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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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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