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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07
News in Brief
By Editorial Staff
E-Mail Scam Targets Massage Therapists
Most people who use e-mail are familiar with "spam:" unsolicited e-mail advertising everything from computer software to prescription drugs.While e-mail spam is usually easy to identify through such means as misspelled words and strange symbols, some spam is becoming increasingly sophisticated in look and content, targeting unsuspecting victims for financial gain. One of the latest scams targets massage therapists.
The message is marked from "Mr. Mandla Ndlovu" in Pretoria, South Africa, and is just one of many Internet Nigerian e-mail scams soliciting "business" partners as indicated in the subject line: "Request for partnership in investing in massage therapy centre, medical spa & cosmetics laser center." The body of the e-mail refers to the recipient as a "holistic health practitioner, Oriental bodywork professional and a certified massage therapist" and ultimately requests personal contact for further "partnership" details.
For more information on Nigerian e-mail scams or to report a crime related to an e-mail scam, visit the U.S. Secret Service Web site at www.secretservice.gov/alert419.shtml.
AMTA President-Elect Steps Down
AMTA President-Elect Jeanne Girard has resigned from her position on the board of directors, citing personal reasons. "I want to assure you that all day-to-day operations of AMTA and all Board meetings are continuing on schedule," said President Mary Beth Braun in an e-mail message to members. AMTA's regularly scheduled national elections will take place in the fall/winter 2005 and will serve to fill Girard's position, as well as all other vacated and completed term positions. Immediate Past-President Laurel J. Freeman and Braun will continue in their positions through Feb. 28, 2007.
LANA Applications Due
Massage therapists interested in taking the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) Fall 2005 Lymphedema Therapist Certification Examination must have completed applications to LANA by Sept. 20, 2005. Therapists will be able to sit for the examination between Oct.10-29, 2005, at the LaserGrade testing site closest to them. Applications received after the due date will be considered for the Spring 2006 exam. For more information, visit www.clt-lana.org or e-mail .
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