Alternative Health News
CA Governor Signs Massage Therapy Reform Act
California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1147, also known as the Massage Therapy Reform Act into law.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
The Power of Retail for the Massage Professional
Massage therapy is a profession where the benefits of retail are often overlooked. Retail products can be a great tool in both accentuating your work for the client at home, but also as a source for clients to take accountability and control of their wellness.
For-Profit Chain Schools Find Themselves Under the Gun
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., and Anthem Education Group have been major players in the massage education sector over the past decade.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Using Your Intuition in the Decision Making Process
Should being in touch with our client's energy and listening to our intuition be part of the decision making process?
Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Little Muscles Can Create Big Pain
Sometimes it is the smallest of muscles that can create the most servere types of pain. Some clients come in to the clinic and report that hip and leg pain is so severe it caused them to visit an emergency room, a walk-in clinic or their primary care physician.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
First Educational Congress Announces Diverse Program
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation continue to release information related to the First Educational Congress in July 2015 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota Campus.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Three Reasons Why You Should be Blogging
Although massage therapy is a profession that keeps you constantly busy with appointments, it's important to take time every week to focus on strategies to grow your business.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
Is It Time to Reconsider Cryotherapy?
Practitioners frequently get asked whether to use heat or cold for soft-tissue pain and injury problems. Of course, the correct answer is always that it depends on the nature of the client's condition.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Attempting to Explain What Causes Elevated Tissue Density
In previous articles I have introduced elevated tissue density (TD), exposed its close association with pain and dysfunction, provided a tool to assist in its assessment and documentation and offered advice regarding its treatment.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
The Aspiration to Prevent Hip, Knee and Shoulder Replacements
In 1983, my right hip was fractured in a head on automobile accident with a drunk driver. The hip joint was so severely shattered that the acetabulum appeared as potato chips in the x-ray. The tibial plateau and ankle were fractured as well.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Supporting Research and Education
This month, The Massage Therapy Foundation's research column looks at a different kind of article published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB); an editorial from IJTMB's Practice Editor, Niki Munk, PhD, LMT, entitled, "Case Reports: A Meaningful Way for Massage Practice to Inform Research and Education." Unlike the research articles frequently reviewed in this column, an editorial is not independent research but an open letter to the IJTMB readers.
When Does Aromatherapy Exceed Your Scope of Practice?
People in the healing arts want to help others. Massage therapists, like other professionals who work with the public in ways that affect their body, want to do as much as possible to insure their client's well-being.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.