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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Industry News for Biotone
BIOTONE Grants Support Massage Therapy Foundation
2010 Community Service Projects
BIOTONE Funded Projects Focus on Role of Massage Therapy to Relieve Pain
SAN DIEGO, CA - September 9, 2010 - BIOTONE today announced its annual donation to support two Massage Therapy Foundation funded community service projects. BIOTONE's $15,000 donation is part of the company's ongoing support for the Massage Therapy Foundation's granting program. BIOTONE funded projects for 2010 enable public health service centers to integrate massage therapy with conventional medical treatment to help individuals suffering from chronic pain and injuries.
Ruth Werner, president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, said, "BIOTONE demonstrates an unwavering commitment to extending the healing benefits of massage therapy to individuals being served through community-based programs. In addition to the invaluable contribution to these local communities, BIOTONE's support continues to shed light on how alternative therapies work to improve health and well-being."
About the BIOTONE Funded Projects
Outside In is a center that provides primary health care and integrated health options to more than 7,400 homeless and low-income people in Portland, Ore., who suffer from substance abuse, mental illness and chronic diseases. The center's director, John Dukes, and staff members have realized how tremendously powerful and transformative massage therapy can be for homeless people and those with severe mental illnesses. The BIOTONE grant will allow Outside In to hire a part-time massage therapist to provide four hours of 50-minute therapeutic massages a week to at least 200 clients over the course of a year.
"Massage Therapy for Indigenous Women of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico," under the direction of project leader Leslie Korn, will expand the services of the Center for Traditional Medicine, a small public health service, to improve community health standards in several rural villages outside the popular Mexican tourist area of Puerto Vallarta. The grant will help to expand treatment for those suffering from chronic pain as well as from untreated or insufficiently treated injuries.
Two massage therapists will give one-hour massages in the clinic or travel off site as necessary to reach immobilized clients, many of whom work in the fields, tend their families in inadequate conditions, travel rough terrain by foot, and correspondingly suffer from osteoarthritis of the elbows, hands, and knees. Massage therapy is meant to provide solutions for pain resolution and mobility and promote self-care.
"The Massage Therapy Foundation program gives us an opportunity to not only give back to communities, but also to further explore the incredible potential of massage therapy to work alongside conventional medicine to heal the mind and body," said Jean Shea, BIOTONE president. "We greatly value the opportunity to be a part of such a unique and instructional program and look forward to many more years and many more projects that contribute to communities and to the expanded role of massage therapy in mainstream healthcare."
About the Massage Therapy Foundation
The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501 (C) 3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.