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What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01
Vacuum Therapies for Breast Care and Surgical Applications
By Anita J. Shannon, LMBT
The last two years revealed some amazing experiences as we delved deeper into breast care and surgical applications using vacuum therapies. In 2015 I organized two practicum programs, where graduates came to work on clients who have had issues around breast health such as fibrocystic and dense breast tissue, and surgeries such as lumpectomies, mastectomies, breast augmentations and reductions.
Therapy goals are unique to each individual, and because results are apparent very soon into the series of treatments, it is exciting to participate in their progress and healing, as well as observe the impact on their lives.
A client who participated in our first breast health and surgical program came to us with great hesitation. I watched her arrive in the parking lot and turn her car off, then back on, three times. She finally came into the center and sat nervously in a chair. When it came time for us to interview her, she was very uncomfortable, yet was finally able to share her story.
Fifteen years ago, she went in for breast reduction surgery and came out with the equivalent of a double mastectomy. One of her breasts became infected and for eight months she had to change and pack in new dressings daily. She described how she needed to mentally and emotionally separate herself from the procedure and not look in the mirror as she did the work. The pain, restriction and emotional scars stayed with her, affecting her work as a seamstress and her family relationships. She had some follow up surgery and physical therapy, but never quite felt like herself again.
We approached her very gently in her first session, starting her on her side, then prone to introduce the therapy and address the impact of her condition on her back. When she turned over, we did light lymphatic drainage and then worked over the surgical sites using the large cone-shaped cups and a gentle pumping mode on the machine. She became more animated as the treatment continued, and even smiled a few times.
On her second day with us, we again addressed her back and neck, and then began to work on the scar tissue at the surgical sites, using small cups to pinpoint our work. We always make sure the treatments are comfortable for the client, and she reported that she was enjoying the work and that she could now sense our touch in areas where she could not feel anything before. Her conversation became very lively and she stayed for a while after her treatment, talking with other clients.
On her third day, she came in with a big smile and showed us a remarkable increase in range of movement. Her daughter had come with her and looked at us in amazement. As her mother went in to get ready for her session, her daughter explained that she had to come and check on what we were doing. She had seen such an element of joy coming back to her mother and explained how hard it had been to watch the surgical experience 15 years ago change her. She came into the treatment room and watched our work, staring at her mother as she laughed and joked with us.
The incredible impact that a few gentle 45 minute treatments can have on so many levels is rewarding. The emotional release can be intense, and we were fortunate to have a psychologist at the practicum session as a client. She was able to become a great resource after the session for those who needed any assistance with the impact of the treatments.
In medical massage applications, it is important to be aware of the multi-dimensional effects of our work. For many women who have had breast health issues and/or procedures done on the breasts, the aftermath and recuperation have left an indelible impression on their lives. Be it pain, restriction or disfigurement, it can be gently treated for the fullest recovery and healing, even after many years.
These conditions respond very well to many forms of bodywork and a synergistic approach that integrates vacuum therapies produces optimal results. Successful massage practitioners bring all their other knowledge and skills together to create the ultimate treatments for common conditions such as breast health issues and surgical applications.
Anita Shannon is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Cosmetologist since the 1980's, specializing in skin care, body treatments, clinical aromatherapy and various modalities of massage therapy. She is a national educator since 1990, and the Director of Advanced Continuing Education (ACE), an NCBTMB CE provider established in 2001.
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