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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.
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.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
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.
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.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
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.)
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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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