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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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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