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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
By David Razo
"Despite having cancer, I have not suddenly become superhuman. I am not obligated to act more positive or happier than I actually feel just because I have cancer." -- Cary Vera-Garcia1
The quote above, excerpted from an online article, made me think of the many challenges cancer patients confront daily: fear, embarrassment, anger, depression, loneliness, pain, sadness, terror and anxiety, to name just a few.In fact, referring to these emotions and feelings as mere "challenges" almost seems to minimize this terrifying ordeal because the experience goes much deeper; it rattles one's foundation.
An increasing number of cancer patients are seeking massage therapy to facilitate improved health and well being; however, when administering massage treatment to oncology patients, there is one especially important hands-on consideration: no deep or vigorous touch is to be administered.
The internal landscape of an oncology patient is under continuous dynamic change that can cause the soft tissues to shift into a very fragile state. Oncology massage is gentle work, which is enough to foster a therapeutic need. There are three recommended therapeutic contacts in oncology massage:
The first level of contact is the lightest contact. The surface of the hands move broadly across the recipient's body, maintaining constant contact but never applying any level of pressure. This type of contact is commonly referred to as therapeutic touch or healing touch. This is the only contact suitable for hand placement over cancer sites.
The second level of contact is referred to as "lotioning" or neural stroking. It also is applied broadly but with very low contact. Pressure should be just enough to ensure that lotion is absorbed into the skin. The neural stroke is applied in a slow, rhythmic pace to sedate the nervous system.
The final level of contact engages with the flesh and soft tissues. In this contact, the hand is "soft." The palm of the hand and finger pads gently rest on the recipient's skin, or over the clothing or sheet. The "avocado test" is a useful method for determining the level of appropriate touch. If you are an avocado lover like I am, you know how important it is to find the right avocado. The "ripe" sticker may help you narrow your selection, but it is still necessary to test several. When you test an avocado, you place your hand around it and depress the surface very gently; you don't want to squeeze too hard, though, or you'll pierce the skin. Use the avocado test as a gauge when massaging oncology patients.
Oncology massage, unlike many other massage modalities, is a not a series of techniques or applied protocols. Rather, it is the practitioner's ability to recognize and work within clinically established guidelines and then make the bodywork adjustments required to accommodate any positioning, pressure, pace or site considerations that might apply. These positioning, pressure or site considerations are different for each person, and often change for patients from week to week.
As surgeon Bernie Siegel notes, "Massage therapy is not contraindicated in cancer patients; massaging a tumor is, but there is a great deal more to a person than their tumor."2
David Razo has practiced massage therapy and bodywork for more than 10 years, specializing in myofascia and pain management. He currently works with a medical doctor in private practice.
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