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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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.
September 20, 2010
MTF Announces 2010 Community Service and Research Grants
PRESS RELEASE - The Massage Therapy Foundation is proud to announce that four community service projects and one research study have been funded for the 2010 granting cycle.
Alisher Sharipov of Tigard, OR was granted $5,000 for her work with Medical Teams International. Through this grant, this program (now in its third year) will provide bodywork to Uzbekistanian orphans as well as bodywork training to their caregivers. Ages 4-18 years, these children have a broad range of abnormalities from central nervous system disorders to cerebral palsy. Through the previous grants, practitioners provided bodywork to 320 orphans and reeducated 30 caregivers about the benefits of massage therapy. After the 2008 and 2009 trips, 80 children who were previously confined to their beds can now walk. Thanks to this grant, two additional massage therapists will travel to the area in 2010 to train local caregivers and empower them to share their techniques with others making this initiative sustainable and available for many more children. This grant is funded in memory of Kathie King.
Leslie Korn with the Center for Traditional Medicine in Olympia, WA was granted $5,000 for her work on "Massage Therapy for Indigenous Women of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico". Since 1977 the Center for Traditional Medicine (CTM) has directed a small public health clinic in rural Mexico. Founder, massage therapist, and researcher Leslie Korn, Ph.D., has hosted volunteer health professionals and made massage therapy available to impoverished locals. This grant provides funds to expand the clinic's efforts into additional villages to provide treatment for those suffering from chronic pain as well as untreated or insufficiently treated injuries. Two massage therapists will give one-hour massages in the rural clinic or travel overland as necessary to reach immobilized clients. Many of these clients work in the fields, tend their families in inadequate conditions, travel rough terrain by foot, and correspondingly suffer from osteoarthritis of the elbows, hands, and knees. Massage therapy is meant to enhance their indigenous solutions for pain resolution and mobility, and promote self-care. This grant was sponsored in part by Biotone.
Shay Beider of Tucson, AZ was granted $5,000 for her work with "Integrative Health Care Solutions/Integrative Touch for Kids". She has designed this no-cost healing retreat getaway at an Arizona ranch that serves as a haven for children who have developmental disabilities, genetic conditions, chronic, acute, and life-limiting illnesses. More than 60 healing arts practitioners (including 15-25 massage therapists) blend their expertise to provide access to therapies to assist in pain management, improve quality of life, and empower the children to be part of their own healing processes. This grant allows for two days of tailored training for 15 massage therapists prior to each healing retreat. They'll learn massage techniques especially for these special needs children, unique communication methods, additional skills for relating to family members and caregivers, safety guidelines, and specifics to help them adhere to limitations. By the end of the grant reporting period, an additional 20 massage therapists will be eligible to provide massage to these children and 14 children with special needs and their 44 family members will have benefited from a Healing Retreat.
John Duke of Portland, OR was granted $5,000 for his project "Outside In". Outside In provides primary health care to more than 7,400 homeless and low-income people in Portland, Oregon. For more than 40 years, center staff has provided care on a sliding scale; those unable to pay are still treated. Services include substance abuse and mental health treatment, and chronic disease and medical case management. The center has had intermittent volunteer massage therapy available for clients receiving care for physical trauma in the orthopedic clinic. This grant will allow the center to hire a part-time massage therapist to provide four hours of 50-minute therapeutic massages a week to at least 200 clients over the course of a year. The staff massage therapist will also integrate and coordinate the work of additional volunteer massage therapists with that of other health care providers. This first year of funding from the Massage Therapy Foundation will help strengthen the existing business model and allow Outside In to sustain and grow the program in subsequent years. This grant was sponsored in part by Biotone.
Nina C. Franklin, LMT, Ph.D. (Cand) from the University of Illinois at Chicago was granted $30,000 for her study "Efficacy of Massage Therapy in Attenuating Vascular Dysfunction after Exertion-Induced Muscle Injury. Exertion-induced muscle injury is a recurrent problem that most frequently results from strenuous physical work or exercise involving eccentric contractions and clinically presents as pain and discomfort lasting up to 7 days. Research suggests that muscle injury triggers a local inflammatory response. Production of pro-inflammatory mediators by neutrophils, during the early phase of this response, may initiate systemic inflammation characterized by enhanced adhesion of neutrophils to the endothelium, excess reactive oxygen species production, and consequently, vascular dysfunction. Currently, there is no universally accepted treatment for exertion-induced muscle injury, however, massage therapy is often recommended for reducing associated symptoms.
The purpose of this research project is to determine the efficacy of massage therapy in attenuating vascular dysfunction in healthy sedentary young adults following acute exposure to exertion-induced muscle injury. Individuals who meet inclusion criteria will be assigned to one of three groups: 1) massage therapy treatment following exposure to exertion-induced muscle injury, 2) a control condition of exertion-induced muscle injury without massage therapy, or 3) a control condition of massage therapy without exertion-induced muscle injury. Our studies will employ an integrated approach with in-vivo and in-vitro physiologic methods to address independent and dual effects of exertion-induced muscle injury and massage therapy treatment on vascular function. The hypothesis to be tested is that massage therapy treatment performed after acute exposure to exertion-induced muscle injury will protect against vascular dysfunction and oxidative stress.
The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.
Source: Massage Therapy Foundation
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