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Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
Click here for more information about Tracy Walton, LMT, MS.
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