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Is It Time for a Popeye Moment? The Flaw in Recommending Chiropractic as a Career.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
News in Brief
Life to Open Branch Campus in Italy; Northwestern Research Arm Benefits From Big Donation.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also referred to as photobiomodulation, has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Solving the Pain Puzzle
Legendary former New York Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." He would have been a great chiropractor. We are trained to become experts with our hands: palpation, adjusting, soft-tissue release, etc.
Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Avoiding "Just a Pop Doc" Syndrome
Yes, it's harsh. Patients don't like to admit it. They have an unspoken plan when they first visit you: to come one time, get rid of their pain and then get rid of you. They know it's unrealistic, but they'd like to pay nothing for this service.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Announces First Group Member
The Michigan Association of Chiropractors has joined the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress as its first group member.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
The Death of the Travel Card
As long as I have been in practice, the travel card has stood as the primary style of documentation for chiropractic. It is quick, simple and direct. Unfortunately, the rules have changed.
DC App – The Next Generation
According to a survey by technology firm CDW, health care professionals gain approximately 1.2 hours per day in productivity simply by using a tablet computer in practice.
Why Drugs and Supplements Can't Cure Disease
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be cured with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Hypertension is the best example of this.
Are You Ready for the 2016 Patient?
In October, Apple released its iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The new system includes Health, a new app that will interface with an ever-growing number of other apps.
Home Safety: Help Families Avoid Common Injury Hazards at Home
These days, many parents childproof their homes before a baby is even mobile. You will see an array of electrical outlet covers, bumpers on the corners of the coffee table and safety latches on the cupboards.
Step by Step: Long-Term Treatment of Soft-Tissue Injuries Combines Skill and Care
Treating soft-tissue injuries with long-lasting results starts the moment an individual enters the office. When it comes to pain, the only thing that matters to the patient is relief.
Are You Ignoring the 10,000-Hour Rule?
Having trained interns and mentored new practitioners, it has been my observation that their No. 1 clinical concern is adjusting skills. Their second clinical concern is their ability to read X-rays. Physical diagnostic skills are a distant third.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Treating Acute and Chronic Neck Pain With Ischemic Compression and Exercise
There are many reasons not to manipulate the neck with cavitation: the patient is too old, their neck is too tight, etc. But the most common reason is that plenty of patients are afraid of "the crack," mostly because of the bad publicity about that procedure.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Supporting Research and Education
Contributed By April Neufeld, BS, LMP, Beth Barberree, BA, RMT, MK Brennan MS, RN, LMBT
This month, The Massage Therapy Foundation's research column looks at a different kind of article published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB); an editorial from IJTMB's Practice Editor, Niki Munk, PhD, LMT, entitled, "Case Reports: A Meaningful Way for Massage Practice to Inform Research and Education." Unlike the research articles frequently reviewed in this column, an editorial is not independent research but an open letter to the IJTMB readers.
In this editorial, Dr. Munk argues for the fundamental importance of case reports to support research and education. Unlike the gold standard of research, the randomized controlled trials, case reports offer a glimpse of what the massage therapy practice looks like in the actual treatment rooms. Research is increasingly focused on real world (effectiveness) approaches, "research that is practice-informed becomes even more important if practitioners of the field wish for the research being conducted to be relevant and translatable to everyday massage practice."
Researchers rely on the detailed descriptions of massage therapy techniques outlined in other research studies to inform the treatment protocols for future research. The lack of consistent international standards for massage education makes research a challenge, but a well written, peer-reviewed case report informs the researcher of the techniques utilized by and the focus of massage therapists in private practice. This, in turn, can influence the focus and methods of a research study. When you choose to write your case report, it is important to include details on the techniques used, patient characteristics, condition of complaint, provider and patient expectations and outcomes. Additionally, a description of the massage therapist's credentials is essential given the inconsistencies in education and regulation.
Case reports can be a stepping-stone to get involved with research and can contribute significantly to the increasing database of massage therapy evidence. Additionally, case reports are building blocks for more detailed research studies and, "provide a venue for information to be shared across all practitioners, educators and researchers."
According to the author, many massage therapists may be reluctant to write case reports because of a misconception that case reports describing ineffective treatments or unsuccessful outcomes are not of any professional or research value. In fact, case reports that report ineffective outcomes are equally important as the successful and effective treatments. These types of reports provide a well-rounded evidence base for other practitioners, researchers and educators.
Now, you may think to yourself that you do not have a scientific writing background and may feel you do not have the academic training to write a proper, scientifically relevant case report. But LMTs should keep in mind that there are many resources to support aspiring authors. The Massage Therapy Foundation is a great resource for new writers. Additionally, many medical professionals (Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Naturopaths) or people affiliated with a university could be interested in being a co-author for your case report. "Publications in peer-reviewed journals are important for academic career advancement (for them), and having a second author" provides support and gives credit to the first author. These kinds of writing partnerships can also lead to further mentorship and may be an opportunity for career advancement. Partnering with someone who has more education and/or training may be ideal to polish a case report that struggles with scientific background and writing. Additionally, remember that while writing alone can be isolating, writing with a partner can be highly rewarding. Having work get edited and reviewed hones writing skills and can build confidence. And, it isn’t just case reports that are of interest to the IJTMB. The journal is also open to case series, practice evaluations, letters to the editor, original theoretical practice devised discussions and other practice-related contributions.
To learn more about the effects of massage therapy, you can review the Massage Therapy Foundation article archives, read accepted MTF Research Grant abstracts, or search PubMed for massage therapy studies.
With your continued support, the MTF is able to fund scientific research, promote research literacy and provide the gift of massage to people who need it the most.
To read the IJTMB editorial in-full, visit www.ijtmb.org/index.php/ijtmb/article/view/230/265. To donate to the Massage Therapy Foundation, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.