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The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
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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