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The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
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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