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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
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.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Orlando Gets Even Hotter!
By Angie Patrick
In 2009, Orlando, Fla. is the hottest place to be to see all the new and exciting products, modalities, and cool new gadgets for massage therapy! Two great conventions will be held in this beautiful city: the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) convention.
Once again, Sanctuary will be at both of these exciting events. A philanthropic event presented by Massage Warehouse in conjunction with their event partners, Sanctuary brings greater awareness and creates funding for the furtherance of massage therapy research.
The FSMTA event on July 8-12 at the Omni Orlando Resort is earmarked for the research of Dr. Tiffany Field, the world's foremost authority of the benefits of massage on prematurely born infants. As the facilitator of the event, this particular research hits close to home as my own daughter was born severely premature at only 24 weeks. It is my belief that my daughter would not be thriving to the extent she is currently without the advent of infant massage begun at such a delicate and young age. The power of touch is never more apparent than when shared with the smallest of clients, these beautiful preemie babies. Additionally, the AMTA event on Sept. 23-26 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort will benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation to award grants to deserving researchers all over the nation.
Partners in the Sanctuary project are manufacturers and organizations dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the massage therapy profession, and are committed to contributing time and resources back into the massage industry they serve. Our prestigious partners in our Sanctuary project are: Massage Today, Bon Vital, Spot On Energy/Mend Right, Sa-Wan, Soothing Touch, Unique Skincare, TH Stone, Performance Health, Massage Magazine, AMTA, and FSMTA.
Sanctuary has raised nearly $40,000 to benefit the massage industry through greater research, quantifying through science what we all know in our hearts: that massage heals. We have raised this money through the support of our partners, and through the donations of therapists like you. This is not your ordinary donation however. When you see Sanctuary at an event, you have the unique opportunity to test new products and protocols from the client perspective.
For your $10 donation, you will be treated to a relaxing, spa quality treatment while relaxing in our Zero Gravity chairs and listening to beautiful music, blocking out the sounds and excitement of the trade show floor for 10 minutes. You will relax your tired and aching trade show feet with any one of our signature protocols. Chocolate Peppermint Foot Exfoliation, Tidal Toe Tingler, Hot Beach Stone Therapy, Lava and Frost Hot/Cold Contrast, Thai Herbal Ball Bliss, or Basic Reflexology. A service bay is also set up for those of you who would like to have a mini facial at the show, teaching you the basics of a Rejuvenating Facelift Massage. All of the protocols used in Sanctuary are designed with the therapist in mind, allowing the therapist to adopt these protocols easily into their own practice.
These events benefit everyone involved. First, the therapist who gets to slow down for a moment and enjoy a little bodywork, learn about and experience a new product, learn a new protocol, and walk away with an education on mini-spa treatments they can add to their own practice. Second, the partners who have a wonderful opportunity to have the therapists enjoy their products from the client perspective, as well as have the opportunity for them to learn how to use them. Third, researchers who have more funding to facilitate their research as well as the greater awareness of the need for more. And lastly, the massage profession as a whole, which benefits when people come together for a common cause, and are able to take away positive experiences and a greater understanding of the professional products they use and companies who supply them.
The popularity of this event has grown such that in events past, we have completely sold out of appointments by the middle of the second day. This has caused Sanctuary to undergo a few changes, and the biggest would be the addition of more treatment bays. Appointments will still be required, so plan ahead and make your appointments early. Take the opportunity to book several treatments back to back for an incredibly relaxing experience!
The only program of its kind, Sanctuary has grown into a wonderful success story. It is a project I am delighted to be a part of, and one I am certain will be around for years to come. It is only through the support of our partners and those wonderful therapists and students who give of their time to provide these incredible treatments that allows us to present this worthwhile event year after year. We hope to see you there!
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