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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Part 2 of 2
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
Editor's note: Part 1 of this article appeared in the July 2005 issue. To read part 1 online, visit www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/07/15.html.
I love my job! I put out the call for you to share your experiences with all Massage Today readers about working with clients who have ALS.The response was overwhelming. I received letters that touched me to the core. What does this tell us? That massage therapists are active and involved with this population, and they are generous and invested in getting the word out about the value of their work.
I have compiled a collection of some of the responses you sent. If you wrote to me and I didn't use your piece, it's just because space is limited - please don't feel slighted. I will post all the responses I received (from people who gave permission to use them) on my Web site (www.ruthwerner.com). Click on "Massage Today Replies" to read them.
Before we look at a few of the responses from massage therapists in the field, here is a brief overview of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a chronic, progressive central nervous system disease involving the atrophy and eventual destruction of upper and lower motor neurons. This leads to muscular atrophy and ultimately to paralysis. It is considered an idiopathic disease, but as research reveals new information about neurotransmitter dysfunction and synaptic damage, we might eventually find ways to interrupt this process. For the time being, however, ALS has a poor prognosis: Most patients die within two to 10 years of diagnosis, usually from respiratory failure.
ALS often starts in the extremities and progresses toward the core. As the motor nerves degenerate, symptoms include fasciculations (uncontrolled shaking) and spasm. Although the disease does not attack sensory neurons, ALS can be painful as the structure of the body collapses. This disease does not affect cognitive function at all.
Currently, about 20,000 people in the U.S. live with ALS, and based on the amount of feedback I received, it seems a lot of them are receiving massage! The techniques described varied greatly. Some therapists have found that deep, specific work helped to improve and maintain function. Others have found their clients especially loved being stretched and mobilized. As clients neared death, of course, the bodywork they received became gentler. One recurring theme: Some ALS clients can't speak clearly, or at all. This makes it especially important to be sensitive to nonverbal communications about what feels good and what doesn't.
With that said, read on and benefit from what your colleagues have learned:
Once again, I am filled with awe and gratitude at the generosity of people in our profession. Aren't you proud to be a massage therapist?
For next time: Fall is upon us. It might be time for an update on the flu, especially on the latest developments about avian flu. This is not to be a fear-mongering alarmist, but simply to help us arm ourselves with the best possible protection: information. If you have other thoughts about what you'd like to see here, let me know: What's on your table?
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President.
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