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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
Open Hearts in Arizona
By Angie Patrick
The spirit of giving is alive and well in the beautiful state of Arizona. The 2008 American Massage Therapy Association National Convention, held in Phoenix this September, featured the third annual Sanctuary fundraiser to benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation.The exhibit hall was alive with both seasoned therapists as well as those just learning massage. Seemingly everyone in attendance wanted to take a turn in one of the Sanctuary bays for a bit of relaxation and pampering.
The Sanctuary is a project that is designed to raise greater awareness of and funding for massage research. In essence, a mini spa is set up at the trade show and manned by volunteers. In this setting, various 10-minute treatments are performed for a $10 donation. The treatments span an array of protocols, including facial massage, as well as treatments designed specifically for the feet such as hot/cold contrast, Thai herbal balls, exfoliation and reflexology.
We were blessed by the talented hands of so many openhearted volunteers! Many established and well-recognized therapists from the Phoenix area graced the therapist chairs, as well as students from Apollo College. This fundraiser is designed to help each of them by furthering the acceptance of massage therapy and the quantification of the value of the therapy as a whole. It is an event designed truly for them and without whom the event would not be possible; it is further evidence of the symbiotic relationship we all share with one another.
Each of the bays opened was in full swing, rarely experiencing downtime. The popularity of this event is extraordinary and has shown marked growth each and every year. It proves unequivocally that people enjoy massage and therapists specifically crave the healing powers of bodywork, even while on a trade show floor.
One of the most exciting benefits of Sanctuary is the opportunity to sample products as they were intended to be used, rather than in passing while walking crowded aisles. At Sanctuary, the attendee can choose from any one of six protocols featuring products provided by Bon Vital, Soothing Touch, Performance Health, Sa-Wan, Unique Skin Care and TH Stone. They are given the unique opportunity to see and feel the products, not just from the perspective of the therapist but, almost more importantly, from the perspective of the client. This is a first, and it is proving to be more effective in the education and understanding of the benefits each of these wonderful products provides.
It isn't only the industry's leading manufacturers who were in the giving mood; two of the industry's largest media leaders took part in the event as well. We are proud to welcome Massage Today and Massage Magazine as event partners. Such distinguished sponsorship has certainly given Sanctuary a life of its own, and has helped the project raise more than $30,000 for research in the past three years.
Massage Warehouse is truly honored to be able to present Sanctuary, and we are proud of the success it has enjoyed. We have been both humbled and amazed at the tremendous generosity of not only the volunteers and event partners, but also the convention attendees. On numerous occasions, people have doubled or even tripled the requested donation amount because they know it is going to benefit their industry as a whole and help it become stronger. It is with my whole heart that I say thank you to all who have participated. For those who have yet to enjoy Sanctuary, look for us in 2009 at the FSMTA convention in Orlando, Fla., as well as the American Massage Therapy Association Convention, also in Orlando.
If you are a manufacturer or media outlet and would like to be a part of this worthwhile event in 2009, please contact me for information on sponsorship.
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