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The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
Falls to Remember
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
It's September! Hope you had a wonderful summer. This year fall will be really interesting because of a very important election. America now has two classes, a ruling class and the rest of us.If you really want affordable health care that includes alternative providers, and a prosperous economy, you have to become active in getting rid of the ruling class. This happens by voting out every incumbent, every election for about a decade. It does not matter what party an incumbent belongs to, if they are an incumbent they are part of the ruling class and they do not work for you or represent you, they work for the best interests of the ruling class. They are all bought and paid for by the huge money interests, the ones that they bailed out with your tax dollars. If we want to restore our country to the land of the free and the home of the brave, we must throw out the ruling class. For you, "loyal to a party idealogs," this will be painful initially, but in about two election cycles there will be candidates to vote for that have our best interests in mind instead of the ruling class. We have to go through the party shills first and then good, honest candidates can rise through the ranks. It is best to do this at the primary level, but it is too late for that this year, so in November, do your part to bring back true representative government - throw the bums out! Register and vote against all incumbents for the next decade. Your practice, your patients, and your health will benefit from it. Please help restore a government of the people instead of a ruling class of professional politicians. NO more incumbents!!
The Story on the History Story
I know this column was supposed to be about massage history. However, my primary source for 1920 - 1930's massage history has died and I am having trouble recovering the research he did on that era. I want the information I share with you to be accurate, so I must wait until I can find the facts and dates. Standby, as you will be quite surprised by the story and the lessons it has to teach us. (If anyone has a copy of Richard Van Why's handout from his presentation on massage history at an AMTA convention, I believe in Fort Worth, Texas in the late 1980s or early 90s please contact me.)
Falling Down the Educational Spiral
There is a phenomenon in education. It is that no instructor ever teaches all they know to their students and no student ever learns all they are taught. The student who did not learn all they were taught becomes an instructor and does not teach all they know to another generation of students who do not learn all they are taught and the downward spiral continues. Of course self-motivated instructors go out and constantly learn more and more, hopefully becoming more accomplished than their own instructors. However, this is the exception as sadly, very few people in any profession, or life for that matter, strive to become the best they can be. Most float along in mediocrity.
In the massage profession, our growth has been so rapid that the profession has not been able to produce an adequate number of qualified, field-experienced instructors. In many cases, graduates from this year's class are hired to teach next year's class. Some states have enacted standards for entry-level massage instructors but the standards are usually based on a number of years in the profession. This is better than nothing. However, just as a good mechanic does not necessarily make a good shop foreman, a practicing therapist does not necessarily make a good teacher. Further, there is more to teaching a class than just knowing how to do a massage. Just because you can do it does not mean you can teach it. There is a skill set required for teaching that is different from the skill set required for practicing. It is time that our profession adopts comprehensive standards for entry-level instructors and begin to implement them.
The ABMP has made a significant contribution to this end. They funded the creation and publishing of a textbook to train massage instructors, Teaching Massage, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. It is a 344-page primer to help all those rookie instructors learn some of the core skills that are taught at university education schools, but shaped with a massage perspective. ABMP sent a free copy to every massage school in the country. If you are a massage instructor at an entry-level school and have not seen this book, ask for it, study it, and implement what you learn from it. It will probably make your teaching life better, it will help you train better therapists, and most importantly, it will help provide better massages to the public. Providing the best possible massage to the public should always be the goal guiding our profession.
New Kid on the Block
A new organization has emerged in our profession. It is the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, an independent association to give educators a voice in the profession and hopefully serve as a resource to improve massage education. There are membership categories for schools, school instructors, and CE providers. If you are involved in massage education, this organization deserves your support. Seriously consider joining. For more info: http://www.afmte.org. (Editor's note: Ralph Stephens is on the Alliance Board of Directors.)
The Fall of Nutrition
The Unholy Alliance of Monsanto, Dupont, and the Obama administration are working 24/7 to bring more toxic chemicals and genetically modified foods into your digestive system. They are now working on approving GMO salmon and wheat. GMO sugar beets have been approved recently, and a Bush administration ban on GMO alfalfa is about to be overturned. If you care about what you eat, and you should, you can keep up with the news through the Organic Consumers Association. This is a very left-leaning group that worked very hard to get Obama elected, hoping for change, and now is appalled that the change is allowing even more environmental and nutritional destruction by agribusiness and Food, Inc. than ever before. You can subscribe to their free newsletter and read their articles at www.organicconsumers.org.
Remember you are what you eat and think. It is time to get involved people, before it is too late, and that threshold is rapidly approaching.
See you Thanksgiving month with my 70th column - gobble gobble.
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