Alternative Health News
AAAOM – Making Promises They Can't Keep
When the AAAOM first formed in 2007, their mission was clear: to support the profession through education, resources and legislative advocacy. The first years of the organization were filled with promise and hope.
The Healing Properties of Light: An Interview With Researcher Anna Cocliovo
This interview is with Anna Cocliovo, a light researcher and Acupuncturist in Arizona. During my own research in light, I came across the article she published for the American Journal of Acupuncture and sought her out as a result.
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.
AAAOM – The Beginning of the End (Part II)
In 2012, the AAAOM board members met in Chicago for their annual meeting. The goal was to come to a consensus on a long list of issues the AAAOM needed to work on including a functional board and budget.
Successful Strategies in Integrating Acupuncture and Shiatsu in a Hospital Oncology Program
Colleagues from the Network of Researchers in Public Health in CAM recently published an article of interest to our Traditional Asian Medicine community.
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.
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.
Creating Child-Friendly Clinics with ABT
The Zurich Dojo was scattered with toy ducks, dolls, trains, exercise balls and teddy bears during my recent pediatric workshop.
Monoculture of the Mind: Part II
Cases are built within boundaries. Such bounds may be a program, event, activity or individuals. In this instance, a medical case has boundaries that include clinical interactions that are comprised of history, signs, symptoms, diagnoses, treatment plans and treatments.
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?
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.
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.
Epigenetics: The Western Science Supporting Essence
Since the days of Darwin, western medicine has touted that our genes were set in stone, that our genetics were our destiny. We were told that the diseases that ran in our family were likely coming to us as well.
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."
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.
Resilience is the New Longevity
Sometimes we must enter a room through one door and not another, even though they both lead into the same space. I am talking now of the recent cachet with the concept of "resilience" regarding health, chronic pain and longevity.
Steven Rosenblatt: Birthing A Cross-Cultural Acupuncture Profession
The existence of a cross-cultural acupuncture profession in the United States, one that is legalized, licensed, supported by formalized, academic training and inclusive of non-Asian practitioners, is an important part of the medical landscape in this country and is responsible for improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Understanding How to Turn Consults Into Clients
Have you ever met someone you knew you could help, but you held back from offering your therapy because it felt awkward or "salesy"? We get it. As a big-hearted healer, you probably cringe at the idea of selling your services.
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.
What is a Discipline in Medicine?
In my now prolonged dialogue with physicians, one question emerges with enough regularity to deserve mention and naming: what is a discipline?
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.
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)?