Alternative Health News
Generating Knowledge by Exploring Practice
Many complex medical conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, have little or weak empirical evidence to describe what constitutes an appropriate approach to care.
The Need for Standards
ISO-TC-249: You may look at these letters and numbers and wonder what they are and what they might mean. They turn into: International Standards Organization- Technical Committee – 249. There is a global organization called The International Organization for Standardization.
Pediatric Sports Massage
For children, summertime can be great fun and full of memories, while at the same time, providing a much needed break from their daily routine including late sleep-in mornings and lots of outdoor play.
Constructing Our Reality, Part 2
My last article discussed perception and its relationship to the primary channels. Before we get to the channels most commonly used to treat sensory disturbances, the small intestine and triple heater, we should first talk about the bladder channel.
Death & Health: Very Strange Bedfellows
Watching the news crawl on Good Morning America as I sat down to write this column, I see that the third leading cause of death in the U.S. is now officially being proclaimed as medical errors. Let's see..."medical"... wouldn't that be healthcare?
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to lower biceps causes lots of elbow pain.
Time & Money Investments
When it comes to marketing your massage business, there are two types of investments: an investment of your money, or an investment of your time.
Massage for Ectropion
A 68-year-old client asked if there was anything I could do to help keep her from developing what she called, "Hound-Dog Eyes." She explained that her father had coined the name after suffering from ectropion in his final years.
Discovery: Finding Insights and Each Other in Different Disciplines
Recently I've been thinking about all sorts of things which are hidden from our daily direct experience. That general category is what links nearly everything that catches my attention and then demands some kind of investigation.
Sleepless nights, anxiety, mood swings, euphoric energy bursts, obsessive thinking, and a strange feeling in his chest. That is what Matt was experiencing when he first entered my practice. Rather than being concerned, he was loving every minute of it.
Billing Timed Services
Q: I do not always use physical medicine services but in my state I do have a scope of practice that allows me to provide many of these services. I am trying to understand what "direct one-on-one patient contact" means in relation to physical medicine services.
In This Current Age of Anxiety
Anxiety, also referred to angst or hysteria, goes by many names. One, popularized by the sagacious Zhang Zhong Jing, who many practitioners of Chinese Medicine may be familiar with, is known as Restless Zang/Fu disorder.
Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or it can be a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area, while not sacrificing the quality of patient interaction, can be a little tricky. However, with some focused effort and intention, your front desk can keep your practice running smoothly.
Holistic Skin Care and Modern Technology
Anti-aging is a concept that we hear in reference to skin rejuvenation and growing older on a daily basis. Aging begins as soon as we are born; therefore "pro-aging" is embracing all stages of life gracefully, with vitality, wisdom, joy, and gratitude as the goal.
Distal Style Treatment of Neurogenic Pain
Treat locally or distally? This question has frequented my thoughts for the treatment of pain throughout my acupuncture career. Each style has strengths and weaknesses, thus the versatile practitioner would do well to forgo dogmatic adherence to any one style in deference to the needs of the individual patient.
One of the most common trends to see in clinical medical practice and public health is the cycles of health "buzzwords." These come and go depending upon the current cultural zeitgeist. One year, "parasites" are causing all the issues, and the next year it's "candida."
With Low-Back Pain, Sometimes Little Things Matter
Typical treatments for low back pain involve large muscles like the quadratus lumborum, iliopsoas, and piriformis. However, there are situations when a very small muscle, the multifidus, can play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of low back muscular or spinal injury.
Paying It Forward
Once you aim your life toward doing what you love, how do you both make a living and serve those in need who cannot afford your services?
Prostate Cancer Risk
A large study published in January 2016 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that men who are vegans had a 35% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to non-vegan men. The study followed more than 26,346 men who are part of the Adventists Health Study-2.
The Emergent Scope of Massage, Part 2
In last month's article, we summarized research illustrating that massage beneficially affects conditions that cut completely across the traditional boundaries of the health disciplines.
Promoting Sleep with Aromatherapy Massage
One of the most common contributing factors to stress that I see in my massage practice is inadequate sleep. When our clients are not getting enough sleep, they are missing out on major recharging opportunities for their body and mind.
An Informed Clinical Practice
Last month, we discussed the idea of using published research evidence as a means to inform clinical practice.
Transforming Las Vegas
On a warm spring day in Las Vegas, Sonia Kim, clinic front desk staff, is busy preparing for a full day of intern shifts at Wongu Health Center. She greets patients, makes sure documents are properly signed, and lets the interns know that their patients have arrived.
Turning One Session Into Many
Amy Lewis is a craniosacral therapist whose modality is deep and delicious, but difficult to describe. She was just putting the finishing touches on a new 6-month program that combined cranial work with holistic coaching when she got stuck and called me.
What About Sleep
Let's be honest, when was the last time you heard someone say, "I got such a good night's sleep. I feel so energetic and refreshed"? In my opinion, we should not even need to tell each other we are tired. I believe we have reached the point where being tired is considered normal.
Building Bridges with Discipline
As practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, our role is to educate patients and medical practitioners about the various safety aspects of our medicine. Medical doctors that embrace Chinese medicine want to collaborate and include Chinese herbal medicine in more aspects of clinical care to support their patients.