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Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
March, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 03
Sports Massage in the Spa Setting
By Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB
I recently attended an American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools conference. In one of the organized sessions, a question was asked about what aspect of the profession drives the profession the most.Is it the massage therapists, the schools, the continuing education providers, the employers, or the product manufacturers? I really think the answer is that a little bit of influence from all the groups changes the profession on a daily basis.
Late last year, I had an opportunity to provide an in-service training at a beautiful destination spa in St. George, Utah. The Red Mountain Spa is an ideal place for active people to enjoy a vacation while learning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They offer hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, golf and many exercise classes. While you're there participating in all the physical activities, you have to eat healthy, so the chefs prepare delicious and balanced meals. The Spa at Red Mountain is rated one of the best according to Spa Finder Magazine.
So, does Red Mountain drive the massage profession, or does the massage therapist working at the spa enhance the experience of those enjoying Red Mountain? I would say a little of both. Red Mountain shows great insight in providing their therapists with the proper training to keep their guests completely satisfied with the treatments given.
While I was there, I went on an intermediate hike and mountain biked up Red Mountain. I wanted to know from experience what the guests would feel like after participating in those particular activities. During the hike, I learned that a lot of the hiking is done in soft sand. Walking in soft sand causes the heel of your foot to sink lower than the toes, which means your shins work overtime pulling your body out of a hole. During the bike ride up the mountain, I realized that for a Florida boy, the air going up the mountain gets a little thin. It makes you feel a little lightheaded and weak. I also learned that riding down the mountain is a lot more fun than riding up the mountain.
The massage therapists working in the spa need to know those kinds of things in order to treat the guests properly. Knowing which activities the guest has participated in, and what parts of the body those activities affect the most, are extremely important in providing great massages.
Many guests might not be in the greatest shape to participate in the type of activities they offer at the resort, so they probably will experience DOMS. DOMS means delayed-onset muscle soreness. It's caused by participating in activities that cause microtrauma to the muscle tissue, which increases pressure and sensitivity due to swelling. Deep-tissue massage or heavy-handed sports massage techniques during DOMS would not make the guest feel very happy due to the discomfort.
Just teaching sports massage technique and sports massage routines does not properly prepare a massage therapist for providing effective and safe treatments in a destination spa with highly active guests. They must understand the physiological effects exercise causes in the body and what massage techniques are most effective for treatment.
Spas know they must train their massage therapists to provide safe, effective and enjoyable massages to their guests, or it's not good for business. So employers, educators and massage therapists in a cooperative effort will continue to push massage therapy to a constantly evolving, new and better place. What could be better than practicing sports massage in a beautiful place like Red Mountain!
Click here for previous articles by Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB.
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