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Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
The Future of the Profession and the Evolution of Massage
By Velvete Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI
As with any career growth, is inevitable to maintain success, massage therapy included. Just as the medical profession continues its growth with research and new technology, massage therapy strives to do the same, or at least it should.At best, many therapists will continue to read articles about stone massage, trigger point therapy or aromatherapy to help inspire them to continue in their practice rather than striving to "add" to massage therapy in a brand new way.
By taking a look at and emulating professions around us, we can better understand how they have evolved and what it will take for massage therapy to evolve to that next level as well. Oh, I know I hear it all the time that massage therapy is as good as it gets. Even though this may be true on some levels, it's not true on all levels.
Each year, we have thousands of students graduating massage school, but leaving very few to make it past the 7 year mark. If massage is as good as it gets, then why are we only practicing for 7 years and then leaving the field? It doesn't have to be this way.
Massage therapy has so much to offer clients if we are willing to take the time that it so well deserves. Many times, we are the first introduction to wellness and stress reduction, and many times while clients are in our office it's the only time they'll even think about taking care of "them." This is one way we can evolve massage to that next level of professionalism and realism.
We will never evolve as long as we think we are better than another profession or that we feel our clients should avoid other healthcare providers. In order to evolve, we must be willing to blend the two worlds of holistic and medical together with harmony and grace in order to continue growth, awareness, safety and most of all enlightenment. Enlightenment simply means we have come into the knowing of something. Enlightenment can only occur if we are willing to open ourselves to the world around us showing us how to become better people, better therapists and better at understanding unity.
In my practice, I call myself a "hybrid," a hybrid of blended services and information to better meet the individual needs of each and every client. Each client is an individual and to enhance their experience, we must be willing to make those little adjustments in each session that is unique to them. Just because one technique worked for one client, doesn't mean it will have the same affect on another. The same is true about the information we share.
In the beginning of any new practice, we all have new clients coming in and we begin our educational material on "the importance of drinking more water after a session." And then we continue to educate them further on bath salts, aromatherapy, etc. But then, one day, we wake up and we realize we've been doing this for 7 years and we're bored. We're tired of handing out the water sheets, or worse, we have no new clients to hand these sheets out to. However, this is where it gets really interesting!
If I'm going to be a gallbladder specialist, of course I'm going to want to know everything I can about the gallbladder. Now, if I only take the information at hand and not think about it, and I just apply the information into my practice, I might do pretty well for myself. But what if I took that information, applied it to some other knowledge, and then what if I developed a combination of holistic approaches and medical approaches and came up with a hot new way to clear the gallbladder of gall stones without surgery? It's physicians like this that have allowed the medical world to scratch its head to say, "We need to do something different." And different is what we are getting with what is being coined as "functional medicine." The medical community is evolving.
If the medical community is evolving, we will be left behind if we don't open our eyes and see what is happening outside our little dark rooms. It's by asking that we grow. As I stated earlier, many times we are the first introduction in self care and self appreciation. Many times, we are the first source of holistic/medical treatment folks will seek because someone else shared a success story with them. That being said, can you imagine how important it is to know something about supplementation, stretching, other physicians in the area, and most important other holistic healthcare providers that can meet the client's needs that might be outside of your scope of practice? You would become a lifesaver to many!
So, what am I talking about here when it comes to the "Evolution of Massage?" Well, here are some great starters:
Dr. Velvete H. Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI, is a published author, inventor, licensed massage therapist and wellness coach. With more than 35 years in corporate American, and in the medical and holistic field of health and wellness, Dr. Womack strives to provide individuals tools that will aid in balance and stress reduction. For more information, visit www.massagebyvelvete.com.
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