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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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
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!
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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."
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05
What Are My Choices?
Tables, Mats, Cushions, Ergonomic Aids
By Editorial Staff
You've made the decision to become a massage therapist and invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be successful.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow?
"What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer tables, mats, cushions, pillows and ergonomic aids - important components of a successful massage practice.
A BackRub Co.: A pioneer in the massage business. We offer a variety of massage, back and body care products, including our Feel Good Pillow line. All pillows are filled with flax seed, and may be purchased with or without a scent. We also carry the Oster Massager, and world famous McKenzie lumbar and cervical rolls. Earthlite chairs, oils and lotions are available. A BackRub Co. offers professional as well as volume discounts. Phone: 888-771-2225; E-mail: ; Web: www.abackrubco.com.
Core Products: Therapeutic products that are soothing to wear and medically effective, providing support and tension where you need it most. Offers a variety of products, including pillows and positioning products, braces and supports, and hot and cold therapy. You can find relief for just about every part of your body. Phone: 800-365-3047; Web: www.coreproducts.com.
DEV direction Inc.: Offers solid, dependable products and we guarantee it. Our tables do not squeak or creak when in use, are made with heavy duty hinges, have quality foam that does not break down and get squashy after a few uses, are made with durable vinyl that easily wipes clean and no tools or assembly required. Phone: 877-589-0048; E-mail: ; Web: www.topmassagetables.com.
Dryssage, Inc,: We develop products that allow therapists to perform superior massage outside the office. For out of the office massage most of us use chair massage, the only problem with chair massage is that it does not feel anything like traditional massage with oil. However, with our new Dryssage Glide System, you can offer a chair massage that will closely match the quality you are capable of providing in your office. Phone: 866-395-8343; E-mail: ; Web: www.dryssage.com.
EarthGear/Lifegear: Committed to offering the best value in massage therapy equipment and supplies. Our collective ambition is to provide massage therapy equipment that is intelligent in design, solid in performance, and exceptional value. Phone: 800-508-1937; Web: www.earthgear.com.
LSI International: LSI International, Inc., founded in 1987, is a wholesale distributor for the massage therapy, chiropractic and physical therapy industries. A few of the massage tables LSI carries include: Earthlite Massage Line of the Spirit II, Sedona, Avalon II, Harmony II and the new Avila II Chair and many other quality massage products. FREE catalog available. Phone: 800- 832-0053; E-Mail: ; Web: www.lsiinternational.com (Password: SHOPLSI).
McRoskey Mattresses: Provide excellent support, maintaining proper spinal alignment and preventing stress at major joints such as the shoulder and hip areas. People shopping for a new mattress should look for quality in craftsmanship and good materials. Because a mattress too firm is not desirable, people need to be able to choose among different types of comfort and support. Unlike other brands, McRoskey allows customers to select from five different comforts. Phone: 800-760-9600; Web: www.mcroskey.com.
Oakworks: For 25 years Oakworks has had an ongoing dialogue with the therapeutic massage community, working to offer the most ergonomically superior, safe and environmentally sound tables on the market. Find out more about our revolutionary Breast Comfort System padding. Your female clients will rave about their comfort in the prone position, but you'll love the access your hands have for all clients in the supine position. At Oakworks, bodies talk; we listen. Phone: 800-558-8850; Web: www.oakworks.com.
Posture Education Products: TruComfort™ Seat and Back Support System. Ergonomically designed to relieve discomfort and promote proper sitting habits. Transforms poorly designed seats into healthy, supportive seating - car, office, airplane or elsewhere. Back provides guidance to align the head, neck and spine. Seat provides firm foundation for pelvic bones. Adjustable-thickness, teardrop shaped lumbar cushion attaches to back at height that corresponds to user's lumbar curve. Phone: 800-392-0363; E-Mail: ; Web: www.postureeducation.com.
Select Comfort Direct Corp: Unlike traditional mattresses, which are made from metal coils and springs, The Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort™ uses uniquely designed air chambers to provide a gentle cushion of support, which can be easily adjusted to your preference for comfort and firmness. In addition, the Sleep Number® bed allows couples to individually adjust each side of the bed to the precise comfort level each partner prefers. Phone: 888-548-9508; Web: www.selectcomfort.com.
StrongLite Tables: Provides equipment that is used to bring human touch to the world. We fully support the work you do and put our love and caring into each process of our work to provide you with the best massage equipment available delivered with the best service available. Phone: 800-289-5487; Web: www.stronglite.com.
TAO Trading Int: Provides tables at low prices, with constant improved www.bestmassage.com.
Tempur-Pedic: Manufactures and distributes Swedish Mattresses and Neck Pillows™ made its proprietary TEMPUR® pressure-relieving material, a viscoelastic material that conforms to the body to provide support and help alleviate pressure points. Products are currently sold in 60 countries under the TEMPUR and Tempur-Pedic brand names. Phone: 888-881-9779; Web: www.tempurpedic.com.
The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Provides massage professionals with ergonomic aids, books, videos, charts and other materials they need for 35 exciting, Category "A", continuing education, home study programs. Nationally recognized experts teach these valuable programs. Toll-free advisory support included at no extra charge. All approved and/or accepted by the NCBTMB, AMTA, AMBP, Florida and most other states. Call today for a free resource guide. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.homestudycredits.com.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758.
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