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5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
If You Bet the Ranch, You Might Just Lose It
Did you know that the effectiveness of massage on muscle tissue is about to be decided? Oh yes, and by real research. Woo-Woo! No wait, woo-woo wouldn't be real research, or would it? It certainly is in the case of the pseudo-science of meteorology. Of course, we all know by now (because we've been told) that research is the only way to the "truth" of something. (Except in the pseudo-science of meteorology!)
If it can't be measured and proven by a double blind controlled study, then it is poppycock or that dreaded anecdotal evidence over thousands of years, which of course means nothing because the research cartel didn't make any money off of it. Or worse, the anecdotal evidence contradicts the "Central Dogma" or a cash flow.
But fear not – athletic trainers at the University of Kentucky have set out to prove whether or not massage is effective on muscle tissue. So, true to form, the ATC's at UK have built (or had built for them) a fascinating machine to do "massage" on muscles. They are really excited to finally be able to prove whether massage works or not and feel their research will shed light on whether massage can speed up muscle repair after exercise or injury. This could be huge. Rock-on, UK!
But wait, if they prove that the machine's roller running over the skin covering a muscle does speed up muscle repair, have they validated massage? Not at all, they have validated a roller machine. Do you think this study might cause more people with muscle injuries to be prescribed massage therapy? More likely, the company that built this machine, or (if built by the University's fabrication department) some company who does build machines and gets or buys the rights will be endorsed and machines will be used for the therapy. After all, that is all that was validated by the research.
The beloved "evidence" would be that the machine achieved "X" and the hands-on massage therapist (you) might get some "trickle down" if the research is positive for massage. What if the massage machine doesn't make a positive difference? I can guarantee you massage will be discredited and the media hype will be huge.
Will this research prove anything about the effectiveness of manual massage done by a trained human? Not really. Their little roller machine might come close to duplicating the effect on tissue of a small hand doing effleurage ... oh, excuse me a gliding stroke. If they have gotten fancy, it might have some ability to approximate vibration. But it will not tell if deep friction, petrissage, sustained/static pressure and all the combinations of strokes, movements, stretching, etc. have a positive effect or not.
Further, part of massage, a very important part by the way, is the interaction between the therapist and the patient. That dreaded interaction that research has such a time with. That transference of "energy" that the evidence based crowd so despises which occurs in a massage. That interaction, that adaptability, that constant interaction with the patient's tissues that a skilled therapist does naturally, and that poorly trained therapists seldom figure out as they push oil around. A very real problem with massage research is – what skill level of therapist is doing the researched massage? What good is research that proves a highly skilled therapist can accomplish "x" with massage and then the majority of practicing therapists cannot duplicate it? Likewise, if a study is done using inexperienced therapists or perhaps students, the results could sell the potential of massage short.
Am I against research? Absolutely not. I am a founding member of the Massage Therapy Foundation and have contributed to their research efforts. I am fascinated by research and there is a lot to be gained by it. However, those who are betting the ranch on massage becoming validated by research and thus "accepted" by the allopathic cartel (that's MD's and hospitals) are going to lose the ranch. It is the public we need to reach and be accepted by. It is their demand that might get us into the allopathic system. They are much more impressed and responsive to testimonials of success and how massage can benefit them than they are of research proving some minutiae.