Archive for April, 2011

Thank you for the community support;KRKO “Health Matters” airing 4/25/11.

April 28, 2011

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I want to thank all of those listeners who supported me by tuning into the segment of “Health Matters”. It aired yesterday evening, April 25th at 6:45 PM, PST on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 AM. A special thank you for my hosts Maury Eskenazi and Shannon O Kelly.

To recap points that were made on the show; The difference between medical massage and spa or relaxation massage, is the intension of outcome , the use of specific protocol and a treatment plan with a focus on an injured area, verse a full body generalized approach.

Another point made was made, in defining what myofascial release therapy is. Myofascial release therapy is a deep tissue massage techniques used to correct and restore tissue and their surrounding structures. Other techniques used are deep tissue massage, manual traction which help with decompression of the spine and joint as well as surrounding tissues, remedial movement and somatic movement.

The description of the muscular system was explained in that, this system is not just composed of muscles but includes connective tissue, fascia, tendons and ligaments.

Also defining medical massage therapy as being broader in the areas of treatment and not limited in the areas of the back and neck or for just relieving sprain and strains. Conditions such as whiplash, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome and plantar fasciits can be treated. As long as there is fascia and other connective tissue, any area can be treated with medical massage therapy.

The question was presented about how do people come to me. I responded by stating that patients come to me by a referring doctor or specialist. When asked about how often do they come, my response was based on what is prescribed in a treatment plan, such as once or twice a week for 6 weeks or as indicated as medically needed.

An inquiry was also made about what kinds of specific conditions that I work with that are effective with myofascial release. I explained that fibromyalgia is one condition I treat in addressing the fascia, which is the layer within the muscular system that binds and holds everything together. This is a common disorder of the fascia. When in the case of working with a patient with fibromyagia their fascia is thick similar to glue. Myofascial release helps to remove this thickness in the fascia by given it length.

Other conditions I treat were also addressed. Car accident, L&I injuries, sports injuries and post operative pain following surgery are some of the types of generalized health concerns an individual would have in seeking out my services.

This is a brief outline of the interview. Thank you again for your support. It is my intension to educated the benefits of massage therapy in the health care community as a natural and effective technique for rehabilitation.

Copyright Andrew Wolfe, LMP 4/25/2011

http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com/Harmony-Massage-Media.html

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April 27, 2011

>Andrew

I want to thank all of those listeners who supported me by tuning into the segment of “Health Matters”. It aired yesterday evening, April 25th at 6:45 PM, PST on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 AM. A special thank you for my hosts Maury Eskenazi and Shannon O Kelly.

To recap points that were made on the show; The difference between medical massage and spa or relaxation massage, is the intension of outcome , the use of specific protocol and a treatment plan with a focus on an injured area, verse a full body generalized approach.

Another point made was made, in defining what myofascial release therapy is. Myofascial release therapy is a deep tissue massage techniques used to correct and restore tissue and their surrounding structures. Other techniques used are deep tissue massage, manual traction which help with decompression of the spine and joint as well as surrounding tissues, remedial movement and somatic movement.

The description of the muscular system was explained in that, this system is not just composed of muscles but includes connective tissue, fascia, tendons and ligaments.

Also defining medical massage therapy as being broader in the areas of treatment and not limited in the areas of the back and neck or for just relieving sprain and strains. Conditions such as whiplash, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome and plantar faciiits can be treated. As long as there is fascia and other connective tissue, any area can be treated with medical massage therapy.

The question was presented about how do people come to me. I responded by stating that patients come to me by a referring doctor or specialist. When asked about how often do they come, my response was based on what is prescribed in a treatment plan, such as once or twice a week for 6 weeks or as indicated as medically needed.

An inquiry was also made about what kinds of specific conditions that I work with that are effective with myofascial release. I explained that fibromyalgia is one condition I treat in addressing the fascia, which is the layer within the muscular system that binds and holds everything together. This is a common disorder of the fascia. When in the case of working with a patient with fibromyagia their fascia is thick similar to glue. Myofascial release helps to remove this thickness in the fascia by given it length.

Other conditions I treat were also addressed. Car accident, L&I injuries, sports injuries and post operative pain following surgery are some of the types of generalized health concerns an individual would have in seeking out my services.

This is a brief outline of the interview. Thank you again for your support. It is my intension to educated the benefits of massage therapy in the health care community as a natural and effective technique for rehabilitation.

Copyright Andrew Wolfe, LMP 4/25/2011

The Importance of Individualized Health Care by Andrew Wolfe,LMP

April 22, 2011

Leg flexion and low back massage by Andrew Wolfe,LMP

Health care these days is a system of managed care. Due to the volume of patients needs, health care is inundated with symptoms and complaints that exceed the limited time capacity of health care professionals. It has been my experience, that mainstream health care is overseen not by the patients’ medical providers but by a larger “all-seeing eye” focused on the bottom line. It isfelt within every procedure, therapy and treatment protocol; –your insurance company. Without having the direct contact or history of the patient these decisions are made. They dictate what seems to me, that which is in the best interest of corporate insurance companies and not in the best interests of the patient. Who knows better than the person who comes into direct contact with the patient, the healthcare provider? With the many and often multiple needs of the patent and a condensed time in which to manage their care, it is a wonder more mistakes aren’t being made. To address a large and ever growing number of people in need we, in the health care field, are overworked and underpaid. It is easy to overlook and by-pass an important piece in the equation in the health care puzzle; individualized quality care.

