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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
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."
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?"
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12
Serving America's Finest
Veterans see the benefits of massage and therapists find a calling
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The men and women in uniform who serve our country so faithfully often come home from battle with a variety of health issues, both physical and mental.And many of these brave warriors are finding that massage therapy is a great treatment for what ails them. Veterans hospitals are looking at the research and many massage therapists are finding that serving those who protect us is an honor and a special calling. Massage Today is pleased to announce that the 2012 Heroes of the Profession are all the therapists who faithfully serve our military heroes.
Returning soldiers and veterans from prior conflicts can suffer from a variety of issues when they return home. These issues include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, isolation, insomnia and other sleep disorders, fatigue, chronic pain, anger issues and even substance abuse. For many of these individuals, massage therapy is an affordable and drug-free option to help them deal with these issues.
VA Recognizes Massage
The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs has been keeping a close eye on massage and other complementary therapies as more and more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home with not only neuromuscular issues but mental health issues as well. An extensive study was published last year in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development and featured prominently on the Veteran's Affairs web site. The study, "Complementary and alternative medicine use among veterans with chronic noncancer pain" was conducted with the help of the Portland Center for the Study of Chronic, Comorbid Physical and Mental Disorders, the Portland Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and the Department of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University.
The results of the study were promising, with researchers concluding that the "results support efforts of the VA to increase access to CAM treatment options for veterans and suggest that the addition of massage therapy as a treatment option would be popular among veterans with chronic pain."
A nationwide organization called Hands for Heroes (www.handsforheroes.net) recruits massage therapists to help in "healing our nation's protectors." Hands for Heroes reminds therapists that the work they do doesn't just benefit the returning soldier. "As health care providers, you are already aware of the profound effect bodywork has in alleviating pain, reducing stress and balancing lives. For every veteran to whom you provide service, this will in turn affect the lives of their family, friends and associates."
Hands for Heroes believes its mission "is to make available to our returning veterans, bodywork therapy through numerous health care centers and individuals across the U.S." When a therapist decides to become a Hands for Heroes partner, the organization provides marketing materials, a gift certificate template, a certificate to show the therapist's support for veterans and they can also include your business in its national registry.
Therapists who live close to military bases and see the service members and their families on a regular basis are also getting involved in serving this clientele on an individual basis. Robert and Melanie Sachs began working with now retired Brig. General James T. Cook, on the Welcoming Warriors Home project. This project also recruits therapists nationwide to offer returning veterans and their families complimentary health and wellness plans and services. So far, they have therapists, spas and yoga studios in California, Georgia, Idaho, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas participating in this program.
In their work, Robert and Melanie use specific treatments of Ayurveda. One of their most popular treatments is a process known as Shirodhara, where a fine stream of oil is poured onto the forehead for a period of time. They say that, "the result is a significant increase in serotonin, providing a deep sense of relaxation, which helps veterans with both mood and sleep issues." To learn more about this project and how you might become involved, visit Robert and Melanie's website at www.diamondwayayurveda.com/welcomehome.html.
America's men and women in uniform, and their families, sacrifice a great deal to protect our freedoms. They believe their calling is in service to their nation. Massage Today celebrates those therapists who feel called to serve these brave men and women. The healing touch you provide offers relief and comfort to those who have seen destruction and may have tragically lost fellow warriors in combat. In faithfully serving this amazing population, you have become our 2012 Heroes of the Profession.
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