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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
An Open Letter to the Massage Profession From the American Medical Massage Association
By Gregory T. Lawton, DN, DC
The American Medical Massage Association (AMMA) has long been aware of the controversy and complexities surrounding the designation "medical massage." The AMMA was formed by physicians, allied medical personnel and massage therapists with interests in massage therapy who sought to professionally differentiate themselves from general massage practices that lacked ethical or scientific precepts.The AMMA does not seek to define medical massage for the massage community but rather seeks to establish definitions and guidelines for our membership, which is a multidisciplinary group of massage and allied health providers.
Since 1998, the AMMA has provided its membership with definitions based on professional ethical practices, state regulations, and scientific studies. The development of medical massage as viewed by the AMMA and its members, is an ongoing process and not an event. Definitions and guidelines of what constitutes medical massage legally and scientifically continue to unfold as the practice of medical massage matures, is recognized by state regulatory bodies, and is illuminated by scientific investigation into the biology of massage therapy, biomechanics, and other related sciences of manual medicine.
The AMMA has been preparing and releasing documents related to medical massage for the last six years and this, in part, has accounted for the growth of the association within a narrow and select population of massage therapists in the U.S. who meet AMMA's membership requirements, which are the strictest among the massage associations. The AMMA is not in a race with other associations for members, and indeed our minimum membership requirement for lay massage therapists eliminates the majority of massage therapists in the U.S. from membership.
The AMMA is a multidisciplinary voluntary membership association with members representing medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, naprapathy and massage therapy who utilize massage therapy in their health care practices relative to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Lay massage and allied medical members of the AMMA are expected and required to observe and obey state laws protecting the practice of medicine and other state regulatory statutes. Lay massage therapists advertising and practicing medical massage are required to work under the direct in-office supervision of a licensed physician, or as defined by state law.
The AMMA points to the historical tradition of medical massage as practiced and utilized by physicians and allied medical personnel and as used in the corrective and restorative treatment of patients in formal medical and clinical settings. Many unqualified individuals within the general massage community have offered their personal and mostly uneducated opinions of what medical massage is. Nowhere has the AMMA witnessed a valid definition; indeed, most of what has been offered has only furthered misunderstandings and misconceptions within the massage profession. The AMMA views medical massage as a division of the science of manual medicine, which is also represented by manual therapy, physical therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, naprapathy and other forms of treatment based on manual practices.
The AMMA strongly embraces the precepts and foundations of medicine that are related to scientific research, academic integrity and professional ethics. The AMMA has published numerous papers related to current scientific research as it may be applied to manual medicine and medical massage therapy and continues to provide this information to its members through its published scientific journal, training manuals and other educational materials and programs. The AMMA has stated that valid education in medical massage is predicated upon accepted science and scientifically validated techniques. And, in regards to professional ethics, the AMMA has established that the practice of non-physiological or fringe massage practices is unethical in a medical or clinical setting where patients are being treated for pain and suffering.
The question has been repeatedly asked, "Why call yourself a medical massage therapist?" The answer for the members of the AMMA is based on educational qualifications, medical and clinical training, state regulations and licensure, national board examination and certification, professional membership, and ongoing training and evaluation; however, for the AMMA member, the answer is more accurately related to the division between massage therapists who have met minimal educational standards obtained at substandard massage schools, who are trained in and use unscientific, non-physiological and fringe massage practices, and the standards that have been met by members of the AMMA. From this point of view, medical massage, and its re-establishment, was an idea whose time had come again.
As the various "stakeholders" in the massage profession attempt to define medical massage, we ask them to keep in mind the several thousand current members of the AMMA and their voices. It is the opinion of the AMMA that medical massage will not so much be defined by democratic process as by current and future legal definitions and by scientific and academic process. The AMMA believes that medical massage must be defined in much the same way as physical or occupational therapy has been, by research and clinical studies of its techniques and protocols. We believe that the most important thing that the AMMA can do is call for professional understanding and unity.
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