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AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
A Call to Arms, Hands and Hearts
By Elaine Stillerman, LMT
"There is hardly a people, ancient or modern, that do not in some way resort to massage and expression in labor, even if it be a natural and easy one."1 This statement may have been uttered in 1884, but it is still true today. At the beginning of the next century, physician and anthropologist Aleš Hrdlicka, who witnessed many births throughout North America, reported, "The assistance given is everywhere substantially the same, consisting of pressure or kneading with the hands or with a bandage about the abdomen, the object of which is to give direct aid in the expulsion of the child. The procedure, which is not always gentle, accomplishes very probably the same result as the kneading of the uterine fundus under similar conditions by the white physician, namely, more effective uterine contractions."2
Ritualistic touch and massage have been a part of the childbearing experience for countless generations in many traditional societies, particularly ones in which pregnancy is respected, labor is dignified and the new mother is revered.3 This month, Midwifery Today is presenting a unique conference outside of Philadelphia that brings nurturing massage techniques to the knowing hands of midwives and doulas. And massage practitioners are invited to learn techniques from the leading international midwives; techniques they can use in their prenatal, labor support, and postpartum practices.
As long as midwives have attended laboring women, touch and physical support have been a part of their skills and tools. Breech presentations were manually turned and labor was facilitated by the knowing hands of these very wise women. Different cultures may have different techniques, but the end results are the same: a dignified and wonderful birth. From ancient times until the 18th century, massage was employed during labor by midwives who were almost universally poor, uneducated but highly skilled women. Their practice included abdominal massage, leg and back massage and massage to correct breech.4
By the 1900s, doctors attended nearly half of total U.S. births and just about all births involving women who could afford to pay. Midwives assisted the poor who could not pay the doctors' fees.5 By 1950, nearly 88 percent of all women in America gave birth at hospitals.5
A renaissance of midwifery, the advent of feminism and a reclaiming of their birthright prompted women to return to midwifery care for their obstetrical needs in the 1970s. In 1980, a new movement reintroduced the noble tradition of prenatal massage to massage practitioners, childbirth educators, doulas and the obstetric community.6 As scientific studies continue to validate the beneficial effects of prenatal massage, pregnant women, as well as the once-reticent medical establishment, are embracing massage as an integral part of their prenatal and postpartum care.3
The Philadelphia conference breaks new ground as these two time-honored traditions merge. Ancient and new techniques from around the world will be offered to better serve birthing women. From massage comes loving, healing touch that can gracefully help women in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. From midwifery comes knowledge of physiology and emotional well-being. Mexican midwives will offer many exceptional massage and midwifery techniques.
According to Jan Tritten, the founder of Midwifery Today and a midwife since 1977, "As we know, there is no higher calling than helping mother/baby to have the best experience possible. We believe that tapping into the expertise of these two bodies of knowledge will help you assist birthing women even more magnificently."7
Please join us for this unique, groundbreaking conference. For more information, visit www.midwiferytoday.com.
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