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Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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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