationale behind the techniques I use (slow, broad, encompassing pressure directed into the center of the part of the body being touched, e.g., nurturing acupressure), and then I had the participants practice a simple sequence - shoulder, arms, hands - on each other. They were all so enthusiastic about the work. Those receiving the touch felt it to be very relaxing, and the givers of Comfort Touch felt it enjoyable to give. In just a few minutes, they felt calmer, more grounded, and a bit more hopeful in coping with their disease.
Mary Kathleen Rose, BA, CMT
I am surprised that you did not mention Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute in your article. This would probably be of interest to some of the readers. We have been the certified geriatric work modality since the early 90s, and have published many articles on working with many challenges, including Parkinson's and ALS. We teach beginning and advanced levels of classes. I, along with four other teachers (all are RNs or OTs, as well as massage therapists), teach about 60 workshops per year both nationwide and internationally.
Sharon Puszko, PhD, CMT
Shortly before my husband was diagnosed, I took several short-term training courses in massage therapy. I began giving him regular weekly massages. Not much happened. He felt a lot better after the massages, but not really that much better than you or I would feel.
About a year later, I took a weeklong massage course, where in the process of the training, I gave and received a massage every day. It was that daily massage that made an impression on me. I felt so much better after seven days of regular massages that when I got home, I told my husband that was the program I felt he should go on - daily massage (by the way, my husband takes no chemical drugs to treat his condition). As I am sure you can guess, the daily massages I gave him brought about remarkable changes, including restoration of facial expression; 90 percent elimination of tremor; sleep patterns returned to normal; handwriting improved; aches and pains almost completely reduced; and continued improvement of joint movement.
Although the PD was still progressing, we both felt that we had slowed its progression down. I continued with the daily massages for one year, after which time I discovered the FSR. (Forceless Spontaneous Release put forth by the Parkinson's Recovery Program in Santa Cruz, Calif.) In the early days of his condition, the daily massages made all the difference. I know they helped him and he knows they helped him. There were three factors that were essential that I would like to share with you: 1) Deep work was detrimental; 2) Very slow movements were essential; and 3) One massage a week didn't do a thing. He needed at least one massage a day.
My mother is one of many Parkinson's patients undergoing treatment. There is discussion online at , which can be browsed, joined or queried. They have found that studies indicate in Parkinson's the brain areas thought to be dead are dormant, with undifferentiated cells, which can be brought back and the patient becomes "symptom free," undiagnosed as having Parkinson's - the best one can say, because the medical establishment categorizes Parkinson's as "incurable." This categorization itself is quite debilitating for people who have the condition, which the practitioners at pdrecovery.org prefer to call "reverse of the stomach channel."
I was a massage therapist for 21 years. When I moved back into my parents' home to help them; one of the reasons that help was needed was my father's Parkinsonism. His lower legs and feet were in great need of massage but were exquisitely sensitive. I began by working gently on his quadriceps, which let him understand the pressure and motions that would eventually be used on his calves and feet.
I proceeded after a week to "shank work" and finally incorporated his feet. He was happily surprised at how his tolerance for touch increased, and I cherished the half-hour sessions for all that I received during them.
Thank you for your article in Massage Today. In addition to informing your readers, it led me down a lovely memory trail. PWP rely upon a sense of humor to help them meet challenges. As "they" like to write in their listserv group: always remember, "People with Parkinson's are the real movers and shakers of the modern world!"
Deanne Charlton, retired massage therapist
To all of these contributors, I owe great thanks for their generosity and dedication. I am humbled to be in the same business with all of you.
Readers: Next time I will continue in the CNS dysfunction vein with an article on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. I'd like to hear from anyone working with clients who live with this disease to share your experiences with other readers. Please write to me and let me know what you do and why, if it works, and why you think so.
As always, many blessings,
Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB
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