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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
A Tribute to an Oncology Massage Advocate
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
Once in a great while, if we are lucky enough, we cross paths with an especially bright spirit. If we are particularly fortunate, we get to spend a little time learning from that person. It was my luck to meet and work with Dr.Cynthia Delano Myers for several years before she passed away this summer after developing cancer. The massage therapy world lost a great advocate, researcher and friend of oncology massage when Dr. Myers left us, and she is dearly missed.
Cynthia, born in 1952, was an extraordinary person, with a unique ability to hold the importance of the mind, the body and the spirit in massage therapy. Her career was interesting and not at all linear. She was a bodyworker for more than 30 years, graduating from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy in 1982. Later, she attended college in her late 30s, and went on to obtain a PhD in psychology. As an academic, she researched many important questions, most of them revolving around pain and pain relief. She looked at the role of massage therapy in alleviating pain and distress in people with sickle-cell disease and cancer. She focused much of her effort on pediatric patients.
Cynthia brought her support of touch therapies to the study and practice of medicine, as a professor, researcher and massage clinician. She often presented at international conferences on pain, complementary and integrative medicine, and massage therapy. She moved easily between the worlds of academic medicine and massage, and in 2004 she became the founding director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. There, she continued her research and writing even in the months of her illness. She published in highly respected journals and completed work on many projects. She served as guest editor for a special issue on massage in the Journal of the Society of Integrative Oncology. She built strong bridges between the different disciplines involved in cancer care.
Cynthia also guided the fledgling Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), a national organization founded to ease the journey through cancer for patients, family members and caregivers. She spoke at the first summit in 2007, where she guided massage therapists in research design and in using data to broaden the reach of our work. In her honor, the Society for Oncology Massage established the Cynthia Delano Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund. These scholarships will be awarded to individuals in need of financial support to attend the Oncology Massage Healing Summit. Although medical research can pull investigators so far into the details that the therapy itself is lost, Cynthia's vision was always holistic and clear. I recall a friendly discussion of therapists over dinner at the first Oncology Massage Healing Summit. We went around the table, each answering the question, "What is healing about massage therapy?" When Cynthia spoke, she said that, while she thought it was important to study massage therapy, it might not be possible to pin down each therapeutic element through rigorous research. Instead, she said, "I think it might be who we are, rather than exactly what we do, that is healing."
Her words resonate, and are some comfort, given that Cynthia could have had several more decades of productive work left, work she was doing on behalf of our profession and our clients. Her words remind me that our work can endure long after we've moved on. Skilled, corrective touch changes things for the better. It changes people, and the ripples continue to move, even long after we've removed our hands.
Cynthia cared passionately about social justice, health care access, and people who were underserved. On all levels, she worked to leave this world so much better than she found it. She was a blessing to everyone she touched. And she touched many. All of us in massage therapy benefit from her work, in hidden ways, whether we knew her or not. Who she was and what she did with her life, serves as an inspiration to all of those who touch people with cancer.
Donations to the Cynthia Delano Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made to the Society for Oncology Massage. Those wishing to donate may designate the "Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund" on the check and send it to Linda Dwyer, S4OM Treasurer, 183 Lake Front, Rochester, N.Y. 14617. Donations are tax-deductible.
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