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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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