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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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."
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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