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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 01
Cancer Patients Look to Massage for Pain Relief
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
It's the word that strikes fear into the heart of anyone who hears it. You hear the doctor talking, you hear the dreaded "C" word, but you can't believe it's your life being discussed. You come to the realization that it's true: you have cancer.Suddenly your life changes, and you have to tell your family, discuss treatment options and medications. Your life becomes a whirlwind of hospital and doctor visits as you try and keep your head above water. The emotional and physical pain can be overwhelming. The options presented might address one, but not the other, so where do you turn when it feels as though the world is closing in on you?
Many people find that the help available to patients as they fight this disease or recover from its effects isn't enough to deal with the pain and discomfort it causes. Many turn to massage and other forms of alternative therapies as a last resort, only to find it's exactly what they need.
The 2005 Consumer Survey released by the American Massage Therapy Association revealed that the use of massage was tied with medication as the preferred form of pain relief. Twenty-eight percent of those who responded to the survey ranked massage and medication 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. More than half of the respondents in the 18-to-34 age group had a massage for the relief of pain. The survey also showed that 93 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that massage therapy can be effective in reducing pain.
These results are nothing new to breast cancer patient Jenna Glazer. "It's given me a calm place, an hour during the day where I don't think about cancer, where I focus on relaxation, where I focus on healing," Glazer said. Wendy Miner, a member of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, said, "Our patients typically come in with a number of complaints nausea, fatigue, anxiety, pain, depression and massage is very effective in reducing those complaints as much as 50 percent."
Breast cancer survivor Sheila White also knows the benefits of massage when dealing with pain. In 2004, White had a lumpectomy to remove a cancerous tumor; she also had 12 lymph nodes removed from under her arms. White experienced pain in her chest and under her arms after the surgery, but the pain medication she was prescribed just wasn't dealing with the problem. After several months of pain, she was diagnosed with lymphedema, a condition in which fluid builds up in the lymph nodes and causes swelling. Another doctor finally prescribed massage therapy to deal with the condition, and White couldn't be happier. "I've improved 90 percent of what I was," she said. "I fought it and fought it to not take [prescription pain medication]. The pain was winning, but now I'm in control. I'm controlling the pain," she said.
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America are one health care group emphasizing the type of care that combines high-tech surgery and traditional therapies with complementary medicine that focuses on nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine and naturopathic medicine. They utilize an integrated team that combines the strengths of occupational, physical, speech and massage therapists to meet a patient's needs. The types of massage therapy used include Swedish massage, reflexology, lymphedema massage and myofascial release.
"It [massage] does a lot to lower respiratory rate and blood pressure," Miner said. "It also does a lot to decrease the different stress hormones and to increase natural killer cells and lymphocytes, which help with the immune system."
Patients now have more options to explore when dealing with the stress and trauma that comes with a fight against the disease. Perhaps now the fight against the dreaded "C" word won't seem like quite so hopeless and daunting a task.
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