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Practicing in the Age of COVID-19
What will life look like "after" COVID-19 ... or at least after social restrictions have been completely lifted and we have established whatever the "new normal" is?
Chinese Medicine's Gifts to a Traumatized World
This is a simple "HeartMath" exercise that helps bring the physical and emotional body to greater "coherence" or regulation.
Integrative Health vs. Functional Medicine
During a recent discussion with a colleague, I asked, "What's the difference between integrative health, integrative medicine and functional medicine?" His hesitant reply was very illuminating.
Spirits of the Points: Three Heater (San Jiao)
As I write this article, I am especially moved by the situation we have been in due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Promising Herbal Remedies in the Fight Against the Coronavirus
With the reopening of many states starting in mid-May, we are facing a challenge of how to minimize the risk of being infected by the coronavirus, and how to address the damage caused by the virus for patients who have already been infected and recovered.
How the Human Body Responds to Stress
This new series of articles will suggest a different perspective for you to view clients presenting with stubbornly chronic somatic dysfunctions. It will also propose a novel answer to the question, "How does the human body respond to stress?"
A Postoperative Story: The Surgery Explained & Secrets to My Recovery
If working with a joint replacement patient, be sure you know the rehabilitation protocols of the particular appliance. If you don't, with permission, consult with the surgeon to learn them. Otherwise, stay away.
Cesarean Delivery & Acupuncture: Evidence-Based Report on Prevention, Recovery, VBACs and Trauma Treatment (Pt. 1)
There is a long and interesting history of one for the oldest surgeries on record, with some texts dating it back to Greek mythology, in which the sun god Apollo ripped his son Asclepius from his dying mother's abdomen.
Multiarticulate Muscles & Injury: Understanding the Mechanical Load
Muscles have a primary role in creating and limiting movement in the body. They are also the major focus of our work in massage therapy, with many injuries caused by improper loads on the muscular system.
What It's Like to Be a Hospital-Based Massage Therapist
It was the early 1990s the first time I ever saw a massage therapist in a health care setting in my home state of Minnesota. I was working at a nursing home at the time, and I learned of a resident who would receive weekly massages (which I thought was great).
Nourishing Ourselves and Our Patients in the Time of COVID-19 (Pt. 2)
Fermented foods are eaten throughout the world, and are among the oldest and easiest methods of food preparation.
Acupuncture for Natural Relief of Indigestion
Zantac, the brand-name medication widely used for indigestion and heartburn, has been in the news lately, and as we've increasingly come to expect with many medications, not for a good reason.
News in Brief
A Purple Heart for Southwest Acupuncture College; ASA Announces New Board; New Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine College.
Alligator Skin (Part 2): A Second Look at Business Contracts
I joined as the only female partner in an integrated medicine practice, shared with three other disciplines. Having developed a few scales (the first stages of alligator skin) and some good business sense, I started out with a one-year contract.
The Benefits of Teaching
This month the MTF took a look at a massage research review titled "The Effect of Massage Therapy on Children's Learning Process: A Review," written by Majid Emtiazy and Mahboobeh Abrishamkar. The article was published in the
Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
Congress Extends Paycheck Protection Program
With an estimated 130 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) dollars still available as of the end of June, when the program expired, you may think you've missed your opportunity to protect your practice and staff (if you have any) with a federal loan to cover payroll, rent and other practice expenses.
Summer Solutions: Managing Heat
As we move in the warm summer months, it becomes important for clinicians to be aware of the relationship of the patient to their seasonal environment.
Trust the Trends, Or Trust Your Instincts?
Being a massage therapist is all about balance. There's the balance between your customers' needs and wants, the balance between what's good for clients and what's good for business, and the balance between overseeing current business and forecasting for the future.
CranioSacral Therapy & The Rare Case of Vertigo
I had heard of folks getting dizzy and nauseous when experiencing vertigo, but I had never heard of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) until my husband Joe was diagnosed with it.
The COVID-19 Practice Strategy That's Here to Stay
Curbside acupuncture started as a simple idea that almost didn't come to fruition as I contemplated the risks and benefits of offering it to my community during a pandemic.
Laser Therapy and Immune Function
The coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of millions, either through direct infection or unprecedented government-imposed quarantines and stay-at-home orders.
Can Acupuncture Treat COVID-19 Symptoms? Discussion of Possible Underlying Mechanisms
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for lung diseases such as cough and asthma, according to the
A-B Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Integrative Neuroscience: Translating Acupuncture Into Western Medical Terms (Pt. 1)
How ancient Eastern medicine of acupuncture affects the nervous system in terms of Western medical science is a growing field of study in the global medical community.
Treating Parkinson's Naturally: Western and TCM Perspectives (Pt. 2)
Acupuncture has been used for more than 3,000 years to help reduce pain, anxiety, insomnia, stiffness and more.
A Structural Challenge: Successfully Treating a Morton's Neuroma
Runners, triathletes, dancers, hikers, cyclists, almost all athletes, and even couch potatoes have shown up in my