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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
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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