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Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
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 previous articles by Angie Patrick.
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