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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.
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.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
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.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
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.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
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.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
January, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 01
Hand in Hand With Eldercare and Hospice
A Symposium to Expand Your Practice and Open Your Heart
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of serving elders in facility care and hospice, as well as teaching others how to provide care through touch and massage. I dedicate this column to assisting anyone desiring a similar path of service and invite you to the 2009 Hand in Hand Symposium in Florida. Join others who envision a world where a healing presence in the form of touch is commonplace and every elderly, ill and dying person has access to the benefits of massage.
There is no better time to diversify your practice to serve this special population - to increase your clientele and your revenue and, at the same time, open your heart as you touch the lives of those in later-life stages. In an effort to work toward that vision, the Center for Compassionate Touch is organizing "Hand in Hand 2009: A Symposium Celebrating Massage Therapy in Eldercare and Hospice," to be held May 1-3 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla. The symposium is designed to be a forum for the creative exchange of ideas regarding program development, education, vision and shared resources between massage therapists and eldercare and hospice professionals and organizations.
Why now? In today's economic climate, many of us are looking for creative ways to thrive in our practices. Opportunities to pioneer and participate in the implementation of massage therapy in traditional and nontraditional health care settings are exploding. Three major trends point to this promising opportunity: (1) The Silver Tsunami created by the baby boomers reaching retirement age is happening now, creating the need for specialized services. (2) There is a growing number of eldercare facilities and hospices across the nation. (3) At the same time, there is dramatic competition among these health care organizations. Their "customers" (clients, caregivers, family members and federal regulators) are demanding that they look for innovative complementary services to improve quality of life. Massage therapy is an effective, non-pharmacological approach that answers this demand.
In the past decade, massage therapy has gained recognition and acceptance in mainstream health care settings like hospitals, clinics, eldercare facilities and hospices. Our profession is expanding to answer the growing demand for therapists with training to serve diverse special populations. Elders in long-term care and individuals in hospice care represent a growing clientele and specialized area of practice. As public awareness about the benefits of massage grows, hospices and long-term care facilities are recognizing the value of adding massage therapy to the programs and services they offer.
By attending Hand in Hand 2009, you will learn from leaders in our profession, as well as from experts in the fields of eldercare and hospice. The symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers and learn essential elements of program development and promotion of your services. While eldercare and retirement communities are discovering the value of massage therapy, they need guidance in program development, identifying incentives for offering massage services, or assistance in locating a massage therapist with the right set of skills.
"The symposium will provide an opportunity for professionals to learn about the application and importance of massage therapy being integrated into quality health care," said Don Spaulding, director of health services at the Mayflower Retirement Community in Winter Park, Fla. "Providing massage to elders and hospice patients as a skilled intervention is providing an additional level of comfort and allows one-on-one focused attention with the resident."
By joining hands with leaders in the fields of massage, eldercare and hospice, you can celebrate the mutual benefits of massage therapy and share your vision for the future of this pioneering work.
Hand in Hand 2009 is a ground-breaking event designed for massage therapists and eldercare and hospice professionals. By coming together to celebrate the mutual benefits of massage in these special settings, we uplift the lives of the individuals and communities we serve, as well as our own.
For more information on the upcoming symposium, please visit: www.handinhand2009.com.
Click here for more information about Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
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