Alternative Health News
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Divide Between Massage Therapists and Energy Bodyworkers: Why?
In the last few months, I have been following some massage social media threads regarding massage and energy work. Some of those threads have heated discussions between Swedish massage therapists and practitioners who use energy work, solely or as a mix with massage.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Role of Massage Therapy in Dementia Care
Our aging population is having a major impact on hospitals, nursing homes and hospice providers. Clinicians and front-line staff will serve more people over age 75 than any other age group and prevalence of dementia is being seen in every sector of senior services.
Pes Anserine Tendonitis vs. Medial Meniscal Tear
What do you think stiff golf shoes, playing with a child, riding a bike, running and swimming breast stroke would all have in common? Well, they each require knee joint involvement.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Become Prepared for the Path to Healthcare Integration
Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Blindly continuing to follow the current healthcare system is insane based on the mediocre outcomes and high costs of health care in the U.S.
The Difference Between Adult and Pediatric Massage
Many practitioners believe the major difference in providing massage and touch therapy to children is to simply consider that the client is smaller in size, pressure should be lighter and to ask their parents.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Just the Facts: Opinion vs. Data in the Therapeutic Relationship
In today's society, people experiencing pain or discomfort can look to countless different sources for help and advice.
Using Essential Oils on Clients with Cancer: What You Need to Know
The potential for the massage therapist to encounter a client in a stage of treatment for some form of cancer has grown in the last few decades. If you use essential oils in your massage practice, there are some things to consider.
Low-Cost Workshops That Lead You to High-End Clients
There's a key to growing a practice we discovered years ago: One of the most effective ways to enroll high-end clients is to give them a taste of who you are through low-cost workshops.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Massage Reduces Non-Specific Shoulder Pain and Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer. A recently published research analysis examined the question of whether massage and exercise are effective in treating shoulder pain and stiffness. This month's research review by the Massage Therapy Foundation explores the findings of a meta-analysis of 20 individual trials examining the effects of massage and exercise in people with non-specific shoulder pain.
If You Bet the Ranch, You Might Just Lose It
Did you know that the effectiveness of massage on muscle tissue is about to be decided? Oh yes, and by real research. Woo-Woo! No wait, woo-woo wouldn't be real research, or would it? It certainly is in the case of the pseudo-science of meteorology.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.