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The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
International Volunteering: What to Know Before You Go
For most massage therapists, the thought of helping another person is at the core of our work. However, when it comes to volunteering abroad, there are some very real considerations to undertake before you decide on how best to provide your professional services.
Before you set out abroad, you'll want to do your research and ensure you are applying to a responsible and quality program. Unfortunately, the Internet is flooded with many scams and volunteer programs that cause more harm than help in the communities they work with. When considering a volunteer program, the best interest of local communities should be first and foremost. The community should benefit directly, or indirectly, from your work there.
Skills and Qualifications
No volunteer program should ever allow volunteers to do something they would be unqualified for in their home environment. When it comes to volunteer massage and touch therapy programs, qualified volunteers would be considered as those who possess training, education, licensure and accreditation in the forms of health care they are to provide, which include staff education.
The potential volunteer health care professional should provide to the organization a copy of all accreditation and licensure documents, submit to an accredited background check, signed code of conduct and volunteer agreement documents.
The organization should only accept volunteer health care professionals who are qualified, have been vetted and thoroughly background checked, agree to the child protection code of conduct, have signed a volunteer agreement which states that they will adhere to proper health care standards and infection control, agree to adhere to a very clear professional code of conduct, and sign all documents as required in relation to protection of children and the community in which they live. Organizational guidelines for volunteers working on project sites where children are present, should be required to have an enhanced criminal records check/background check administered by an accredited independent background check agency.
An Orphanage or Children's Care Site
To many, it appears a good idea to visit an orphanage and play with the children there. You have even likely heard stories from others who did so on a vacation and say it was such a rewarding experience, or a reminder of what is really important in life. However, the question comes up: "What is the impact of visiting and playing with children?" "Is this sustainable, or does it cause harm?" Many children are living in orphanages and care settings due to abandonment, while others are there with the hopes of being reunited with their family and reintegrated into their communities. Playing with the children does not provide any sustainable impact or health care application to help with emotional and physical health, or family reintegration.
If on holiday you want to stop by, without advance approval, to visit an orphanage, the facility does not ask you for relevant work experience, skills related to children's health care or teaching, background clearances, proof of credentials or take measures to prevent children from being alone with you. And these are major red flags of concern. This may be a facility that is not taking a child's care into full consideration or have their best interest in mind.
Sustainability Should be the Goal
In volunteer, not-for-profit and NGO work globally, sustainability is a big deal and for very good reason. When providing services in a community, passing out hugs and handouts is not going to make a lasting difference. Goals of the organization and program should include community and staff education and training. Before you commit to any volunteer abroad opportunity, read these tips for responsible volunteer consideration from The Child Safe Movement:
How to Choose an Organization
Choosing an organization to work with is something that takes time. Look for an organization that has a good reputation among NGOs, non-profits, and within their professional community. If the organization provides care within the children's health care sector, ensure they are committed to the health and well being of all children, even more so with all of the documented abuses that exist under the guise of helping children through volunteer tourism. Safety and care of the children should be paramount to their work. They should have appropriate guidelines in place to ensure that all children involved in their projects are kept safe from all forms of harm, abuse and inappropriate treatment. International programs should be developed to support children's health care and their welfare while creating sustainable programs which directly support their communities.
As mentioned earlier, they should require experience of all volunteers in their programs and projects. They should choose professional candidates who are qualified for the position in which they will perform their volunteer service. The organization should provide additional on site training, orientation and mentoring, as well as social-emotional preparation prior to attending the international program and support throughout the entire trip.
Volunteers should be observed at all times and never left alone with a child. The organization should limit the amount of time spent in any one center, health care facility, orphanage or child care center, so neither a volunteer nor child would develop any inappropriate attachment or form any type of bond.
Global Volunteer Program or Voluntourism
At a time when volunteer tourism is receiving lots of negative press and media exposure, it is important for those who wish to volunteer to do their due diligence and research in selecting any opportunity for which they would like to apply.
Choose a professional organization, not volunteer tourism. In reviewing published articles and information in the media, there are some practices in volunteering abroad which are not the best approach. In voluntourism, it is common practice that a fee is charged for anyone, no experience required, to become a volunteer, and the company operates as an individual, or for profit scheme with very little personal involvement or oversight of their volunteers. The volunteers arrive at the project and volunteer in their own way, completely unsupervised, not educated or trained. This can create a firestorm of issues and problems.
A program that does not require health care professionals be licensed, trained/educated, background checked, sign child health clearances, code of conduct forms/agreements and advocates for keeping children in institutionalized settings is not a program that should be associated with safe, sustainable and responsible volunteering abroad. Massage therapists and health care providers should focus their volunteer efforts with programs that support communities and create a sustainable difference!
Author's Note: The author of this article and the Liddle Kidz Foundation does not support, endorse or promote global/international outreach programs that do not follow specific guidelines in selection of professional health care volunteers, or ensure the safety, health, well being and care of the children. Children's safety and health should be paramount in a professional organization's work abroad.