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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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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