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The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
October, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 10
In Memoriam: Dianne Polseno
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
On May 12, 2012, the massage therapy profession lost one of its biggest champions. Dianne Polseno died of cancer, eight months to the day after her diagnosis. She passed after an overwhelming illness, a rich life and an illustrious career in touch education.
Dianne had boundless energy and gave it freely. She always made time for people who needed her. A common experience people had upon meeting her was the sense that they had known her forever. She was warm, direct, strong and loving. As a teacher, practitioner, activist and administrator, she encouraged and mentored many of her students and colleagues along the way. She was known for her dedication and hard work, as well as her strong opinions. She was fiercely protective of massage therapy.
Dianne's signature is a regular column and an entire body of work on ethics in massage therapy. Her writing was always clean, clear and practical, and she churned out many glorious turns of phrase. She brought wonderful case studies to her column and made the reader feel that ethics were intertwined with the daily life of the practitioner. She welcomed questions from readers and answered them thoughtfully and thoroughly. Her contributions to this tender, growing area of massage therapy are deeply appreciated and will endure for a long time.
Massage therapy students who had the happy chance to study with her at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy raved about her courses. She taught science, drawing on her previous life in nursing and a passion for the workings of the human body. One of her greatest contributions was a continuing education course in cadaver anatomy where she brought massage therapists into the lab to view, touch and hold the human anatomy. She taught with reverence and a deep well of expertise. As a teacher, she received outstanding reviews.
Dianne received many awards and recognitions over her career, notably the 2006 AMTA Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award. That same year, she began work at Cortiva Institute-Boston as the Education Director where she rose to become its Campus President. While there, she navigated all of her administrative responsibilities while maintaining the long view of what massage therapy could become in the world of health care.
Although Dianne was prominent in the profession, many contributions were quiet and behind the scenes. Her 20-year practice in massage therapy served a wide range of clients. She worked with children with disabilities, athletes and people with serious illness. She massaged many members of her adoring family, including several when they were infants and young children. She had a strong connection to the younger world; as a faithful aunt to many lucky children, she was an attentive caregiver and gift giver.
Dianne's sense of humor was legendary. She was irreverent, self-deprecating and wacky, with brilliant comic timing. She kept her students' attention with mnemonics, stories and her characteristic arm-waving. Story after story brought massage therapy and science to life. She maintained her sense of humor throughout her illness, writing beautifully about her cancer experience on her CaringBridge journal (www.caringbridge.org/visit/diannepolseno). The site has been kept alive by her sisters and people continue to contribute. It is an impressive account of spirit and strength in the face of cancer.
Dianne's personality and gifts to the world were larger than life. The loss of her is deeply felt in the New England massage therapy community, the national American Massage Therapy Association, massage education and among her many colleagues and fans around the country. Yet, after she left us, I had the distinct feeling that the empty space she left behind was already filing with all that she brought to us while she was here.
The last time I saw Dianne, I thanked her for all that she gave to our profession. I asked her if she wouldn't mind, wherever she was going next, to continue looking after it and looking after us. As I expected, she agreed without hesitation. Her service to the large goodness of skilled touch will endure for decades. Generations of therapists, clients and teachers will be buoyed by her unseen support. And Dianne Polseno's spirit keeps on in these words she has been credited with: "We are changing the world, one massage at a time."
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