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Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
Olympic Bobsledder's Massage
By John G. Louis, CMT
For those of you who watched the Olympic Bobsled events during the Winter Games, you saw the fastest track in the world. It made for incredibly exciting competition. I had lots of interest in the events because one of my clients was there and competed, a 28-year-old former Cornell University football player named Jamie Moriarty. Jamie just happens to live in Winnetka, Illinois, very close to my clinic in the same town.
Bobsledders are chosen based on their speed and strength, necessary to push the sleigh at the beginning of the race. Over the rest of the course, the sleigh's speed depends on its weight. That's why really strong and fast football players make great bobsledders. Jamie is a tremendous athlete. His hard work and discipline earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team just a few weeks prior to the Games. No stranger to success, he has competed since 2006. He finished second in a World Cup four-man event at Lake Placid, New York in November 2009.
Because of the fact that competing at this level is so incredibly taxing, massage therapy is a welcomed part of their program. "Thankfully, our team had a massage therapist traveling with us. I always looked forward to my treatments and benefited from them immensely. I wish that we had massage therapy available to us when I was playing football at Cornell," said Moriarty, whose father and two of his uncles all played football in the NFL.
In working with Jamie, I spend a good amount of time on his arms and legs. Because there is so much emphasis on speed and strength, the athlete works their arms and legs incredibly hard in competition as well as in training. I use lots of direct pressure, deep stripping and cross-fiber friction. I like to take at least 90 minutes to work with Jamie; it's hard to make a therapeutic change without a significant treatment time period. It's always great for me to see an athlete come in all locked up and leave feeling completely freed up and restored.
I'm thankful for the Olympics because it is one of the ways competitive athletes were exposed to therapeutic massage. I found my way in through professional soccer, the other main entry point. Amazingly, the United States is still very far behind the rest of the world in the use of massage in treating athletes. I believe it is in part due to the fact that athletic trainers and physical therapists have relied a great deal on high-tech treatment machines like ultrasound and electric muscle stimulators. I believe that these machines have some therapeutic value. However, they don't replace the powerful hands-on treatment of skilled therapeutic massage. Ironically, third world countries couldn't afford these machines, so they relied on the team of massage therapists to provide their soft-tissue treatment. Consequently, I believe they have been better off because of it.
Massage therapy for competitive athletes continues to grow in this country. There were only a handful of us 30 years ago. There should be more and more opportunities for massage therapists to work in sports. If you are interested, try and get advanced training in good solid muscle therapy treatment training. Learn to treat tissue skillfully and therapeutically, and you will be very valuable!
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