Alternative Health News
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?"
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.
On Abuse: A Classical Chinese Medicine Context
Abuse from a loved one creates scars that may never heal. This is not something we do to ourselves, but something that is done to us by others, and its effects don't stop just because no one is currently trying to physically or emotionally hurt us.
Acupuncture: Essential for Knee Arthritis
Arthritis is no laughing matter, as evidenced by its prevalence in the U.S. population alone. According to the CDC, nearly one in four adults (more than 54 million people) have arthritis, and more than one in four suffer severe joint pain.
Why Every Business Needs an Acupuncturist
Although the novel coronavirus has put in-person work on hold for months and will likely expand the remote-work pool permanently, millions upon millions of workers have returned to work or will progressively do so in the near future.
Treating the Spirit: Acupuncture, Psychosomatics and Healing Via The Luo Vessels
The study of psychosomatics benefits by understanding classical Chinese medicine. Mind and body, emotions and physicality are inseparably linked within our healing art.
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.
Calif. A.B. 918: Is Board Exam Still an Option?
A few weeks ago, we reported on the introduction of California Assembly Bill (A.B.) 918, legislation that, if passed into law, would replace the state's current acupuncture licensing examination with one or more of the NCCAOM exams.
Updated E&M Codes: Big Benefits for Acupuncturists
Yes, for 2021 there has been an update to the evaluation and management (E&M) codes including the elimination of code 99201. E&M codes were not deleted, but were revised in ways I believe are going to be helpful to acupuncture providers.
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.
Is Your Practice Website ADA Compliant?
In recent months, acupuncturists have reported a surge in lawsuits filed against their practices for failing to comply with a provision of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); specifically Title III and its requirements for accessibly to public websites now determined to be "places of public accommodation."
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.
Treating Angioedema With Acupuncture
Angioedema refers to a rare disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of abrupt swelling of the skin and/or the mucous membranes, lasting from hours to three days, when the site of involvement returns to normal.
Is This Why Low Back Pain Becomes Chronic?
What causes acute low back pain to become chronic? That's the question explored in a new study suggesting acute LBP patients shouldn't be going to primary care medical doctors for their pain. Here's why.
Steps Toward Cultural Competency
"How much do you feel discrimination affects your life?" Nearly 50 percent of the 2,744 respondents from the acupuncture community and its stakeholders indicated that discrimination affects their lives, based on a survey conducted by the NCCAOM and ASA Acupuncture Medicine Cultural Competency Task Force (AMCCTF) in August 2020.
DHEA: A Key to Eternal Youth?
DHEA and its sulfated form, DHEA-S, are the most abundant steroid hormones in the human body. They are primarily produced in the adrenal cortex, with smaller amounts of DHEA being synthesized in the ovaries and testes.
It's Time to Talk About Sex
Do you know the way your patients have sex can make them sick? And that it can ruin the results of your work with them? Our professional ancestors not only knew that, but also were among the first physicians in human history to study sexuality as a possible cause and remedy for illness. Ancient Chinese tradition has used sex as a powerful healing modality.
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.
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).
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.
After the Storm: Herbal Medicine for Post-Viral-Infection Respiratory Symptoms
During the cold and flu season it is not uncommon to hear of clinicians prescribing such patent remedies as Gan Mao Ling, Yin Chiao Jie Du Pian, or Ge Gen Wan for acute presentations of the predictable symptoms of early-stage viral infection.
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.
5 Modern Tips for Marketing Your Acupuncture Practice
As an acupuncturist, keeping your practice competitive requires you to continually educate yourself on the latest developments within your field. The same holds true for your marketing.
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.
The Root, the Branch and the Soil: A Path Toward Healing & Transformation
In Chinese medicine, one of the first diagnostic principles we learn is to differentiate the root from the branch. When we begin to treat the root, we see transformative shifts occur in the patient.
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.