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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.
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.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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