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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
April, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 04
Person-Centered Care: Why It Matters
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
We are all either an elder (some of us), someone who cares about an elder (most of us), or someone who will be an elder (practically all of us). According to the American Medical Association, in 2011 America's 78 million baby boomers will begin turning 65 at a rate of one every 10 seconds.Of those, about 69 percent will need some form of long-term care. What does this have to do with massage therapy and why should you care? As care communities across the nation adopt person-centered policies and practices, they are finding that massage therapy supports this mission.
A Changing Culture
You can't appreciate why person-centered care is such a hot topic today without a glimpse of how nursing homes developed. In 1900, older adults were mostly cared for by family. Impoverished elders found themselves in local "poor farms" or "almshouses" known for bad conditions. Keep in mind the average life expectancy in 1900 was 47.
With today's life expectancy at 78.9, medical advances have made it possible to live for years with chronic illness. In 1954, a federal law provided funding for building nursing homes that were affiliated with hospitals. Those facilities were designed like hospitals which became the standard and most of these facilities adopted the medical model of healthcare.
CMS states its "vision for long-term care is that the system will be person-centered; that is, the system will be organized around the needs of the in-dividual rather than around the settings where care is delivered."
Person-centered care is a moral philosophy of care that honors individual history, personality and preferences in one's daily routine. The focus is on the person rather than on the illness or disability, and the person's voice is heard in decisions about how to best provide care.
We each have things that are important to us in our daily lives and how we would want others to relate to us.
To illustrate this, I'll use myself as an example. If I were in a situation where I needed long-term care, I would want my coffee and time for quiet read-ing in the morning, a bath at night, to be served fresh vegetables, to go outdoors often and watch the birds, listen to the music I love like James Tay-lor and Ella Fitzgerald, have a weekly massage and PLEASE no bingo!
Person-centered care is more than choosing our activities and the food we eat. At its core is community and the relationship between the elder and care partners. Planetree, a non-profit organization, facilitates person-centered care in healing environments. I especially like its holistic model of care and have abbreviated it for the purpose of this article. Their holistic model includes:
Best Practice in Culture Change
The Institute for Caregiver Education identifies massage therapy as a best practice in culture change indicating the following benefits:
As massage therapists, we know the positive impact of touch to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual quality of life. Isn't it wonderful that now the long-term care profession is recognizing what we have known for years about the benefits of massage? Look again at the holistic model described. As a massage therapist, how might you contribute to each item?
Become an advocate for massage in care communities.
Learn about culture change initiatives in your state. Most states have organizations dedicated to advancing person-centered care. A place to start is the Pioneer Network state coalitions. Go to www.pioneernetwork.net and click on "State Coalitions" in the menu where you will find a directory.
Educate care partners. Network with long-term care professionals and provide information on the benefits of focused touch and sensitive massage for elders.
Request massage therapy services. If your role is to find a care community for a family member, make it a point to ask if the community offers massage therapy.
Develop your skills in serving elders in care settings and start a program in a local community.
Culture change will impact all of us in some way. Perhaps it represents a career opportunity. We might have a family member or friend in a care community. Or maybe one day we may find ourselves in need of long-term care. Regardless, we each have an opportunity to contribute to this important shift in the care of our elders.
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