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Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
June, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 06
Interview with Ruth Werner, MTF President-Elect
By Christie Bondurant
The Massage Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees announced recently that Ruth Werner, LMP, author, educator and long-time Massage Today columnist, is president-elect of the Foundation.She will serve in the newly created position for a one-year term ending March 1, 2010, at which time she will assume her role as president for a two-year term. In an interview with Massage Today, Werner discusses her recently announced position and long-standing commitment to the Foundation and research in the profession.
You have been a trustee with the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) since March 2006, tell us of some memorable experiences working with the MTF, as well as some new projects.
I've been with the Foundation for about three years and in that time I have seen some astonishing things happen. In 2005, shortly before I joined the Board of Trustees, I attended the Foundation's first conference on Highlighting Massage in CAM Research. I have never been around so many smart people who knew so much about massage. Now we're getting ready to host the second Highlighting Conference, which will be in Seattle in 2010 (please mark your calendars for May, 2010). We're also getting ready to host the first Best Practices symposium: this will begin the process of gathering and evaluating input from subject matter experts about how massage may be used most effectively in a variety of situations. This is a generational project: our grandkids will be working on this--and here it is, starting now. Last year, the Foundation launched the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), which is an open-sourced electronic journal collecting articles on research, practice, and education.
Ongoing projects at the Foundation are also inspirational. The Community Service grants promote the ability of therapists to create outreach projects in their own communities. One of the grants created such a change in the lives of the recipients that it became a larger scale research project, which the Foundation also funded. The Student and Practitioner Case Report Contests open the door to the world of massage research to individuals at a truly grass roots level. And the project the education committee has been working on will also launch this year. This is called Teaching Research Literacy: an In-service for Massage Educators, and it will work with massage teachers to integrate principles of research into already existing curriculum. Each one of these projects is awe-inspiring; all together they show that as a profession we are riding the crest of a wave that I think will change the way we think about massage.
Most recently you served as the vice president for the MTF, please tell us your feelings toward serving in this newly created position.
Mainly I feel deeply humble--teetering on overwhelmed--about the possibilities that working with the MTF presents. My colleagues on the Board of Trustees and all the volunteers on all the committees are profoundly committed to the support of our profession, and I hope to be a person who can help to direct some of that energy into some really fruitful efforts. This is the first time the Foundation has named a president-elect, so it is an unprecedented opportunity to learn the job well before taking up the reins next March. I am so grateful to have a full year to work with Diana Thompson, our current president. Her leadership style is an inspiration to me. Diana has overseen some amazing growth and projects at the Foundation, and I can only hope to try to imitate her, at least for a while. Fortunately for all of us, she won't get away easily: she will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees as Immediate Past President for at least a year.
Where do you see research in massage therapy ultimately taking the profession?
Truly I think well-conducted research in massage therapy can take us any direction we want to go! Therapists now are beginning to build a body of information they can call on to help shape their work. This is true for therapists who practice in clinical or recreational settings. And as massage is more integrated in public health, good-quality research that reflects massage as it is practiced will allow us to build partnerships with a community of health care providers who are interested in noninvasive and cost-effective treatment choices. I look forward to the day when the sense of "us" versus "them" attitudes in conventional and complementary or integrative health care are a relic of the past--and I think excellent research conducted by extremely talented and well-educated massage therapists is an avenue to make that happen.
Any other information you think our readers should know about research in massage therapy?
I think the most important message here is that research is something every massage therapist can get involved with at some level. Not all of us are going to conduct research, but we all use it, whether we know it or not. People who went to massage school when I did (let's just say it was well into the last century), grew up on a lot of best guesses and folklore about how massage affects human function. Now we have the tools to test that folklore, and some of the results are very surprising! Massage therapists have a vested interest in how this is done, and by whom--after all, if someone is going to do a study on massage, shouldn't a massage therapist be deeply involved in conducting that experiment? So we need a group of practitioners who are able to become leaders and consultants and supporters of this kind of work, because it has influence on the whole profession.
So here's what I'd like to suggest to readers who think they might be interested: get educated about research. The American Massage Therapy Association sponsors a whole "research track" of classes at every national convention--this is a great place to get started. Check out the IJTMB at www.ijtmb.org and register for free. Learn how to do a Pubmed search: there's a good tutorial on the Foundation Web site, www.massagetherapyfoundation.org. Participate in a Case Report Contest, or help someone else do it. And of course, support the MTF so we can continue to grant research projects in massage. Big changes are happening: there's never been a more exciting time to be a massage therapist!
Ruth Werner is a massage educator who practices near Salt Lake City. She has been with Massage Today since its start in 2001 writing on clinical pathologies. To read her column "Dealing With Pathologies: What's on Your Table?" visit Werner's columnist page at www.massagetoday.com/columnists/werner.
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