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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?."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Making of Sanctuary: Helping One Another
I believe people as a whole want to help one another. We see this from time to time in spontaneous and random acts of kindness and in how we rally around one another in times of need or distress. In times of unimaginable loss or danger, often we see personal agendas put aside, politics abandoned, and the act of caring for our fellow man become center and forefront. When the cause is greater than the politics, we come together and shine. Humans are sentient and caring, and inherently have a desire to help one another achieve better circumstances. While there are marked exceptions, I truly believe humanity has an inner desire to do the right thing by one another. This is especially true in the massage industry. We are blessed to have members of our community who will gladly volunteer their time and talents if it means helping and supporting a noble cause or helping a friend in need.
History of Giving
When we look a bit closer at the Massage and Spa industry, we can also see this longing to contribute positively to the pool of humanity in product manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. When a company steps forward and takes positive action in becoming a steward for the profession, it is also known as being corporately responsible. In my work, I have the great privilege of knowing and working with the kind of people I am speaking about here. I have had a front row seat since 2006 to one of the largest mobilizations of students, schools, private practitioner and corporate entities coming together for the greater good of massage; each bringing their own special skills, competencies and contributions to the table and ultimately culminating in a program known as Sanctuary.
What is The Sanctuary?
Sanctuary's mission is to bring greater understanding to the members of the massage community for the need and importance of massage therapy research, as well as serving as a vehicle to raise funding to help facilitate that research.
In 2006, the idea came about to offer services and treatments on the trade show floors to better showcase goods and equipment in a real world scenario. The idea was that a real, working spa would be set up on the trade show floor, enabling therapists to take a break from a trade show and classes for some much deserved bodywork, and also be introduced to products from the client perspective. It did not take long before the "humanity" of the endeavor began to blossom and the thought came about to utilize this vehicle as a means to raise awareness and funding for the works of the Massage Therapy Foundation, the first recipients of the Sanctuary fund raising efforts. And in a flash, the Sanctuary was born and has become a mainstay at national and regional trade shows alike. It is an event anticipated by many who return year after year to be part of the event both as a practitioner, as well as a recipient of the bodywork provided.
Stewards of the Industry
Sanctuary enjoys a wide roster of corporate sponsors who donate both product and funds to the project time after time. Corporate sponsorships are what rocketed Sanctuary from a donation of $1,000 to, at times, more than $12,000 each event! Without the corporate sponsors, bringing Sanctuary to bear year after year would be hugely daunting. We are thankful for the support of these corporate sponsors, who have been a huge part of the success of Sanctuary. These companies, although many being competitors in the marketplace, put aside agenda and competition for the greater good of the profession. Sanctuary has become an event that brings companies together in support of a worthwhile cause, showcases their goods and services in the eyes and minds of the therapist and trade show attendees, provides students an opportunity to enjoy a trade show and network, brings some relaxation and pampering to therapists, and also serves to bring much needed funding to research. Each way you slice this project, it has good outcomes for all involved.
In addition to the invaluable corporate Sponsorship, it would be unthinkable to have Sanctuary without volunteers. Historically, we have reached out to schools within the local area of an event to invite them to share the Sanctuary and trade show experience with their students. We have had the incredible fortune of working with so many wonderful schools, and in turn, met some very bright and promising massage therapists. I have been fortunate to witness those same students return year after year and continue to volunteer for the causes Sanctuary now supports. We have made life-long friendships along the way, and have had the incredible experience of watching people give freely of their time and talent to one another.
The volunteers, corporate sponsors, vendors, schools and students can be proud in knowing that to date, Sanctuary has contributed in excess of $120,000 toward massage related research. Recipients of these funds are varied, and include The Massage Therapy Foundation, The Touch Research Institute and The Liddle Kidz Foundation. Each event is different, and each time we present Sanctuary, new bridges are built. A bridge is built in the minds of attendees as they learn what Sanctuary is all about and why it exists, and a fire is ignited in the belly of the students involved to know more and investigate what research is all about. I have had students come to me years after their time in Sanctuary and share with me what a memorable and pivotal experience being involved was for them in their career, and how they still look back with fond memories of the event. In some cases, the student volunteers in Sanctuary secured jobs after graduation as a direct result of the time spent volunteering.
Sanctuary continues to be a place where politics are put aside, and where we can all be part of something greater than the sum of our collective parts. Sanctuary is a program that allows therapists to be immersed in the use and feel of products through the eyes of a client, it allows manufacturers an outlet to contribute both financially and in product support to the furtherance of research while allowing the students and volunteers the opportunity to learn new modalities that enable them to earn more, all while working in concert to make the massage community a better place than when we all found it. I have indeed been fortunate to have a front row seat in both the conception of the program and in the facilitating of the events. I am at once humbled and overjoyed at the support this project continues to garner, and for the good works it supports in turn. I am thankful to all our partners, volunteers and to the attendees for their willingness to participate year after year. Sanctuary pioneered one of the most powerful, community uniting and successful community fund raising events we have seen in our industry to date in support of research. I am confident this will continue to be a mainstay, and a focal point at national events for years to come.