resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
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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