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Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09
Providing a Musical Sanctuary
By George Skaroulis
As a regular recipient of massage and reflexology, and a professional musician, I have the distinct pleasure of combining all of my passions in life. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to share my music with massage therapists, doctors, chiropractors, counselors, teachers and healers all over the world.
Four years ago, I attended my first Florida State Massage Therapy Association convention. I absolutely loved meeting each individual therapist. The sharing and exchanging of such great energy and goodwill was a constant reminder I was exactly where I was meant to be.
My only disappointment was there seemed to be no place for therapists to escape the exhibit hall noise and peacefully enjoy any type of treatment themselves. My creative wheels started turning and by the end of the convention, a concept began to take shape. After collaborating with Angie Patrick of Massage Warehouse, we came up with what is now known as the Sanctuary. It's a comfortable haven in the midst of a busy convention hall: cushy headphones, beautiful music and various treatments including reflexology.
Appropriately, my CD titled "Sanctuary" would be the theme music participants would hear during their sessions. Taking it a step further, Angie turned the idea into a fundraiser for both the Touch Research Institute in Florida and the Massage Therapy Foundation. The Sanctuary first premiered at the AMTA convention in Atlanta in 2006, and its next stop will be in Phoenix for this month's AMTA convention (Sept. 17-20).
Since its inception - and lots of work by Angie, her staff and countless volunteers - this idea has evolved into a benefit and raised thousands of dollars for massage therapy research.
The Sanctuary has been a perfect example of seeing how people respond positively to the combination of touch therapy and music. I encourage you to do your best to create a "sanctuary of sound" in your own workspace: a space without traffic noise, cell phones or barking dogs (more on barking dogs later). I also don't think it's a bad idea to give your clients the option of a quiet session without conversation. I know I personally prefer a session with limited conversation, so do your best to help "tune out" life's background noises with the magic of music. You can concentrate best without external noise distractions, and your client will likely enjoy the peaceful session more.
For those of you, who do any type of chair or on-site massage in noisy office or convention spaces, bring along some quality headphones, a portable CD player or an iPod to offer music for your clients. No client wants to hear outside noise, regardless of whether their session is 10 minutes or two hours. Avoid flat headphones that allow noise to creep in, or any headphones that require insertion into the ear. My preference is for the headphones to fit around the entire ear. They often are made with leather or "pleather" (rubber or plastic that looks like leather). The leather-like covers help secure the headphones and help to block out noise. We use Sennheiser headphones at the Sanctuary; they sound great and are easy to clean. (Sanitary wipes are perfect for cleanings between clients.)
While we are on the subject of music, I know updating your music library might not be at the top of your priority list. However, we all are being forced to think more creatively in ways to both save and earn money.
By offering quality, relaxing and uplifting music to your clients, you are allowing them the opportunity to extend the experience of your session at home, so they can continue to reap the benefits of their sessions with you. By continually adding fresh new music to your library, you can then sell CDs on the spot to your clients, rewarding yourself with the additional income from the sale. In addition, having a few CDs on hand allows you an affordable gift for your very loyal clients on their birthdays or during the holidays.
Adding quality music to your life has several health benefits that extend to your family, friends and even your pets. I have had several listeners tell me that before leaving for work, they turn on my music to keep their pets calm during the day. At first, I thought this was a little over the top, but apparently not. Earlier this year, I received a call from Mailey McLaughlin, MEd, the Atlanta Humane Society's Training and Behavior Coordinator. She was calling to ask permission to use my music in an effort to calm the animals waiting for adoption. Of course, the next day I sent them my entire music library.
McLaughlin began playing the music daily throughout the kennels. I had to admit, I was very curious to see how the animals would respond to their new "soundtrack." After a few weeks, McLaughlin called to let me know I am now "The Official Music of the Atlanta Humane Society." Just like the rest of us, animals can benefit from the healing sounds of soothing music.
Start providing a musical sanctuary for your clients, and watch the positive atmosphere it creates in your practice. If you're attending the AMTA convention in Phoenix, stop by the Sanctuary for a treatment and show your support for the Massage Therapy Foundation.
George Skaroulis is an award winning pianist and composer known for his ethereal and soothing piano style. His peaceful music is used by therapists and spas around the globe. George has dedicated much of his time toward events that have raised thousands of dollars for massage therapy research, benefiting both the Touch Research Institute and the Massage Therapy Foundation. His latest CD, the George Skaorulis Essential Collection and his 16 CDs are available at www.GeorgeSkaroulis.com, iTunes and Amazon.
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