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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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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