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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
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Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to .
Never Forget Why You Became a Massage Therapist
This is in reply to a letter in your May 2008 issue written by John B. Frederick, in reply to an article by Ralph Stevens. I hardly ever write in response to letters to the editor, but Mr. Frederick's letter was such I felt obligated to all those dedicated and caring massage therapists and educators who care about their clients. I will answer him point by point.
First, Mr. Frederick claims 90 percent of all massage therapists who walk through massage therapy school have no business being there. I would like to know where Mr. Frederick gets his numbers. I have taught and hold to the highest standards every student in my multiple classes and have never seen numbers like that. It is true there are many individuals who sign up, but they are soon weeded out by either their dedicated instructors or by their unwillingness to work hard and meet the grade.
Second, Mr. Frederick states schools do not weed out those who are not "born" to be massage therapists. Can Mr. Frederick please tell me how you can "weed out" potential therapists during a one- to two-hour interview process? It is a school's curriculum and the knowledge and experience of their passionate instructors that forces a student to either make the grade or not. If the school curriculum is strong enough and the instructors are observant enough, those who are not born for this work will not "cut it" and those who are, will. I'm not saying every school holds these same values, but I know for a fact and from experience that many do. By the way, the hamstrings are three muscles: biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Did you know if I was right without looking it up? How about the origins, insertions and actions?
You talk about results. Can you explain the results you are talking about? There are many specialties involved in the practice of massage therapy. Each is result-oriented, but those expected results are different, for example:
Finally, and the main reason for this letter, Mr. Frederick states 95 percent of everything that walks into his office has a soft-tissue problem. I would be curious to hear the replies from his clients if they heard themselves, along with their physical, emotional and spiritual problems, referred to as things. As someone who has seen firsthand the power of touch when dealing with those individuals touched by illness and disease, I take great offense to that statement. These people are not things. They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandparents, siblings, children and friends reaching out for someone to "rub" their hands or feet, massage their back after laying on an operating table or MRI machine, massage their neck after lying in a hospital bed for weeks, or just receive the tender loving touch of another human being.
I took great offense to Mr. Frederick's letter and suggest he come to New Jersey and see our students at work and the response from the mothers, fathers, etc. He does make some valid points, but I think in the past 25 years, he has lost sight of why he became a massage therapist in the first place. It's not about fixing; it's about being there in the best way you can and improving yourself as you venture on this journey.
James T. Zazeski, NCTMB, AOSMT
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