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Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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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