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