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Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
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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