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Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Enrolls Second Group Member; Focus on Chiropractic Education at WFC-ACC Conference in Miami; Are You Ready for Another "Have-a-Heart" Campaign?
The McGill Approach to the Lower Back (Part 1)
Stuart McGill, PhD, brings a unique combination of tools to the table. He is a scientist who also functions as a clinician. He describes himself as a medical consultant who is referred challenging patients. He is both evidence based and practical.
Eight Ways to Help Manage Your Content
You have just completed your last session for the day, checked your voice mail and emailed a new patient about their appointment, but something it gnawing at you, something you just can't quite put your finger it on.
Giving Chiropractic Some Much-Needed PR
Public relations has not always been the chiropractic profession's strong suit, a shortcoming that has subjected the profession to countless attacks on its legitimacy and seemingly perpetual confusion among the public and the health care world as to the skills and services doctors of chiropractic provide.
Hon Lee: Scholar, Warrior, Spy, Teacher and Healer
It was fun. Growing up in New York's Chinatown was like living in a Chinese village that had been transplanted to a five square block area in southern Manhattan. The thing I liked most about the city, and still do, is it's rich cultural diversity.
Behavior as Symptoms of Energetic Imbalance
Karen and Josh said they wanted me to help them fix their marriage. That is why they were sitting on the couch in front of me, complaining about each other. She was too domineering, he said, overly controlling and bossy.
"Turn, Turn, Turn"
Many people are credited with saying, "If you remember the '60s, you really weren't there." Given the fact I didn't become a teenager until 1970, I actually do remember the '60s (or at least part of it). And as a child of the '60s, I was, of course, influenced by the music.
The Power of Positioning
During the evening, I like to relax while either reading a book or watching television. One of my shows, NCIS, has the main character always drinking coffee. Everyone knows it is a Venti from Starbucks because of its distinctive color and style.
What TCM Never Had to Deal With
You probably started getting a sense of it when you were in school. The professors would talk about diabetes as "wasting-and-thirsting disease" and you had a thought that you didn't know anyone who was wasting away in any way, shape or form.
Ancient Chinese Medicine Meets Modern Anatomy Dissection
Have you ever thought it would be beneficial to explore under the skin and examine qi deficiencies in every system of the body? Would you like to see traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis patterns as they relate to western biomedical symptoms and conditions?
Yo San University Celebrates, Supports Community Clinic
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine recently celebrated 25 years of teaching excellence and serving its community by awarding actor Pierce Brosnan the Robert Graham Visionary Award and raising money for its popular community clinic.
Treating Our Veterans with PTSD
As July 4th, Memorial Day and Veterans Day continue to pass year in and year out, we honor our veterans from past wars with parades, BBQs and a day off from work, but our veterans live daily with the spiritual scars of war.
MUIH Launches Doctoral Degree Programs
Maryland University of Integrative Health recently announce it will now offer doctoral degrees.
Body and Skin Rejuvenation Through Inner Balance, Equals Outer Beauty
First of all, I will draw a line in the sand. You know how there is often a big divide between the methods of Western medicine and holistic or energy medicine?
The Bottom Line ... From a Surgeon Who Knows
Regardless of individual relationships between providers, there continues to be a type of Hatfield-McCoy feud between the philosophies of medicine and chiropractic, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal ailments.
Drug War Rages in Wisconsin
Based on its actions over the past 15 years (review the sidebar in the app version of this article), controversy and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association seem to go hand in hand.
The Art of Observation
How many of us spend time just watching our clients walk, climb in and out of cars, rise from a chair or navigate a flight of stairs? Spontaneity is the key. Along with a subtle ability to observe without the client knowing or being made to feel like a lab rat.
Alcohol Consumption Strongly Linked to Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Alcohol intake is one of the primary risk factors for many human cancers, and is strongly associated with cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, and notably, the colon and rectum.
The Power of Vitamin K
You may have heard rumblings in recent years that vitamin K helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, and is administered intravenously by some integrative medical doctors who combine it with high-dose vitamin C in cancer treatment.
Cultivating Our National Strength
The time has come to seriously look at the state of this profession and its influence in the U.S. Where are we? What has happened? Where do we go from here?
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
April, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 04
Cancer Treatment, Massage, and Wholeness
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
I worked for many months with a client while she was in cancer treatment, witnessing first-hand the effects of the treatment on her body. She was tired, in pain, nauseated, and losing weight rapidly from poor appetite. She came in one day complaining about neck pain. She had gone to a movie to try to forget (just for a couple of hours) about her cancer and the treatment, but her neck hurt so much she had to leave the movie early.
This client's story affected me deeply. On top of months of fear, worry, and pain, after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, I couldn't stand the fact that she couldn't even find 2 hours of escape in a movie. I set to work on her neck pain. I worked very gently, used energy techniques, working the muscles. I followed all the relevant contraindications. Her neck pain became my whole focus. Needless to say, I was disappointed when she didn't feel any better by the end of the session.
At her next session, she looked much better. But she cheerfully reported that the massage had given her no relief. Instead, she mentioned the pain to her doctor, who remembered to adjust some medication she was taking. She had been on the medication for years and it had caused her neck pain from time to time when the dosage was not right. Adjusting it gave her relief this time, as it had before.
Your Client's Journey
This session was a wonderful learning experience for me. On reflection, I realized that at some point in the session my original intent--to give the client relief--had become mostly about my ability, competence, and attachment to the outcome. Our focus on a "fix-it" approach can come at the expense of our clients' well-being.
When people are sick for a long time, they need someone to appreciate what's right about their body. Cancer treatments and other strong therapies, as well as many health care professionals, focus on the disease and the symptoms. Sometimes people don't need fixing as much as they need to be supported along a difficult path. From my own practice, and from many other oncology massage therapists, I know that massage can help a client to feel whole and perfect, no matter what else is going on.
From that session, I resolved to help with what I can, but not confuse that intention with my own ego, or lose sight of the wholeness of the person in front of me. I think that shift has helped me be more present as a therapist, and certainly less disappointed and fatigued in my work. It's made me a better companion on my client's journey.
Click here for more information about Tracy Walton, LMT, MS.
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