Alternative Health News
Springtime Health: Allergies, Herbs & Relief
As we move out of the winter season and into the warmer days of spring it is important to keep in mind how the seasons can affect our physiology.
Streptococcus: A Bacteria That Can Cause Multiple Infections
Streptococcus bacteria (strep) will always live in the human body on some level. How it affects your health depends on your immune system.
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.
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.
Documenting Pain ... Can Be a Pain
If you have ever worked with a patient who has a pain complaint, you know how frustrating defining pain can be.
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.
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.
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?"
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).
An Evidence Informed Analysis of Acupuncture for Essential Hypertension
Essential Hypertension is an endemic affecting over 1 billion people globally of unknown cause and remains a public health challenge.
Best Practices in SOAP Notation
Taking proper and comprehensive SOAP notes is as important a clinical skill as where to place acupuncture pins and what herbs to prescribe.
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.
Using Traditional Chinese Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) defines irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a digestive disorder that affects the large intestine causing symptoms such as abdominal cramping, abdominal bloating, and a change in bowel habits.
Americans Say Acupuncture is on Their To-Do List
Prepare yourself for more patients—according to a recent study, the MINDBODY Wellness Index, Americans are curious about acupuncture.
The Power of Email Marketing
For many of us, our first introduction to email was AOL and the infamous phrase, "You've Got Mail" when you logged on to the site.
A Major Breakthrough in U.S. Pain Policy
In 2016, the Comprehensive Add-iction and Recovery Act (CARA) was passed by the U.S. Congress.
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.
Extending Healing Energy to Others: Understanding Quantum Fields for Healing
Extending the Quantum Field (QF) is the practice of using your own alignment with the universal field of consciousness energy to support or help heal someone else.
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.
Do Free Electrons Flow Through Specific Acupuncture Meridians?
The AMI (Apparatus for Meridian Identification) was used by G. Chavalier and K. Mori to study the meridians entered by free electrons during Earthing.
Acupuncture for Hospice Care
Shannon, 41, had been admitted into in-home hospice in July of 2017 after a long battle with endometrial cancer. She fought hard to stay alive, accepting every clinical trial offered to her after several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.
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.
Acupuncture in Active Sport Recovery—A Review
There is a small body of research that specifically demonstrates the therapeutic viability that acupuncture has to offer in the field of sport and exercise recovery.