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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 12
More Consumers Discovering the Benefits of Massage Therapy
Latest AMTA Survey Provides Food for Thought
By Editorial Staff
In releasing its 9th Annual Consumer Survey, the American Massage Therapy Association uncovered some important new gains in the massage therapy profession:1.The popularity and use of massage increased; 2. For the first time in the history of the AMTA Consumer Surveys, massage tied with medication as the preferred form of pain relief among respondents; and 3. More men are receiving massage than in years past. The survey was conducted from Aug. 11 -14, 2005, by Opinion Research Corporation International in Princeton, N.J., and included a national probability sample of 1,014 adults (506 men and 508 women) ages 18 and older who live in private households in the United States.
The popularity of massage grew as two million more people received a massage this year over last year, and approximately 47 million people (more than one in five adults surveyed) received a massage in the past 12 months. A healthy 90 percent of those polled believe massage can be beneficial to your health, with 94 percent of 18- to 24-year olds agreeing with that statement. The use of massage among older Americans tripled since 1997, increasing from 4 percent of those 65 and older using massage to 15 percent in 2005. Consumer confidence in massage therapy increased as well, as 73 percent of respondents would recommend massage to someone they know (an 8 point jump from a year ago).
Twenty-eight percent of those who responded, ranked medication and massage as the form of treatment that brought them the greatest pain relief, with nearly 46 percent of those polled having had a massage at some time to relieve pain. Of the 18 to 34 age group, more than half have had a massage for the relief of pain. And 93 percent of those surveyed agree with the statement that massage therapy can be effective in reducing pain. Fifteen percent of respondents said therapy for an injury would motivate more people to have regular massages, while 24 percent said a discount would be greater motivation.
The survey also shows increases in the numbers of healthcare providers promoting the benefits of massage therapy. Sixty percent of those polled said a physician recommended massage therapy to them, while 50 percent were referred by a physical therapist and 38 percent by a chiropractor. Twenty one percent of those surveyed said they discussed massage with their physician or other healthcare provider, up 14 percent from 2002.
More men are discovering the benefits of massage therapy as the total number of men receiving massage within the past year increased 3 percentage points. Seventeen percent of those polled received a massage in the past 12 months, an increase of 14 percent over last year.
"Along with massage therapy's continued popularity for relaxation and stress relief, this year's survey findings show higher numbers of consumers turning to massage therapy for pain relief than we've ever seen before," said Mary Beth Braun, AMTA president. "We continue to see that physicians and pain management experts find massage to be effective in relieving pain. And, consumers are continuing to see the health benefits of including massage therapy in their regular health regimen. This year's survey only reinforces the confidence people have in massage."
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