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The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
Cancer and Massage: Debunking the Myths
By Janine Ray, LMT, MTI, CCMT
In recent years, there have been numerous misconceptions about indications and contraindications for massage therapy. In Texas, since the basic massage program consisted of only 300 educational hours, and because of the lack of adequate pathology training, students were taught not to massage a client who has cancer or any other condition for which there is a contraindication. If the therapist is not confident about massaging or does not know the modifications necessary for any given pathology, then this may be a suitable choice. However, because of the insufficient understanding of pathology by some massage therapists, there are entire populations of clients that could really use the benefits of massage who are not receiving the complete spectrum of care they should receive.
The Texas Association of Massage Therapists has teamed up with the MD Anderson Cancer Center's Integrated Medicine Program to present a conference April 12-13, 2008, in Houston entitled "Cancer and Massage - Debunking the Myths." The goal of this convention is to demonstrate and discuss how massage, as an integrative health care modality, can play a role in the wellness treatment of cancer patients, their family and friends. Attending this convention will offer Texas massage therapists the opportunity to study the modifications in treatment protocol necessary to serve cancer patients and their family by including massage in their wellness health care.
MD Anderson's "A Place of Wellness" has included massage therapy in its menu of wellness treatments for cancer patients, along with several other integrative health care modalities. On the cutting edge of cancer treatments and research, it is no wonder MD Anderson is one of the top cancer hospitals in the United States. The Integrated Health Care Department has offered to share its wealth of knowledge with Texas massage therapists by sponsoring and facilitating most workshops offered during the TAMT 2008 convention and exhibition, to be held on the MD Anderson campus in the Hickey Auditorium.
Dr. Cynthia Myers, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Houston - Reliant Park. Dr. Myers is the director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and assistant professor in the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. She also has been practicing massage therapy for more than 30 years. She currently provides massage therapy and relaxation training to patients and family members at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Having been the principal investigator on two National Institutes of Health-funded studies on the effects of family-administered massage therapy, her knowledge and experience will prove to be a guidepost for Texas massage therapists who want to truly use their gifts to help others.
Having stayed true to her touch roots, Dr, Myers has spoken nationally on the benefits of cancer massage, as well as helping to develop protocols for cancer massage. Dr. Myers is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the Society for Integrative Oncology, the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. In 1999, she completed her doctorate in psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist.
As a practicing clinical massage therapist who has never met a person whose life has not been touched by cancer, I look forward to participating and learning much more about massage and oncology at this conference. For those of you who may be interested in attending, the proposed workshops and lectures for the convention will include:
The facility has limited seating, so you should register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending. The registration for two days of the convention (which includes 12 CE hours and the banquet) is $275 for TAMT members and $375 for nonmembers. For more information, contact TAMT at www.texasmassagetherapists.com or call (888) 778-9851.
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