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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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
September, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 09
Research Goldmines For You and Your Client
By Rita Woods, LMT
As therapists, we see clients with a variety of medical conditions. While their condition may not be directly related to their massage visit, it may impact how we individualize a massage session.Medical information can be complex so it's important to find sources that give an accurate and well-defined explanation without being confusing. It's also nice to find information that you can print and share.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases. Composed of 27 institutes and centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world. Funded by Congress, the NIH offers information free to the public and to researchers. In fact, if the researchers use federal funds from NIH, they must make their manuscripts available through PubMed Central, a service of the National Library of Medicine. Here, massage therapists will find an absolute goldmine at their fingertips. However, to navigate through the volumes of information, a little understanding of how the departments make their information available is necessary.
MedlinePlus and PubMed are the National Library of Medicine's databases of references to more than 16 million articles published in 5,200 biomedical journals. Most of the articles you will find listed in PubMed (www.pubmed.gov) are written for health professionals. Many of the articles are short summaries (abstracts) and some of them have links to the full article. These tend to be quite technical from a medical/clinical perspective and thus, may not be the best choice for providing information to your client. However, they are helpful if you like to dig deep into the subject. Some NIH departments do offer printable handouts suitable for your clients as well as references in your office.
For the massage professional, one department in particular is very helpful. That is the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) (www.niams.nih.gov). Once at that site, you can search by topic. They offer information in a format called "Fast Facts," which is about four pages long and covers just the highlights of a health topic. They also have "Handout on Health"; these tend to be longer (some as long as 50 pages) and much more detailed with many of them offering anatomical illustrations. Most topics are available online, some include audio presentations, but some topics are only available by ordering the text directly from the NIH. There is an online order form for Handout on Health publications. There is no cost to order information and you can even order multiple copies for health fairs and such. Some information comes as an information packet. (Carpal tunnel syndrome is one example.)
Many of the NIAMS publications are government publications. They are in the public domain and not subject to copyright restrictions. You may make as many copies of these as you wish without permission. Please credit NIAMS as the source.
Let's take a detailed look at how to search and what you might find there. First go to the NIH home page, www.nih.gov. Once there, look for the search box in the upper right corner, and type in "Fast Facts." This will bring up a series of topics that appear as their own Web address. Scroll through to find topics of interest. Fast Facts are easy to read publications for the general public. Examples found there: bursitis and tendonitis, back pain, sports injuries, fibromalygia, sprains and strains, healthy joints for a lifetime, plus over 1,300 more! Many are PDF files that can be saved on your computer for later access.
On the same Web site, you can type in that same search box "Handout on Health." Similar to the Fast Facts layout, you will get a list of topics that appear with their own specific Web page address. If you plan on printing any of these, be prepared to print a booklet. They are long with much more detail and some even include self care recommendations. Many topics are duplicated in the Fast Facts and Handout on Health formats, it just depends on how much information you want.
Another helpful site from the National Library of Medicine is www.medlineplus.gov. MedlinePlus offers easy to understand medical information in everyday language. Here I found interactive tutorials published by the Patient Education Institute. You can even ask permission to link to the tutorials. This could be especially useful if you have your own Web site. They offer over 165 tutorials and I was thrilled to see "massage therapy" included. When you go to the home page of MedlinePlus, look for "Interactive Tutorials" on the right-hand side. Click there to find the list and to view the presentations. These are especially helpful for clients with no medical background. The beauty is that you have something to offer your clients, it is free for you to use and it adds a professional advantage for your business. Searching for topics in MedlinePlus offers additional sites other than the NIH. For example, you may find information sheets from the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, the CDC, as well as associations like the Arthritis Foundation.
All in all, I have to give the NIH two thumbs up for their Web sites and ease of access to the public. It's a good place to go for reliable information, and for us to see what our government dollars are going to in medical research. By the way, the NIH also has the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); here you will find information of herbs, acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, Reiki and a whole lot more. Visit www.nccam.nih.gov for more information. An interesting fact: This department has been in existence for 10 years while the NIH can trace its roots back to 1887.
Our clients look to us for information and advice. Often they are asking us questions outside our scope of practice. Even if we know the answer, we should never offer advice that may be perceived as medical advice. Having valuable information at your fingertips allows you to direct them to credible sources and/or offer handouts in your office. Be sure not to attach any personal information to the handout and leave it as originally published.
Stay Cool. Be Happy.
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