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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.
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.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
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.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
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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