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Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
Massage: A Story of Love and Commitment
By Angie Patrick
I often am asked the question, "What makes you so passionate about your job?" It is no secret that I love what I do. Anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy my position and how devoted I am to massage.I should tell you, I am not a therapist, but I am the lucky recipient of the benefits of massage. I can tell you from firsthand experience that the healing power of touch can provide for those who have been given little hope of survival. It is with this knowledge that I strive every day to bring awareness and shed light upon the healing power of massage.
I was 38 years old and four-and-a-half months pregnant when I gave birth to Olivia Lior Wampler on March 30, 2004. She was the stronger of the twins and was the only survivor. She weighed a scant 1 lb., 6 oz. and was just over 12 inches long. Small, underdeveloped and weak, she drew one single breath upon her birth, and was then too weak to draw a second. But one breath was all it took for the brilliant medical team at Northside Hospital in Atlanta to begin to revive her and fight for her life.
Olivia faced many challenges, not the least being premature. She had two intraventricular brain hemorrhages, a perforated intestine, an unresolved patent ductus arteriosis, chronic renal failure resulting in extreme jaundice and toxicity, intubations, an inability to maintain body temperature, multiple blood transfusions and illiostomy - all of which occurred in her first few weeks on this planet.
For months, we were unable to touch her. Her skin was so thin it would tear with the simplest of touches. We could only watch through the incubator lid and pray for her to stay strong and to fight. After what seemed like a lifetime, I was able to hold her for the first time on, of all days, Mother's Day. She was so fragile and attached to so many machines, it was terribly awkward to hold her. But it was not an opportunity I would let pass by. Any chance the medical teams offered to touch her was gratefully accepted. My husband and I slept by her incubator, holding her tiny hand when we were allowed.
Working for Massage Warehouse, I have the good fortune of calling many wonderful therapists friends. When Olivia's skin strengthened and we were allowed to touch her, my friends rallied and began a regimen of touch therapies for Olivia. Until that time, Olivia had made slow progress. She was getting stronger, but it was a slow process. Once she began to experience the loving touch of friends, family and therapists; we began to see a turn in the tides.
Since I am not a therapist, I had no idea research even existed for the benefit of touch and massage for premature children. I had no idea that real, quantitative research validated the things I was seeing firsthand. Only after my own experience did I learn that many researchers had devoted much of their lives to document the growth and improvement I was seeing right before my eyes.
Olivia began to make improvements which many doubted she would ever achieve. She grew stronger with improved blood oxygen levels, stronger renal performance, more consistent blood pressure and a significant gain in body weight. She indeed was a fighter; her strength and will to live gave her father and I hope.
One thing became abundantly clear to me: No matter how small the client, the power of touch is healing. It nourishes and heals the body, and equally as important, it restores the soul. Olivia's will to survive was strengthened and our daughter came home on Sept. 17th that same year, weighing 7 lbs., 2 oz. She was on oxygen, Phenobarbital, Prevacid, Glycolax, an apnea monitor, a blood oxygen monitor and RSV shots, while a whole host of her family waited to hold her. And on March 30, 2005, we celebrated her first birthday at home with all of our friends and family in attendance. We had all been witness to a miracle, and we would all celebrate that milestone together.
Research gives medical validity to the things most therapists already know in their hearts. Simply put, touch heals. And with the continued research, the crusade to make massage therapy mainstream becomes an ever-increasing reality.
This is one of the driving forces behind the Massage Warehouse Sanctuary, a fundraising event for massage therapy research. The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) will host its 2007 Sanctuary in the exhibit hall, with all proceeds to benefit the Touch Research Institute in Miami. Tiffany Field's research for the "Effects of Massage on Premature Children" will receive every penny of the proceeds. My sincere thanks to the gracious event partners, whose generosity and philanthropy made this event possible (Click here for more information).
At the Sanctuary in Orlando, Fla., you will experience an oasis of calm in an exciting and action-packed exhibit hall. For your tax-deductible donation of $10, you can indulge in one of many 10-minute rejuvenating and soothing foot treatments designed to restore your balance and serenity on a personal level.
You can choose from a variety of treatments such as stone massage for the feet, basic foot massage, exfoliation and hot/cold contrast. Additionally, you will receive a copy of the treatment protocols used at the Sanctuary that you can utilize as add-on treatments in your own practice. You can use these treatments as an additional treatment option at the end of any massage session and increase your income!
I am committed to raising awareness and funding for research in the field of massage therapy, just as I am committed to assisting therapists in increasing their income. I am fortunate to have a job where I can be a part of an event that feeds both my passion and personal commitment to the massage profession. I love what I do, and I am delighted to be a part of this event. I invite anyone in the area to join us in Orlando for this exciting and innovative approach to fundraising, marrying two invaluable pieces of the industry - research awareness and therapeutic bodywork - for the greater good.
Click here for more information about Angie Patrick.
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