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Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
October, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 10
Spotlight on Research
By Editorial Staff
This periodic column is intended to keep practitioners abreast of the latest research documenting the benefits of massage and bodywork. When full text of a published study is available, we summarize the study; when only the abstract is available, we reproduce it in its entirety.Whenever possible, full attribution is given, including the complete reference and a link to the online version of the journal in which the study appeared.
Vagal Activity, Gastric Motility, and Weight Gain in Massaged Preterm Neonates
Objective: Multiple studies have documented an increase in weight gain after 5 to 10 days of massage therapy for preterm neonates. The massaged preterm neonates did not consume more calories than the control neonates. One potential mechanism for these effects might involve massage-induced increases in vagal activity, which in turn may lead to increased gastric motility and thereby weight gain.
Study design: The present randomized study explored this potential underlying mechanism by assessing gastric motility and sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activity in response to massage therapy (moderate pressure) versus sham massage (light pressure) and control conditions in a group of preterm neonates.
Results: Compared with preterm neonates receiving sham massage, preterm neonates receiving massage therapy exhibited greater weight gain and increased vagal tone and gastric motility during and immediately after treatment. Gastric motility and vagal tone during massage therapy were significantly related to weight gain.
Conclusion: The weight gain experienced by preterm neonates receiving moderate-pressure massage therapy may be mediated by increased vagal activity and gastric motility.
Safety and Efficacy of Massage Therapy for Patients With Cancer
Background: As the popularity of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) grows, patients are incorporating more CAM therapies into their conventional cancer care. Massage therapy, a CAM therapy known primarily for its use in relaxation, may also benefit patients with cancer in other ways. Massage can also be associated with risks in the oncology population. Risks can be minimized and benefits maximized when the clinician feels comfortable discussing CAM with his or her patients. This article reviews and summarizes the literature on massage and cancer to help provide the clinician with information to help facilitate discussions with patients.
Methods: MEDLINE and CINAHL databases were searched to identify relevant articles. These were reviewed for content and other pertinent references.
Results: Significant information was extracted from these resources to provide this overview of the use of massage for patients with cancer.
Conclusions: Conventional care for patients with cancer can safely incorporate massage therapy, although cancer patients may be at higher risk of rare adverse events. The strongest evidence for benefits of massage is for stress and anxiety reduction, although research for pain control and management of other symptoms common to patients with cancer, including pain, is promising. The oncologist should feel comfortable discussing massage therapy with patients and be able to refer patients to a qualified massage therapist as appropriate.
Influence of Medical Massage Therapy on Arterial Blood Flow to the Contralateral Lower Extremities: A Pilot Study
This is the abstract of a pilot study on the effect of medical massage therapy on arterial blood flow to the contralateral (non-massaged) lower extremities. This study was conducted in the Beverly Vascular Laboratory in Los Angeles by Dr. Harold B. Ross. The following test was utilized on contralateral lower extremities: Pulse volume recording (PVR) to measure the pulsation volume of lower extremity infusion. Two apparently healthy male subjects were tested: V.G. and I.P. This study was performed to determine whether there are any detectable changes in contra lateral arterial blood flow (if there is awakening of vasomotor reflex) resulting from the medical massage application on the lower extremities. Eighteen minutes of massage therapy was performed on the lower extremities.
Conclusions: There appeared two multi-phasic changes in PVR amplitude versus time. At one hour and two hours, post-application of medical massage, there appeared to be significant increases in the anterior pulse volume levels.
Recommendations: Develop a formal protocol for rigidly controlled tests with individuals who are apparently healthy, individuals with known pathology, and individuals that have a post-operative history for correction of lower extremities arterial blood insufficiency. This formal protocol will be the basis for a large, double-blind study.
Attention, massage therapists in the Los Angeles area: For the above-mentioned double-blind study, massage therapists are needed. In addition to your contribution to the massage therapy industry, you will be trained (at no charge) in how to perform a massage protocol in cases of peripheral vascular diseases; you will gain experience in working with scientists, medical doctors, and others; and you will get a letter of recognition of your participation in this study. Required volunteer hours are approximately three hours per week for five weeks. Prerequisite before participation in this study is the completion (at no charge) of an eight-hour course on medical massage in cases of peripheral vascular diseases. Interested massage therapists should call 1-310-836-8811 or e-mail .
For more information on the results of this pilot study or the anticipated double-blind study, contact Mr. Prilutsky via the phone number and/or e-mail address listed above.
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