Alternative Health News
TRICARE Poised to Cover Acupuncture
If you aren't already familiar with TRICARE, here's the scoop: It's the government-managed health care insurance program for U.S. uniformed service members, retirees and their families worldwide, currently providing coverage for 9.4 million – yes, you read that correctly – eligible beneficiaries.
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?"
Fire Cupping for Mastitis: A Case Study in Pain Relief for Breastfeeding Mothers
This article examines the treatment of a 42-year-old mother with Chinese medicine, specifically using cupping, presenting with a chief complaint of clogged and painful milk ducts from breastfeeding.
Tracking the Wind: Examining the Secret Life of the Cerebellum (Pt. 2)
The tongue is one of the most powerful muscles in the body and relies on the cerebellum for coordinated movement. The tongue is also an extremely strong muscle that doesn't easily fatigue.
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).
Empowering Winter Health: At-Home Remedies to Support Your Clinical Care
As the fall season slowly fades and we inch closer to the winter season, now is an important time to educate patients on herbal remedies to have at home to prevent seasonal imbalances.
Cannabidiol (CBD) for Stress and Sleep
Anxiety disorders plague a substantial percentage of the population. These disorders represent the most prevalent mental illnesses in the world.
It All Starts With a Conversation
As I walked into a Williams-Sonoma store in Northern California, I saw one of the sales associates was fanning herself.
Beyond the Textbooks: The Truth No One Talks About
I want to tell you about strange things that can happen once you have practiced Chinese medicine for awhile.
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.
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.
Add Value to Your Cosmetic Acupuncture Protocols Using Pulsed Light Therapy
There are various protocols for cosmetic acupuncture, but incorporating photobiomodulation, also known as pulsed light therapy, is an "added value" to treatments.
Building a Better Bridge to Diplomate Reinstatement
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce a new route for certification reinstatement.
Accelerating the Healing of Strains and Sprains Using a Chinese Herbal Patch
Ligaments are the connective tissue made up of collagenous fibers that attach bone to bone. Ligaments help stabilize joints with range of motion and sustain a tensile force.
Paralysis After Traumatic Brain Injury: Can Acupuncture Help?
Can acupuncture help patients with limb paralysis caused by traumatic brain injury? A new study suggests it has promising potential.
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.
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.
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.
Is Your Documentation Falling Short? Here's How (and Why) to Do It Right
In addition to my personal practice, I also serve on the state workers' compensation panel. I am one of several practitioners on the panel – others include surgeons, pain management docs, neurologists and PTs.
Access Granted: BCBS of Massachusetts Adds Acupuncture
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts, one of the most progressive state insurers in the nation when it comes to offering non-drug alternatives, has announced it will provide acupuncture coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
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 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.
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.
PCOM Offering Cannabis Certificate
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is now offering a Medical Cannabis Certificate for Healthcare Professionals.
First Do No Harm: Plastics in AOM Practice
In "Once Upon a Time in China," Jet Lee portrays physician / martial artist Wong Fei Hung during the Boxer Rebellion. Acupuncture was practiced with permanent needles passed through a candle flame before use.
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.