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The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
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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