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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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."
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.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
"The World's Largest Massage Team" Visits the Big Island
By Lynn Wind, RMT, LMT
Imagine spending your day under a large circus tent with 150 of your friends, massaging some of the finest triathletes in the world. Imagine spending your day under that tent at the edge of a beach on the sparkling blue waters of paradise, also known as Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. You, too, can enjoy this same experience. Join us next year when we celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The World's Largest Massage Team." We'll be attempting to establish the world record for the Guinness Book of World Records as part of our anniversary celebration as "The World's Largest Massage Team."
In 2007, precise coordination was required to provide massage for the Ford Ironman World Championship triathletes in Kailua-Kona. As in years past, members of "The World's Largest Massage Team" traveled from around the world - New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and Japan as well as from the mainland - just to volunteer to be a part of the post-race massage team on Kailua Bay.
The Ford Ironman World Championship race is considered the most challenging triathlon in the world. Months of preparation are needed to make this a smoothly coordinated event, involving volunteer team directors from medical doctors, nurses and paramedics to chiropractors and physical therapists. And that's just the race-day volunteers.
For the entire race, more than 5,000 volunteers provide support for the triathletes and the race from beginning to end - coordinating the swim, bike and run areas; manning 30 aid stations along the course; managing finish-line race timing; providing course emergency medical assistance; building the race course and finish-line staging; community relations; and an endless list of much-needed tasks.
Robert Calvert, past owner and creator of Massage Magazine, started "The World's Largest Massage Team" at the 1988 Ironman. In 1990, Robert passed the team coordinator baton to Peter and Lynn Wind, owners of The Hawaiian Islands School of Massage, and they have been coordinators of the team ever since. This is the 29th year of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon and the 27th consecutive year massage has been provided to the athletes.
The goal of the massage team volunteers is to help the triathletes make a smooth transition from a high-energy athletic performance to a resting state and provide a positive experience of massage for each and every triathlete. Volunteers accomplish this through massage for general relief from exhaustion, hastening the elimination of toxins, introducing fresh blood into the muscles, soothing and relaxing the nerves and muscle tissues, and providing tender, loving care.
Each triathlete swims 2.4 miles, bikes 112 miles and runs 26.2 miles, all under the scorching Kona sun. The earliest race finishers, the elite triathletes, are competing for approximately nine hours and the masters group is out on the road up to 17 hours. When the athletes arrive at the massage table, it's their first opportunity to lie down and not expend any energy. They are exhausted and suffering from sore muscles, at the very least. Sports-trained chiropractors are in the massage tent, available to assist in any emergency. Luckily for the triathletes, little assistance was needed this year. The massage volunteers provided massage to more than 1,200 athletes. International volunteers offer their services for translation as needed, sporting visors listing the languages in which they are fluent.
Thanks to the extreme generosity of Tomas Nani, owner of Earthlite Massage Tables, more than 100 massage tables and chairs were set up for use in the tent on race day. Tomas then offered the tables for sale after the event - offering a great savings for Hawaii-based therapists, as the cost for shipping goods such as tables to the islands can exceed $120.
The team also includes escort volunteers who greet triathletes after they receive their finish medals, lead them to the massage tent and chat with them on the cool-down walk. Team greeters manage the traffic in front of the massage tent, greeting each triathlete and escorting them to an available massage volunteer. During peak arrival times, triathletes collect as a group outside the tent and massage volunteers raise their hand to let the greeters know they are ready to give their next massage.
All volunteers are issued an Ironman T-shirt, worn on race day, and everyone receives an invitation to the Massage Team Mahalo (Thank You) Party and the Ford Ironman World Championship Volunteer Mahalo Party.
Post-race sports massage training is provided as part of the team orientation held prior to the event. All volunteers are cautioned to be alert to signs of faintness, light-headedness, delirium, chills, nausea, severe cramping and dehydration. We're told not to work deep, but rather provide a soothing massage with tender, loving care. After an event such as this, triathletes are very vulnerable to trauma. Invasive or inappropriately performed massage may cause injury. The advice is to go slow with light to moderate pressure to calm the nervous system, relax the muscles and increase circulation. Be relaxed and focus on the effects your work is having on the triathlete and create the best possible positive experience of massage.
The event wrapped on Sunday with the Massage Volunteer Mahalo Party offering loads of fun, excellent homemade food and great raffle prizes donated by local Hawaiian merchants. The grand prize was donated by Earthlite Massage Tables. Two very lucky volunteers went home with a new massage table and chair. Finally there's cleanup. Sheets, empty oil bottles, massage tables, chairs, trash - it all needs to be packed up, moved out and gone by noon on Sunday. This also takes a crew of volunteers to get it done.
The Ford Ironman World Championship offers volunteers the opportunity to touch the world by helping total strangers achieve their goals. Ironman not only brings people from all over the world to Kailua-Kona, it also brings the West Hawaii community together for a day of Aloha.
Come join the fun this year on Oct. 11, 2008 in Kailua-Kona and be part of "The World's Largest Massage Team." You too can have the experience of a lifetime!
By the way, Lynn and Peter Wind have been asked to bring "The World's Largest Massage Team" experience to the inaugural Ironman China Race, April 20, 2008. They are asking for any interested volunteers to join them and experience the Ironman event in sunny and tropical Haikou, China.
Lynn Wind is the co-owner and president of the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage. She looks forward to bringing a team of volunteers to the inaugural triathlon event in China in April 2008.
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