Alternative Health News
Accommodating Hearing-Impaired Patients
This is a question that has come up several times this year at our continuing-education seminars, so I am not surprised by your inquiry.
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.
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.
GI Lymph and Liver Dysfunction Leading to Obesity: TCM Solutions
Only a minimum amount of body fat is necessary for a healthy body to support its energy source, as well as hormonal, reproductive and immune systems.
TCM for IBS (Pt. 2)
Western skepticism toward TCM is rife. However, TCM has long been the most common alternative therapy sought by irritable bowel syndrome patients, and has a good track record for safety and tolerability by patients, according to recent research.
Acupuncture for Our Seniors Act Introduced
On July 29, 2021, U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 4803, the Acupuncture for Our Seniors Act. H.R. 4803 would instruct the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to recognize qualified acupuncturists as Medicare providers.
Tackling a Major Men's Health Issue With Acupuncture
More than one in 10 men experience chronic prostatitis, with frustrating symptoms including pain, urinary problems and sexual dysfunction.
The Acupuncturist's Role in Overcoming Disparities in Care
COVID-19 is not the only pandemic that America is experiencing. Racism, ableism, elitism, white supremacy, sizeism, ageism, sexism, xenophobia, and the gender-binary that currently exist in the medical system and society are themselves perpetuating many of the issues that as practitioners we currently treat.
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.
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).
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.
Coaching the Medically Hesitant Patient
John made an appointment to be seen in my clinic for "frozen shoulder." When he came into my office I was shocked; his shoulder was the size of a basketball.
Asian Bodywork Therapy: Looking Back, Looking Forward
On the occasion of the AOBTA's 30th anniversary, I had a conversation with outgoing AOBTA President Deborah Valentine Smith, BA, LMT (N.Y.), Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA-CI and authorized Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure Teacher, on the state of bodywork therapy and the AOM profession overall.
Why You Need to Know Every Patient's Nitric Oxide Level (and How to Test for It)
Nitric Oxide or NO is an important signaling molecule in the human body. Your body produces NO, which keeps blood vessels healthy.
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.
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.
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.
Three-Part Integrative Approach for the Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy
It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy (PN). Although most PN symptoms are manifested in the extremities, it is not a simple disease in the hands or feet. It is a complex disorder in the peripheral nervous system, and it is becoming more common for acupuncturists to treat these PN patients.
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.
Investing in Immunity: Key Formulas
One of the most common questions I hear from patients on a daily basis is, "How do I improve my immunity?" This is a complex question that is not easy to answer in a generic, standardized fashion.
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?"
Qi and Astrophysics Converge (Pt. 1)
In the course of writing my most recent book on the san jiao (triple burner), I had the occasion to become increasingly familiar with a frequently misunderstood aspect of both classical and contemporary Chinese medicine.
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.
5 Digits That Can Change Our Future
The five all-important numbers I'm talking about make up your zip code, and those five digits are of critical relevance to our professional future right now.