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Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09
Hitting Your Target
By Rita Woods, LMT
Recently, my brother Lee won the Triple Crown in bow shooting. This event hosts hundreds of expert shooters from around the country and is fiercely competitive. As you might have surmised from the "Triple Crown," it means he won the three events which make up the 'Triple Crown." It is indeed a high honor to win this event.You might be wondering what this has to do with massage. Plenty.
Life is about experience and the application of our gained wisdom and knowledge. This is what makes us good in our profession. It is practice, studying and more practice that determines if we will be mediocre or expert therapists. In fact, many therapists practically reinvent themselves every few years. For some of us, as we get a little older or wear out our thumbs or develop wrist pain, we need to be creative in finding alternatives that allow us to stay in the field we love but do it with less physical intensity. For others, the new younger and stronger therapists, looking to more aggressive techniques and physically demanding therapies might be the path they follow.
It's about transition for all of us. As we constantly seek to find our most comfortable place, it can be seen as always trying to find our perfect posture. What best supports us with the least amount of harmful stress. We develop a new career posture by learning new things. Just as our clients take our advice on such things as proper stretching, we must learn to give and accept our own advice about doing something new, even if that stretch is uncomfortable at first. It will take time and practice but as Will Rogers once said, "Even if you are on the right road, you'll eventually get run over if you just sit there."
So I was thinking about my brother winning the Triple Crown and how he did it. Pulling back on the bow and letting the arrow fly is only the tip of a very big iceberg. It's the end result of his years of practice and study in this sport. But it's that work that allowed him to hit the target. One room in his house is dedicated to physical training. He works out to have the strength and stamina to perform. I can't even pull the string back on the bow! It's like lifting a 50-lb. weight with two fingers. As therapists, we, too, must keep fit and healthy to perform our work and let's face it, to be an example to our clients.
If we want to be good at something, we must do it a lot. Lee built an indoor shooting gallery so he could practice all year, no matter the weather. For us, the more bodies we touch, the better we become. I remember in massage school asking one of my instructors, "How long do you think it will take us to gain the experience we need to feel confident." She said "About 200 bodies." I remember thinking she cleverly answered in terms of experience. Time didn't matter; practice and experience did. Even if you have to do volunteer work, do it to gain the experience. For our growth and evolution on this planet, now is not the time to hold back. Go after what you really want. If you can think it, you can do it.
Nothing is an event and everything is a process. I don't use the words never or always very often. But I will say with confidence, "Never is an event, an isolated incident. There are always choices and decisions that culminate in a result." These results build upon themselves in our life, and this is what makes our world as we see it.
I receive phone calls and e-mails from many therapists and the most common theme is about them changing their career posture. They are looking for ways to offer an innovative new service and keep working without the physical demands. If you are a therapist looking for more manipulative clinical work, someone like David Kent might be your next phone call or e-mail. The fact is there are many educational options available to everyone. Decide on your target and begin the process.
I recently found a great book on facial reflexology by a French physician who has unearthed some surprising information. Based on Korean reflexive medicine, there were charts and correlations of reflex points on the face to the rest of the body. As I continue my research into the whole-body benefits of my face work, I was thrilled to find this and even more thrilled to have an immediate application. A friend who gets regular acupuncture shared with me that her circulation/sex meridian was almost always in need of work at every visit. She also has developed severe facet arthrosis and L5 S1. I found a point on the face for arthrosis and recommended she massage it. Much to her surprise, she told me just two days earlier she discovered that exact point was sore to touch but had no idea why. And much to the surprise of both of us, that point also relates to the circulation/sex meridian. Hmm...
As I have mentioned in previous articles, I have begun serious study into the CNS responses to face massage techniques. While in Florida at the annual massage convention, I had the honor of having Dr. Tiffany Field watch me work as I performed mini face sessions to raise money for the Touch Research Institute. I mentioned to her how I have noticed a deep state of relaxation and apparent whole-body benefit from this work. Dr. Field gave me direction to further my own study and offered to assist with my research. For those of you familiar with her internationally acclaimed research on touch, you might imagine how I felt by her suggestions and offer.
I share this with you to let you know these encounters don't come by chance. They will come to you as a result of your choices and decisions. Do your homework, volunteer, practice, set your sights on a target and practice hitting it. I have heard luck is the point where preparation and opportunity intersect. I think there is valuable truth in that for all of us. Are you feeling lucky?
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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