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TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
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.
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.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
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.
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.
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.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
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.
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.)
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
Making a Difference
By Angie Patrick
Some people can live their whole lives unconcerned with the state of affairs of their community, the friends they have, or the profession they choose. I think we all know someone like this. It seems the only interest in life they have is simply to make more money, amass more material things, and to elevate themselves regardless the cost.
Unsavory as they are, they certainly can help to shed light on the attributes most of us would like to avoid in ourselves and our friends. While the description above is unsavory, there are varied shades of grey that are not so extreme. None of us intend to fall into these grey areas, but sometimes, it's really all too easy to get so wrapped up in our own little micro-galaxy that we forget the bigger universe spinning around us.
The bills have to be paid, the house has to be cleaned, the laundry must be done, the kids must get to school, and the needs of your own half acre can sometimes seem to be greater than the sum of what you can provide, especially in hard economic times. We work so hard to make everything go precisely as planned that we sometimes deplete the well that exists within us filled with the desire to give to our community. In fact, many of you reading this are probably even saying, "I am tapped out, Angie. ... It is all I can do to make my practice successful and keep that balanced with the needs at home." I hear you. And I can truly identify with this.
As with everything in our lives, there must be balance. I am no stranger to working and trying to make my home a happy and healthy place for me and my family. I certainly cannot tell you where your threshold lies for capacity to participate in other community enriching activities or self-enriching pursuits. No one knows that but you; it is a personal decision and one only you can make for yourself. But I can share with you my experience from making the active choice to MAKE the time to be an activist for positive change in the massage community; it has enabled me to feel as if I am making an impact on my community, while replenishing the well inside me that desires to do good for others. And it doesn't really pull from the needs of the job or the needs of the family.
I think anyone who knows me would have to say it is more than just a little obvious that I love massage. I love it for many reasons. First, the health benefit it has provided to my family and those I love has been profound. Second, it is the means by which I provide for my family and their needs. It provides a roof over our head, and it provides the food on our dinner table. Most of my friends are in this industry, and many more people I know through Facebook, tradeshows, and through public speaking are also in this profession. To say massage permeates my life would be an understatement. So, for me, after recognizing the impact massage has on all phases of my life, it makes sense that I needed to find a way to balance what massage provides me with a gift I can give to support the profession that is so important to me in so many ways. In thinking about what I can do, I came upon two things. One, provide the best quality professional grade products on the market at a reasonable and fair price, while upholding the standard of professionalism for our industry. And two, by being a proponent for supporting massage therapy research and beating the drum about its importance to each of us who depend on massage as a means of support. Without research, the future of massage is at risk. Suppose there were no more contributions made to the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), and no further research was possible. In a very short while, massage therapy would fall decades behind and we would be taking huge strides back into the dark ages when "massage" meant something completely different than it does now. It would no longer hold the stature it does now, and it would certainly no longer hold the interest of the medical community as a true therapeutic means for facilitating and maintaining overall health.
How would this impact our ability to maintain our own micro-galaxy? I believe it would be impactful enough to make many of us have to leave the profession we love and look into other careers far less rewarding, and for which we have far less passion. I don't know about you, but I can certainly see the importance of continued forward momentum in quantifying the belief we all hold: TOUCH HEALS. Without those in the field documenting, conducting field trials, and making strides to publish papers with outcomes of these trials - our profession dies on the vine.
I, for one, choose not to allow this to happen. I cannot fix the world, but I can facilitate positive change within the community I love. I can bring about fundraising opportunities to assist in funding research. I can speak to the need for research whenever I am given the chance. And I can donate on a personal level, so that I can be certain I am part of the fix, and not part of the challenge. I can try to instill in others the impact we, as the custodians of the profession, can have upon future generations of therapists by doing a small part to create big changes.
Think about this: If there are 250,000 (estimated number) therapists practicing in the U.S., and we were able to mobilize just 10 percent of these therapists to give up just two "venti-skinny-mocha-latte's w/ whip" each year, and take that money and write a check to the MTF, we could raise almost overnight a whopping HALF-MILLION DOLLARS the first year alone! Can you imagine how much change this could facilitate? What if more mobilized and we each encouraged others within our community to do the same? We could expand that percentage exponentially, and by doing so, we could all help insure the future of massage therapy for generations to come.
The small parts done by many become stellar in size and can change the future of at least part of the Universe. I choose to be a proponent for positive change. I know it takes a small effort on my part, but it is absolutely worth it to me. I will make the effort. Will you?
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