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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
October, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 10
Can Massage Relieve Symptoms of Tension Headache?
University in Minnesota Awarded Research Grant for Pilot Study
By Editorial Staff
The Massage Therapy Foundation recently awarded Northwestern Health Sciences University's Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies a grant of $19,935 to conduct a pilot study to determine if massage therapy is a viable treatment option for those who suffer from tension-type headaches (TTH).The study will take about one year to complete; Michele Maiers, DC, an associate professor at the Bloomington-based university, will serve as principal investigator.
Many people suffer from headaches, with tension-type headaches being the most common. According to Roni Evans, DC, MS, Northwestern's dean of research, tension-type headaches affect 38 percent of the population each year, and 16 percent of people suffer from headaches on any given day. While TTH is not life threatening, it can greatly alter an individual's life by causing lost work days, decreased productivity, increased health care costs and a poor quality of life for themselves and their families.
The study has three main objectives. The first is to determine the feasibility of a full-scale randomized clinical trial to assess the relative effectiveness of massage therapy and self-care education for tension-type headaches. The second is to determine if individuals with tension-type headaches would experience clinically important changes after a 10-week therapeutic massage regimen by measuring pre- and post-treatment outcomes in a prospective clinical case series embedded within the randomized pilot study. The third objective is to describe the participants' and massage therapists' experiences with massage as a treatment.
The study will include 38 people between 21 and 65 years of age who suffer from chronic or chronic episodic tension-type headaches. To qualify for the study, patients must meet the International Headache Society's definition of episodic or chronic headaches. The IHS defines chronic headaches as those that occur more than 15 days per month or 180 days per year. They define episodic as headaches that occur fewer than 15 days per month or 180 days per year. Participants also must have suffered from TTH for at least three months and experience a headache at least once a week.
Northwestern Health Sciences University (formerly Northwestern College of Chiropractic) is a multidisciplinary educational institution that features programs in chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and integrative health and wellness. Northwestern's School of Massage Therapy admitted its first group of students in September 2000. This 36-semester-credit, 780-hour program emphasizes the basic sciences; more than 340 hours of hands-on lab experience; and structured on- and off-site clinical experiences.
To track the status of this and other research projects at NHSU's Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies, go to www.nwhealth.edu/research/WHCCS/activity.html For more information on the massage therapy program at NHSU, visit www.nwhealth.edu/edprogr/mass.html.
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