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Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
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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