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TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
Meeting the Emotional Challenges of Oncology Massage
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
Massage therapists often ask me how to manage the emotional demands of working with people with cancer. The answers are individual, so I hesitate to share my own approaches if they might not honor another's.
Therapists are right to ask about managing strong feelings; our emotions can bounce all over our inner world when we work with people who are ill.Over years of this work, I've certainly gone through a range of feelings. I've felt elated after hearing a client's promising test result. I've felt dread after watching a client's condition worsen. I've felt unfinished when learning of a client's death before I had a chance to say goodbye. I've felt satisfaction from hearing a client describe symptoms of relief from massage. I've felt peace and joy when marking a client's five-year "survivorship" after cancer treatment. I've felt respect and admiration when sensing a client's strength as they manage hard treatments.
Therapists are right to ask about managing strong feelings; our emotions can bounce all over our inner world when we work with people who are ill.
And I've felt sadness and emptiness at a client's regular appointment time, looking out at an empty waiting room, reminding myself that my client passed away. I've felt sadness and emptiness that my client no longer has a body that needs my help or companionship.
These are ordinary human feelings, nothing unusual or out of place, yet I think they are deepened in a relationship of touch. When I touch a client's body, a body that bears the story of illness, treatment and healing, it makes a particularly deep impression on me. Even with a one-time client, I am moved. I have more to lose and more to gain as I let my client's life touch mine, as I walk with them in some small way along their journey.
Touch intensifies the connections between us. Add on the fact that massage therapists tend to be a sensitive lot, and the specter of possible emotions in this work can seem overwhelming. It's worth asking, "How do I manage?" and giving good thought to measures that might ease the way. Managing feelings doesn't mean stifling or ignoring them. It doesn't mean work without being affected by them. But as the "operations manager" of my own small life, I'm learning to create the infrastructure to weather the feelings that pass through me. To the extent that my approaches prove useful to others, I offer them humbly here. All are straightforward, and we've heard them before - but the call to do our work refreshes the call to take care.
Looking back on this list, I am aware that these suggestions may serve all of us, not just massage therapists working with a certain population. The humanity of our work bestows blessings and challenges on us all. And every little self-care measure counts - if not for our clients, at least for ourselves.
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