Alternative Health News
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Gain Clients
Gaining and retaining clients is one of the most important tasks you will face in your career as a therapist. You may be one of the world's most naturally gifted therapists, proficient in multiple modalities, with a strong and impressive education and certifications to cover the walls.
Understanding Levels of Evidence
The concept of levels of evidence is a cornerstone of research literacy, and is a great starting point for understanding basic principles of how research works. Health care in the U.S. has embraced an evidence-based standard of care.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
A Bridge to Reducing Chronic Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Part 2
The first article in this series (February 2016 Massage Today), proposed that attending to the physical correlations of paradoxical breathing can serve as a bridge to decreasing the frequency and the severity of chronic anxiety or panic attacks.
Introducing the Massage Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Massage Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the June 2016 issue.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Three Mother's Day Promotion Ideas for Your Massage Business
There are certain days in the year that are kind of like a Black Friday for massage therapists.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Massage Therapy and Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a chronic condition that causes severe, excruciating facial pain. It usually occurs when the myelin sheath of the trigeminal nerve has been worn away, sometimes due to a blood vessel causing compression to the nerve, or if the patient has Multiple Sclerosis, a disease which attacks the myelin sheath.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Making Things Better
If something has been done the same way for 100 or more years, chances are there are new and better ways to do it now that should be considered. While some things never change (and shouldn't), occassionally someone does get an inspiration and truly advances the way to do something.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Learning How to Treat Popeye
I want you to know as massage therapists, some things are just simple, very straight forward and can be helped within one to two visits. I sometimes see massage therapists looking for the more complicated reasons for pain.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Marketing Deep Tissue vs. Spa Massage
Recently, while I was staying with my wife at a resort hotel, which happened to have a beautiful spa on the premises, I purchased a vacation package that included, among other things, a Swedish massage for each of us. My wife and I typically get a massage at least twice a month, and have for many years.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Massage Therapists Can be Key Players in Research
Historically, few funded studies have given massage therapists opportunity to be involved in massage therapy research as study personnel.
Escaping the "Promise of Tomorrow" Trap
We all know exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy weight and living a healthy life. While we know all about the benefits of exercise, and we probably even discuss them with our clients, we all too commonly manage to tell ourselves, "I'll begin a new work out schedule tomorrow."