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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
August, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 08
The First Oncology Massage Healing Summit
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
In May, I was honored to attend the first gathering of oncology massage therapists in North America. There were about 160 massage therapists and about 20 presenters. It might sound lofty to say this event was historic, but it was a first.This meeting of the minds and hands was a conference in the making for several years. And for years, therapists have been longing for such an opportunity to work with people with cancer.
The conference, "Oncology Massage Healing Summit," was held at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. Gayle MacDonald and Tina Ferner dreamt up the notion of a conference in this area. Gayle is the author of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, now in its second edition, and Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client. Tina coordinates the Integrative Therapy Department at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.
Typically, a conference is planned by an association that charges a committee with the details, and a professional conference organizer to implement them. But there has been no such association. In this case, two people with a cheering section of many more of us carried out all of that with the devoted implementation of the Mercy College Department of Continuing Professional Education. The fact that it came off seamlessly is a wonder and a testament to the skill and foresight of the conference planners.
Gayle MacDonald began the conference with a keynote, "Holy Toledo and the Sisters of Mercy: the Sacredness of the Work We Do." Because the order of the Sisters of Mercy was the founder and foundation of Mercy Hospital, she made references to several spiritual traditions which have, as an outgrowth, a compassion embodied in ministry to the sick, and often touch is part of that healing ministry. Gayle went on to describe the movement of oncology massage, how far it has grown beyond the old, unfounded worry that massage might spread cancer, and its projection into its own future.
Indeed, the future was clearly in evidence over the weekend. Presentations covered a range of topics: approaches to Eastern medicine, finding evidence on massage and cancer on the Web, essential oils for emotional and spiritual healing, and the sharing of therapists' stories. There were many other fascinating sessions, but space limits their mention here.
Presenters came from such far-flung places as Alaska, Brazil, Toronto, New York, Colorado and Montreal. I attended several excellent presentations. Jamie Elswick spoke and demonstrated work on healing the scars of cancer surgery. Charlotte Versagi demonstrated lymphatic drainage for the person with cancer and Isabel Adkins presented on the trauma of cancer and treatments. Each of these presentations deepened my understanding of massage for people with cancer, as well as my belief in the power of the work.
But, as it often is with conferences, conversations around the edges of the formal presentations are as bountiful as the presentations themselves. In what seemed like hundreds of conversations packed into two short days, I heard therapists networking about hospital programs, funding, research, community service and education. (For some sense of the richness of the program, the proceedings and some of the education sessions, see www.mercycollege.edu/oncology_conf.php.)
At dinner one night, I sat at a table with seven other therapists. Several of us were massage researchers, or interested in the research of massage. The question, "What is the healing ingredient in massage therapy?" came up. One therapist said it was that he covered the whole body in his sessions; that the client was helped to feel whole and perfect and attended to in all of their wholeness by his whole-body approach. Another therapist said she felt it was "our humanity" that made massage therapy so healing for people. Another said, simply, "our compassion."
In one of the most important outcomes of the conference, a groundswell of support for an oncology massage therapy association solidified into some infrastructure for the association. When it develops into a Web presence and entity, I will post its Web site on my own at www.tracywalton.com. And when a second conference is scheduled, I'll post that, too!
Just last week, I received a message on my machine from someone looking for a massage therapist for a friend with cancer. Her friend had sought massage, but had been turned away by a therapist who told her it could spread her cancer. I am still surprised to hear this old myth, and I did what I could to help in this situation. But I've had many such phone calls over the years. They stand in sharp contrast to the growing support for caring, careful massage for people with cancer.
It was a joy being at a conference where that concern was a phantom of the past. It was a joy to see how far the work has come. Finally, it was a joy to see the energy of those around me engaged, not only in moving on from that old fear, but moving forward with seven-league boots in the profession's natural next steps. Our compassion, our humanity, our whole-body approach to healing - all of these should serve us well.
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