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Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
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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