Alternative Health News
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.
Build Your Online Store—Maximize Your Business
I just finished a call with a client who fits a common profile I see across the business and health care industries. He has been in practice for a little over 20 years.
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).
Honoring Dr. Yat Ki Lai—a Beloved Doctor, Acupuncturist & Teacher
Dr. Yat Ki Lai was born in Canton in 1947 and died in San Francisco on August 13, 2019. He was 76 years old by traditional Chinese count.
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.
Are You Charging Too Little for an Appointment?
As the popularity of acupuncture increases across the U.S. more studies are sure to make their way onto the books; however, a newly released study's focus may surprise you.
Learn to Speak the Language of Personal Injury
For many providers, personal-injury cases and working within the med-legal arena can often be a confusing and frustrating endeavor. After all, for the majority, personal injury is a niche.
The Benefits of Teaching Touch
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.
Healing Persistent Lyme Disease & Chronic Infection Symptoms (Part 2)
I gave one of my Lyme arthritis patients three formulas of granule herbs which were dosed at 33 grams a day. At one point, she ended up taking over 60 grams of granule herbs a day!
Blocks to Beauty: Screening & Evaluation for Cosmetic Acupuncture
Cosmetic acupuncture patients come in with a set of expectations which revolves around one thing: looking better.
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.
Bringing the Body Back to Its Whole: Help Your Patients See the "Big Picture" in Pain Management
The body is one amazing unit, adapting to its environment, and doing its very best to ensure its survival given the circumstances.
Professional Gua Sha Tools—Made by a Dcotor of Acupuncture
Gua sha is an important, but often overlooked part of Chinese medicine. Someone who has put a lot of thought into the practical applications of gua sha is Mark Parzynski (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
Treating Meniere's Disease-Like Symptoms With Herbal Remedies
Two years ago when I met John, now 43, his main complaint was hearing loss of the left ear. He described it as a tinny, low-pitched ringing with a sense of fullness and obstruction that had been happening intermittently for over a year.
Food as Medicine: Helping the Body Through Seasonal Changes
It can be very important for TCM clinicians to keep in mind how the environment can have a significant impact on the body. Months of heat, both damp heat and dry heat, can slowly deplete what Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to as Qi, Blood, and Fluids.
The Spirits of the Points: Upper Kidney & Outer Bladder Line
When we speak of treating the spirit, we mean the spirit level. The spirit itself needs no treatment, as it is innately perfect and pure awareness.
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.
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 office looking for alternatives to surgery for neuromas. A Morton's neuroma occurs when the tissue in the foot (next to a nerve that leads to a toe) thickens and becomes fibrous.
Helping Your Clients Turn Back the Clock With Nutrition
The anti-aging market is booming because, well, who doesn't want to look young, healthy and vibrant for as long as possible? And while there are many anti-aging products and systems marketed to the public, few people realize the most effective way to slow down the visible passage of time is to give the body the nutrients it needs to be truly healthy.
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 Review of "WHO Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2019": Section 1: National Framework for Traditional and Complementary Medicine
The World Health Organization (WHO) is halfway through implementing the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023, and as a result published the WHO Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2019.
Treatment You Can Provide for Post-Mastectomy Patients: Increasing Range of Motion (ROM) & Decreasing Pain
The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 268, 600 new cases of invasive breast cancer in the U.S. just this year. Many of these people will undergo a mastectomy as part of their treatment.
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.
Defining Integrative Health: An Updated Version by the IHPC
The Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) Education Committee (which I co-chair) recently crafted a definition of "Integrative Health" to be adopted by major integrative health organizations, the U.S. healthcare system, and advocacy groups.