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The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
The Society for Oncology Massage Makes Its Debut
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
The Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) was launched in April 2008, along with an extensive Web site. The society's vision to "ease the journey through cancer and beyond for patients, family members and caregivers" was established over one year of work by its founding members.The society's mission statement includes the following: "S4OM is grounded in a philosophy of compassion and service. We are focused on connecting cancer patients, their families and their caregivers with skilled oncology massage therapists."
Although it had been a shared dream for many years, the society finally began to take shape in May 2007 at the first Oncology Massage Healing Summit, a conference in Toledo, Ohio. I wrote about this conference in the August 2007 issue of Massage Today (www.massagetoday.com). It was the first gathering in North America of massage therapists working with people with cancer. While there, therapists were able to network, envision, delegate and begin work on the society infrastructure in earnest.
The society initially was envisioned to meet the pressing need for a qualified oncology massage therapist locator service. People with cancer and their loved ones have been in search of massage therapists trained in the specifics of massage for people with cancer, and therapists have moved well beyond the old myth in massage therapy contraindicating massage and cancer. Instructors in oncology massage provided these referrals to consumers and health care providers around the country.
As the society took shape, it began to meet other needs as well. A full list of resources is available on the society Web site, www.s4om.org. The Web site serves as a "watering hole" where therapists, health care providers, patients and caregivers can gather and exchange resources and support of their work. Some of the key resources provided by the society are described here.
A massage therapist locator service. Through the find-a-therapist feature on the Web site, people can access massage therapists for themselves and their loved ones all around the country. These massage therapists have training and experience working with cancer patients. This allows for several stepped-up levels of service. Members have training and experience in adapting massage therapy to the common signs, symptoms and complications of cancer. Finally, members adapt massage therapy to cancer treatments, which often have stronger effects on the body than cancer itself.
Education for patients, health care providers and the public. The society offers many resources including answers to frequently asked questions about massage and cancer, a bibliography of massage and cancer research, media coverage of massage and cancer, and a list of hospitals incorporating massage therapy in oncology support. There are links to therapists' Web sites as well. Each of these lists, along with the list of qualified massage therapists, is expected to grow in the coming months as membership expands.
Support for massage therapists. Through its Web site, the Society for Oncology Massage provides standards of practice; notices of upcoming events; a medical history form for use with people with cancer; instructors and trainings; and information about how to join the society. A newsletter is also in the offing. The idea is for therapists to find a center of support for their work with other therapists.
These and many other resources await therapists, consumers and others who tap into the society's Web site. The society's first president, Meg Robsahm, writes eloquently about the society's past year of development and its bright future. "We have developed a solid framework for professional growth. We are incorporated and our tax-exempt 501(c)3 status is pending. Our Web site is full of resources and continues to expand. We have grappled with the definition and scope of oncology massage. We have crafted a standards of practice that speaks to the exceptional quality of care our clients can expect. We continue to discover new ideas that we want to realize for sustained growth as a profession and as an organization. A major priority is to expand and publicize our locator service so clients living with cancer can find one or more trained oncology massage therapists nearby. ... Your Board is invested in our profession and confident that our Society will help countless people living with cancer to find compassionate, skilled massage care. ... [Join the society] and ride the wave of an emerging community of therapists with giving hands and open hearts."
From the burgeoning literature and the growing acceptance of massage therapy in oncology settings, and now this society, it's clear that now is an exciting time to be doing this work.
Click here for more information about Tracy Walton, LMT, MS.
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