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Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Are You Ready for the 2016 Patient?
In October, Apple released its iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The new system includes Health, a new app that will interface with an ever-growing number of other apps.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
We Get Letters & Email
Is It Time for a Popeye Moment? The Flaw in Recommending Chiropractic as a Career.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
Why Drugs and Supplements Can't Cure Disease
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be cured with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Hypertension is the best example of this.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Avoiding "Just a Pop Doc" Syndrome
Yes, it's harsh. Patients don't like to admit it. They have an unspoken plan when they first visit you: to come one time, get rid of their pain and then get rid of you. They know it's unrealistic, but they'd like to pay nothing for this service.
Home Safety: Help Families Avoid Common Injury Hazards at Home
These days, many parents childproof their homes before a baby is even mobile. You will see an array of electrical outlet covers, bumpers on the corners of the coffee table and safety latches on the cupboards.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
News in Brief
Life to Open Branch Campus in Italy; Northwestern Research Arm Benefits From Big Donation.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
Step by Step: Long-Term Treatment of Soft-Tissue Injuries Combines Skill and Care
Treating soft-tissue injuries with long-lasting results starts the moment an individual enters the office. When it comes to pain, the only thing that matters to the patient is relief.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also referred to as photobiomodulation, has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade.
Are You Ignoring the 10,000-Hour Rule?
Having trained interns and mentored new practitioners, it has been my observation that their No. 1 clinical concern is adjusting skills. Their second clinical concern is their ability to read X-rays. Physical diagnostic skills are a distant third.
Treating Acute and Chronic Neck Pain With Ischemic Compression and Exercise
There are many reasons not to manipulate the neck with cavitation: the patient is too old, their neck is too tight, etc. But the most common reason is that plenty of patients are afraid of "the crack," mostly because of the bad publicity about that procedure.
The Death of the Travel Card
As long as I have been in practice, the travel card has stood as the primary style of documentation for chiropractic. It is quick, simple and direct. Unfortunately, the rules have changed.
DC App – The Next Generation
According to a survey by technology firm CDW, health care professionals gain approximately 1.2 hours per day in productivity simply by using a tablet computer in practice.
Solving the Pain Puzzle
Legendary former New York Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." He would have been a great chiropractor. We are trained to become experts with our hands: palpation, adjusting, soft-tissue release, etc.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
September, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 09
Student Case Report Winners Announced
Massage Therapy Foundation Also Announces Editorial Changes at IJTMB
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) recently announced the winners of the 2012 Student Case Report Contest. According to the Foundation, the Student Case Report Contest exists to promote research literacy in massage therapy schools by encouraging instructors to integrate research into their schools' existing programs.The goal of the program is to encourage schools to come on board and support the program so students can learn to write effective research case reports and simultaneously begin to learn how to incorporate research into their future massage practices.
Each of the case reports reflected a different area of research and study into the effects of massage therapy on a variety of conditions. First place winner Mary Wakefield of the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland, studied "The Effects of Massage Therapy on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome." She receives a $2,500 cash prize contingent on undergoing the peer review process for publication in a scientific journal. She and her school supervisor also received a $1,000 stipend to attend the 2012 American Massage Therapy Association annual convention in Raleigh, NC, next month.
Second place was awarded to Heidie Furin of the Cortiva Institute-Seattle, for her case report entitled "Combination Structural and Swedish Massage on a Patient with Post-Operative Bunions." Third place went to Nicole Riou of Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada for her report on "Massage Therapy for Essential Tremor: Quieting the Mind." Both the second and third place winners will receive $2,000 and $1,500 cash prizes respectively that are also contingent upon undergoing a peer review process for publication in a scientific journal.
The MTF also awarded two Honorable Mentions to Raeann Lisiecki for her report, "Investigating the Effect of Massage Therapy on Phantom Limb Sensation and Pain on a Double Amputee" and Danielle Van Holst for her report, "Massage Therapy Treatment for Scar of Post Tibia/Fibula Reconstructive Surgery and Fasciotomy." All participating students are encouraged to submit a poster abstract for the 2012 AMTA convention. Visit the MTF website for additional information on the submission process.
The Student Case Report Contest opens this month with a deadline of June 1, 2013. The Practitioner Case Report contest is open with a deadline of October, 1, 2012. For more information about the MTF and the student case report winners, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.
Editorial Changes at IJTMB
The MTF also recently announced some editorial changes taking place at the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), the massage industry's open access scientific journal sponsored by the MTF. Antony Porcino, PhD, has taken over as Executive Editor after the departure in early 2012 of long-time previous editor Dr. Glenn Hymel. Dr. Hymel is now serving as the Journal's Senior Consulting Editor and Emeritus Founding Executive Editor. Dr. Porcino recently completed his PhD in health services research, specifically research design issues in complementary and alternative medicine. His thesis focused on how therapeutic massage and bodywork practitioner's training and experience needs to be addressed in research design.
"Dr. Glenn Hymel's vision and leadership brought the IJTMB to a high level of acceptance in the scientific community in a remarkably short time," said MTF President Ruth Werner. "While we are excited to welcome Dr. Procino as the new Executive Editor, we are grateful that Dr. Hymel will continue to serve in an advisory capacity."
Another change was the addition of Albert Moraska, PhD, who joins the IJTMB as the Research Section Editor. Dr. Moraska is a past member of the MTF Board of Trustees and received his doctorate in Integrative Physiology in 2002 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently as Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and has been actively teaching and conducting research on massage therapy since 1994.
According to the MTF, "The Journal continues to push forward and make a name for itself within the massage and bodywork profession, evidenced by its inclusion in the indexes of PubMed Central, Quertle, the Directory of Open Access Journals, CrossRef, Healthindex, Index Copernicus, Google Scholar, Hinari and Scopus."
The IJTMB is an open access, peer reviewed publication intended to accommodate the diverse needs of the rapidly expanding therapeutic massage and bodywork community. Principal sections of the journal span the areas of research, education and clinical practice. For more information or a free subscription, visit www.ijtmb.org.
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