Alternative Health News
How Much is Enough?
One of the primary arguments used against acupuncture care is the overuse of treatment. Some people say, "once you go, you have to go forever."
Explore the Benefits of Working at a Resort Spa
A year or so ago I wrote for Massage Today about the benefits of working in the resort/hotel spa industry and still feel I have some unfinished business on the subject.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Clients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with them? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
San Zhen Protocols Part II: Case Studies
In my last article, I presented a collection of three-point acupuncture combinations which can provide effective clinical results.
Finding a Bridge to Somewhere
In this, the third column in what I am calling the Policy Wonk Trilogy, we will look at the best solution on the block to uplift our profession, elevate our educational system and improve the quality of massage delivered to the public.
Highlighting the Use of Massage for Children Affected by FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to the very broad spectrum of health issues infants' encounter from their mother's alcohol use during pregnancy.
Absorbing Essential Oils Through the Skin
I have always told students that an immediate and very effective form of aromatherapy is inhaling the aromatic molecules. It is a proven, powerful way to deliver the effects on body, mind and spirit.
Entry-Level Analysis Project Publishes Report
In March 2012, the Coalition of Natioanl Massage Therapy Organizations initiated the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) with the goals of "defining the knowledge and skill components of entry-level education and recommend the minimum number of hours schools schould teach to prepare graducates for safe and competent practice in the massage profession."
Performance Health Acquires Bon Vital
Performance Health, primarily known in the massage world as the makers of Biofreeze, recently acquired Bon Vital, Inc., a wel-known manufacturer of topical products serving the massage and spa professions.
What Does an Evidence-Based Practice Look Like?
We hear a lot these days about evidence-based practice (EBP). As massage therapy becomes more accepted as an allied health profession, I think it's important that we continue to build an evidence-based case for why massage works.
The Forgotten Rotator Cuff, Part 2
Let's continue looking at the teres minor muscle – tendon unit; how to assess it and treat it. The arm is overhead, the elbow bent at about 15 degrees, hand facing anteriorly above the forehead. The practitioner then gently grasps the clients wrist on the ulna side.
Chinese Herbs Debut at the Cleveland Clinic
Chinese herbal medicine is now being prescribed at the Cleveland Clinic thanks to a trailblazing team of people.
Dry Needling is Acupuncture: Anatomy of a Legal Victory in Oregon
On January 23, 2014, the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners "dry needling" administrative rule, which allowed chiropractic physicians to perform acupuncture after only 24 hours of training.
Working Toward Good Health: Energy Systems and Practices
For thousands of years our ancestors have developed systems explaining how subtle energies are organized, how they function and how to work with them for good health. What is subtle energy?
Techniques to Help Your Pediatric Clients
Used properly, cups can facilitate the body's ability to stay healthy and return itself to a balanced state when things do go awry. In working with infants, toddlers and weak or frail children, it's important to use the small face cups.
Colorado to Have the First Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps in the U.S.
In the summer of 2012, Colorado was on fire. Literally. Many acupuncturists from around the state, especially those who had received disaster response training through AWB, wanted to help those affected by the fires as well as the first responders and tireless state and local officials, with the healing and stress-relief of acupuncture.
Familiar Client, Fresh Perspective
The following is an example of a true story about one client's journey through treatment and how easy it can be to ignore valuable signs and information when something is out of balance and needs medical attention.
Enhancing TCM with Enzymes
Herbal formulations are an integral component for most Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners. One of the best ways to enhance their effectiveness is the addition of plant-based enzymes.
Anti-Aging: Educating Your Patients About The Skin
We know that cosmetic acupuncture works but what then? Education is a key part to the practice of Chinese medicine and when you practice cosmetic acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, etc., it is time talk about skin with your patients.
Through the Eyes of a Child
Once upon a time there was a girl name Lucy. Lucy had cancer, but she had a heart filled with love and compassion. Please come along to hear this story of an amazing child, her tenacity and her dream to help other children.
Environmental Toxins: Cause of Modern Illness (Part I)
Environmental toxins have created burdens on the human body that put demands beyond our evolutionary development. Modern diseases that historically did not exist to any great degree have been rising sharply in the last 40 years.
AAAOM: Facing An Ultimatum
On the heels of the growing discontent with leaders of the AAAOM, the Council of State Associations (CSA) recently took it upon themselves to present the organization with an ultimatum: for all board members to resign from the board and turn the organization over to the CSA or they will proceed on their own to become the primary representative of the AOM profession.
Touch Programs Help Families Bring Cancer Patients Relief
Effectively addressing the needs of patients with cancer requires a multi-faceted holistic approach in the clinical care and home setting. Innovative approaches to patient care integrate family members as informal caregivers, to help meet patients'; needs.
Socializing In My Slippers
When I graduated college, I had grandiose dreams of becoming an amazing acupuncturist. I wanted to build a great practice and make a good living. For four years, 13 semesters to be exact, I had a spreadsheet.