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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
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MASSAGE ENVY SPA AND ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION HOST 3RD ANNUAL HEALING HANDS FOR ARTHRITIS EVENT
Carrie Ann Inaba Joins Campaign to Help Fight Arthritis; On September 18, $10 from Every Massage or Facial to Benefit the Arthritis Foundation
Scottsdale, Ariz. (August 20, 2013) – Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation have joined forces to host the third annual Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one-day national event to raise funds to find a cure for arthritis. On Sept. 18, 2013, all of Massage Envy’s nearly 900 locations will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Since 2011, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $1 million to help the Arthritis Foundation serve the 50 million adults and 300,000 children affected by the disease.
“We are again thrilled to be hosting the Healing Hands for Arthritis event at all Massage Envy Spa locations throughout the U.S.,” said Dave Crisalli, President and CEO of Massage Envy Spa. “Our brand remains deeply committed to helping the Arthritis Foundation fight this debilitating disease.”
To schedule a massage or facial, contact your local Massage Envy Spa clinic. Reservations are now being accepted for Sept. 18 on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who cannot attend Healing Hands for Arthritis can still donate by texting the word “massage” to 80888. Donations can be made in $10 increments up to a total of three times per mobile phone (standard text message rates per your cell phone provider do apply).
“It's so important to bring awareness to arthritis and the millions of Americans living with pain,” said Carrie Ann Inaba, television host and “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity judge. “Giving back to the Arthritis Foundation is a cause close to my heart as I personally battle with the disease, and I am honored to be a part of this year’s Healing Hands for Arthritis campaign.”
Inaba suffers from spinal stenosis, a painful arthritic condition where the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves. She has undergone treatments that have helped alleviate the pain, but arthritis is a chronic condition and regular maintenance is important. She uses both eastern and western approaches to keep her condition and pain in control. Massage has been an important part of her regimen for well being along with healthy eating habits and acupuncture.
By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million or 25 percent of the projected total adult population will have arthritis. Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation share a common understanding about the devastating effects of arthritis on the body, the rising prevalence and the crucial need to raise money for a cure through events like Healing Hands for Arthritis.
Until there is a cure, massage therapy may help relieve and control certain symptoms. Massage therapy can play an important role in alleviating the pain and swelling caused by arthritis, as well as improving flexibility and circulation and reducing stress and anxiety.
“We are proud to partner with Massage Envy Spa for the third year in a row to host Healing Hands for Arthritis,” said Arthritis Foundation Chief Development Officer Meagan Fulmer. “The funds raised during this one-day event across the country will provide support for arthritis education, advocacy and research to cure our nation’s leading cause of disability.”
Additionally, Massage Envy’s partners will donate 10 percent of all sales from their products sold during the event to the Arthritis Foundation, including Murad®, BioFreeze and Wyndmere.
In addition to hosting Healing Hands for Arthritis, Massage Envy Spa is a national sponsor of the Arthritis Foundation’s signature event, Arthritis Walk®. Massage Envy Spa owners from across the country have and will continue to have a presence at their local Arthritis Walk events to share information about the benefits of massage therapy, provide chair massages and support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission.
About Massage Envy Spa
Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has over 890 locations in 48 states. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy is $1.3 million. The company was recently ranked #81 in Entrepreneur’s 2013 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a Military Friendly Franchise in 2013. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life?changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.