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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.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
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.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
Going the Distance
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Several years ago, I wrote an editorial about my experiences as a massage therapist at the Boston Marathon. (Click here to view this article.) This year, I was fortunate to again be invited to provide sports massage to the John Hancock Elite Athletes at the 111th Boston Marathon.The Boston Marathon has run since 1897, becoming the world's oldest annually contested marathon. In terms of on-site media coverage, the Boston Marathon ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the largest single-day sporting event in the world. More than 1,300 media members representing more than 250 outlets, requested and received media credentials in 2007.
The Boston Marathon is organized each year by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Among the nation's oldest athletic clubs, the BAA was established in 1887, and in 1896, more than half of the U.S. Olympic team at the first modern games was comprised of BAA club members. The Olympic Games provided the inspiration for the first Boston Marathon. A notable feature that deserves more advancement is the Boston Marathon Charity Program, which enables selected charitable organizations to raise millions of dollars for worthwhile causes. This year, approximately 1,230 participants, representing 21 charities, were expected to raise more than $9 million.
Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services. Each year, John Hancock recruits approximately 30 of the world's top distance runners and brings these elite athletes to Boston for the marathon. They stay in the Elite Athletes Village set up at the John Hancock Conference Center. This year the elite runners came from Ethiopia, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Mexico, Russia and the United States. It is this Elite Athletes Program that contracts the services of experienced massage therapists who eat and work in the Athlete's Village to assist the runners.
Even though this year's Boston Marathon was run in dismal weather with rain, cold and high winds hampering runners and spectators alike, 20,348 souls persevered and pushed on to complete the 26 miles, 385 yards that constitute a modern marathon. The elite athletes seemed less affected than the rest of the runners, but the conditions kept them from flirting with course or personal records. Many with whom I spoke had extremely long flights to get here, some in excess of 15 hours, not including extended layover times. Adding the nasty weather conditions, tired athletes and the innate difficulty of the Boston Marathon course all together, I like to think the skilled sports massage provided made a difference in their ability to effectively compete.
I asked one of the Kenyan runners on my table if he included massage therapy in his training regimen at home. He indicated that he did, but was quite adamant in his portrayal that it was "not of the same high quality" as he received in the Elite Athletes Village. That statement certainly made me feel good!
In my previous article, I stated: "I found one great similarity in the running elite - they all felt like filet mignon under my hands. The incredible muscle tone and conditioned bodies coupled with the intensity of their desire to excel made the work doubly enjoyable." Nothing has changed since I first made that observation - elite athletes have incredible bodies! Working with some of the runners destined to be in contention to win makes watching the race a lot more interesting. Watching someone who has been on your table break the tape at the finish line is a very exciting moment. Seeing one of "my" runners enter the Elite Recovery Area at the end of the race, wearing the laurel wreath of a Boston Marathon winner, is even more exciting and impossible to forget. He ended up again on my table for post-event care, and one of my tasks was to remove the "chip" tied to his shoelaces that is used to record official times. I ended up having to cut the laces to remove the chip since he had more knots tied in his laces than there are miles in a marathon! After four or so minutes of gentle compression, jostling and light stretching, he was hopping into dry clothes and off to meet the press. I am constantly amazed that elite marathoners can expend as much energy as they do, and have enough left over for partying after the race. That night, most of the elites were on the dance floor!
We are members of a most amazing profession. Personally, I have difficulty understanding massage therapists who say they are "burned-out." In the course of only a few days, I am able to work with men and women of all ages, performing various massage services such as a relaxation massage, perhaps a body wrap; assist clients through episodes of chronic neck, shoulder or back pain; help a woman regain comfort with maternity massage; and release a frozen shoulder. Then I get to drive to Boston to help enhance the performance of some of the world's most skilled distance runners. And I'm paid for it all! It doesn't get much better than this!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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