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The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
January, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 01
Massage and the Medical Community: MD Provides Answers
By Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
A lot has changed in the field of massage therapy since I entered it 30 years ago. We now have specialty areas to focus in, continuing education to pursue, conferences and workshops to attend and many wonderful products to support and sell.Most importantly, massage therapy is now viewed by the majority of healthcare practitioners as a viable method of treating and managing health issues. Massage therapists are now on staff at hospitals, doctors' offices and assisted living facilities. And I do believe in my lifetime, we will see health insurance start to cover massage therapy for certain health issues.
In fact, one of my most loyal clients, Sara McCracken, happens to be a doctor. She retired from her position as the Director of the Breast Center at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after having a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. After experiencing the benefits of massage, she encouraged her mother (who was also a doctor) to start getting massages for herself as well. I decided to interview her, for a medical practitioner's view of massage in today's world. Below is part of our conversation.
Dr. M: Weekly, since 1996.
SP: Has your opinion on the benefits of massage changed over the years?
Dr. M: Yes, I used to see it as a mechanism for just pleasure and relaxation. However, after I had breast cancer and a year of chemotherapies, surgeries and radiation, I was too exhausted to do any exercise. I started getting massages soon after that on a regular weekly basis. It improved my circulation and really increased my energy levels which were abysmally low. I developed significant arthritis and joint pain from some of the drugs I was still taking to keep the cancer at bay. Massage helped me remain more flexible. After a few years, the radiation caused significant tightening of the musculature in my chest on the left side, as well as the left side of my neck. This caused significant imbalance of the intercostals and paraspinal muscles. I did have physical therapy for many months as well as therapeutic massage each week and the massage helped to slow down the contracture of the muscles.
SP: For what conditions/problems do you recommend massage to your patients?
Dr. M: I recommend it especially for people who have had radiation and many patients on cancer medications, both for stress relief and physical pain. I also suggest massage for people with arthritis and other joint problems.
SP: In your experience, what has been the most "misunderstood" concept about massage in the medical community?
Dr. M: That it has no medical benefit – that it is more like a pedicure or facial because so many therapists happen to be housed in beauty salons or spas.
SP: Do you have any thoughts on whether or not massage should or should not be covered by health insurance?
Dr. M: YES! I hope it is covered for therapeutic massage, such as geriatric massage, sports injuries and for conditions like arthritis and numerous other chronic health conditions.
SP: Anything else you would like to say about massage and its benefits?
Dr. M: My mother Margaret, now deceased, was a retired doctor with significant arthritis and poor circulation. Massage therapy really helped her circulation and arthritis pain. Again, she would not have risked a "salon" massage targeting the younger, healthier population. But after seeing my success with it and finding a massage therapist with continuing education skills that had a private practice, she was willing to try it, and ended up fully supporting it. We both frequently had leg cramps. Massage therapy helps to release the lactic acid build up. Some of my medications also give me quad and hamstring muscle cramps that can hurt for many days unless I get my massage. It seems to be the only thing that helps manage that pain. I just cannot stress enough how much massage has helped me and my mother. I whole heartedly recommend it to people suffering from chronic pain.
I didn't realize I had been working with Dr. Sara for almost 20 years until we started this interview! That is one of the many perks of this career: clients that end up becoming respected colleagues, good acquaintances or personal friends. As I reflected upon this, I realized how fortunate I am to have entered this career field. I have spent the past 30 years helping people feel better on a daily basis and now I get to teach the next generation of therapists to do the same!
Sharon Puszko is the owner/director/educator for Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute. She may be contacted at
or through her Web site: www.daybreak-massage.com.
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