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Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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 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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
Help for Hospital-Based Massage Therapy
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
As interest in hospital-based massage therapy grows, more and more massage therapists want to work in hospitals. Many have asked for guidance in starting and joining hospital-based massage therapy (HBMT) programs. Massage therapists have much to offer the hospital setting. With skilled touch and caring hearts, massage therapists are a natural fit. We can support patients, families and hospital staff, where our services are badly needed. It is an exciting time to be learning, teaching and serving in these settings.
For many therapists, the point of entry into hospital work is oncology massage. These two movements — hospital-based massage therapy and oncology massage — serve each other. To the many therapists interested in HBMT, I offer the Society for Oncology Massage, on the growing list of resources below.
Although there is increased interest in HBMT, massage therapists face many challenges in starting up programs and even working in existing programs. Many of these challenges are educational: most basic massage training programs do not adequately prepare massage therapists for electronic medical records, HIPAA, hospital culture and the norms of professional behavior. Likewise, skills in program development and massage protocols for hospital settings are not typically part of basic education. Moreover, many massage therapists tell me how overwhelmed and under prepared they feel when working with the complex medical conditions and varied client presentations they find in the hospital setting. As a profession, we have a lot to learn.
The following are some valuable HBMT resources:
The National Conversation
These are just some of the resources that are contributing to the national conversation about hospital-based massage. That conversation should answer important questions including: How can we prepare the profession to move into this setting? What will it take for massage therapy to assume a greater role in health care? How can massage therapists work more skillfully with people with complex medical conditions, in and out of the hospital? How will we need to improve our skills in interviewing, charting, hands-on applications, clinical decision-making and using research evidence?
The answers to these questions and others will deepen our skills and move our profession forward. Patients, caregivers, hospital staff and the massage profession will benefit when we can answer the call to work in the hospital setting. Then we will move firmly into place in health care.
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