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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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
The Second Oncology Massage Healing Summit
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
In May, I attended one of my favorite conferences of all time: "The Oncology Massage Healing Summit". The setting was fabulous. The Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota hosted the conference, and a planning committee of members of the Society for Oncology Massage put it together.
Gayle MacDonald (author of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer), and a member of the planning committee, introduced the conference and the inspiring keynote speaker, Cathy Fanslow-Brunjes, a seasoned hospice nurse who spoke on "Hope: A Dynamic Process in Living." Conference attendees were also spellbound by a live performance of "Jonna's Body: Please Hold," an award-winning one-woman show by Jonna Tamases, a three-time cancer survivor.
Breakout sessions at the conferences were outstanding, and even if I listed them all here, I would not be able to do them justice. Presenters included oncology massage therapists, researchers, teachers, and pioneers in the field. They came from hospital settings, private practice, spas, and teaching settings. The common theme was working safely, well, and with full presence with people with cancer. I thoroughly enjoyed Toni Muirhead's session on the Lebed method (a system of movement therapy for people with cancer), Eleanor Oyston's presentation on theory and science behind gentle touch, Rene Janiece's protocol for safe work with people with lymphedema, and Cheryl Chapman's session on the psychological and emotional impact of mastectomy.
But there was much more. There were rich panel discussions and group presentations on creating your dream in oncology massage, developing community-based oncology massage clinics, the role of massage in oncology management, and teaching caregivers to massage their loved ones with cancer. There were presentations on massaging children with cancer, skin care and esthetics for cancer patients, scar and adhesion release, yoga for people with cancer, and writing successful grant proposals. There was even a live cadaver lab, and a poster session of research, case studies, and descriptions of programs in oncology massage. In-depth post-conference workshops were given by Cheryl Chapman and Jamie Elswick. It was a full and exciting weekend.
The growing global interest in massage and touch for people with cancer was evident in attendees from all over the globe: from Alaska to Australia, from Maine to Florida, and from Texas to Brazil. A dozen attendees received funding to attend from the Cynthia Delano Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in honor of Dr. Myers' vast contributions to oncology massage, research, and integrative medicine. People were there from small community hospitals as well as prominent cancer centers such as MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
I was particularly moved by the strong presence of the co-sponsor, the Society for Oncology Massage, which had begun its life in discussions at the first Oncology Massage Healing Summit in Toledo in 2007. Since that time, the society has opened for membership. It now boasts an oncology massage therapist locator service, extensive educational and advocacy resources, and a clearinghouse for research, quotes, and stories. At the Society for Oncology Massage Web site (www.s4om.org), the role of skilled, thoughtful touch in the lives of people with cancer and cancer histories is made abundantly clear. By the time the next Summit rolls around, tentatively planned at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the Society for Oncology Massage should be a fixture in cancer care.
In my experience, the best professional gatherings in the massage profession engage the full heart, mind, body, and soul. This one certainly did. As we ended with a blessing, "We are One," with voices from the Four Directions, I thought of all of the people who were touched by massage, and in particular those who navigate cancer treatment, survivorship, end of life, diagnosis and caregiving. Then, I understood the full sphere of influence of massage. It was an honor to take part in this gathering. I breathed in all of the good will and let it soak into my whole being, returning to my work with renewed energy and inspiration.
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