How did profits become more important than people? In an ever changing world of high finance, opportunity and the push to strive for more. we have created a giant monster. This monster is controlling us and largely dictating how we practice (which is the job of licensing boards.) Practitioners have the wisdom of understanding to know best how to manage what was once compassion in action. Our choice to serve and help others has been tainted by policies and procedures, much of which is not within our own understanding of best practice. The larger umbrella called managed care effects us all; patients and providers alike. In my experience working with insurance companies as a contracted provider, I, like many, in the process of trying to help others, am limited by narrowly defined codes and reimbursements, limiting effectiveness in treating patients with the services they require. This need for treatment sometimes necessitates patients having to go outside of the managed system where they often find a larger dollar amount dangling over their heads. It seems freedom of choice, by most standards has a price tag. Those that can afford choice can exercise this freedom while others can’t due to the oppressive paralysis of inability to choose based on economics.

The other side to managed care is inconsistency. I have heard this from patients time and time again. Individualized attention seems to be lost. It’s been my experience that some patients are bounced around by other practitioners having conflicting advice, different unresolved treatments and they feel the frustration of having to discuss yet again their health history, sometime within the same medical office or organization. Patients want to be heard, treated respectfully and get solid answers. I believe part of the answer lies in patient choice. This ability to choose gets lost within the shuffle and patients feel helpless to change the power of thinking to choose. A proactive patient is an empowered patient. While this may be a threat to some, it is best for the patient to think outside of the box; to be able to consider all options.
The need for private practices is necessary to fill in the gaps of this shuffle. Unfortunately it is becoming harder to find such practices and solo practitioners. Those of us not consumed by a corporate entity have been left to defend our position, holding ground that seems to be shaky at best. Yet perseverance is the human quality of the soul. We can not depart from our humanness.

Copyright 4/21 2011

Andrew Wolfe, LMP

Business owner in private practice

Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy, serving individual health care needs in North

Snohomish County since 1987

www.harmonymassagetherapy.com

“Compassionate care, tough on pain.”

>The Importance of Individualized Health Care by Andrew Wolfe LMP

April 22, 2011

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Health care these days is a system of managed care. Due to the volume of patients needs, health care is inundated with symptoms and complaints that exceed the limited time capacity of health care professionals. It has been my experience, that mainstream health care is overseen not by the patients’ medical providers but by a larger “all-seeing eye” focused on the bottom line. It is felt within every procedure, therapy and treatment protocol; –your insurance company. Without having the direct contact or history of the patient these decisions are made. They dictate what seems to me, that which is in the best interest of corporate insurance companies and not in the best interests of the patient. Who knows better than the person who comes into direct contact with the patient, the healthcare provider? With the many and often multiple needs of the patent and a condensed time in which to manage their care, it is a wonder more mistakes aren’t being made. To address a large and ever growing number of people in need we, in the health care field, are overworked and underpaid. It is easy to overlook and by-pass an important piece in the equation in the health care puzzle; individualized quality care.
How did profits become more important than people? In an ever changing world of high finance, opportunity and the push to strive for more. we have created a giant monster. This monster is controlling us and largely dictating how we practice (which is the job of licensing boards.) Practitioners have the wisdom of understanding to know best how to manage what was once compassion in action. Our choice to serve and help others has been tainted by policies and procedures, much of which is not within our own understanding of best practice. The larger umbrella called managed care effects us all; patients and providers alike. In my experience working with insurance companies as a contracted provider, I, like many, in the process of trying to help others, am limited by narrowly defined codes and reimbursements, limiting effectiveness in treating patients with the services they require. This need for treatment sometimes necessitates patients having to go outside of the managed system where they often find a larger dollar amount dangling over their heads. It seems freedom of choice, by most standards has a price tag. Those that can afford choice can exercise this freedom while others can’t due to the oppressive paralysis of inability to choose based on economics.
The other side to managed care is inconsistency. I have heard this from patients time and time again. Individualized attention seems to be lost. It’s been my experience that some patients are bounced around by other practitioners having conflicting advice, different unresolved treatments and they feel the frustration of having to discuss yet again their health history, sometime within the same medical office or organization. Patients want to be heard, treated respectfully and get solid answers. I believe part of the answer lies in patient choice. This ability to choose gets lost within the shuffle and patients feel helpless to change the power of thinking to choose. A proactive patient is an empowered patient. While this may be a threat to some, it is best for the patient to think outside of the box; to be able to consider all options.
The need for private practices is necessary to fill in the gaps of this shuffle. Unfortunately it is becoming harder to find such practices and solo practitioners. Those of us not consumed by a corporate entity have been left to defend our position, holding ground that seems to be shaky at best. Yet perseverance is the human quality of the soul. We can not depart from our humanness.

Copyright 4/21 2011
Andrew Wolfe, LMP
Business owner in private practice
Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy, serving individual health care needs in
Snohomish County since 1987

http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com
“Compassionate care, tough on pain.”

>The Importance of Individualized Health Care by Andrew Wolfe, LMP

April 22, 2011

>The Importance of Individualized Health Care by Andrew Wolfe, LMP

>Local massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe to speak on Health Matters April 25th,2011

April 13, 2011

> Local massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe to speak on Health Matters April 25th,2011 Local massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe to speak on Health Matters April 25th,2011 Andrew Wolfe, LMP is the owner and massage therapist of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy located in Arlington’s health care district at Smokey Point, Washington. He has a private practice in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center serving patients in the north Snohomish County region since 1987. In his profession as a licensed massage practitioner, he has focused on the rehabilitation and injury aspect of massage therapy. In the past he has been a keynote speaker, presenting in Everett Washington at the Snohomish County Medical Assistance Association on medical massage in May of 2009. He is scheduled to be a keynote speaker on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 am on April 25 Health Matters starting at 6:45 PM, PST. It will be a show for questions and answers. There will also be the availability for listeners to call in. The subject of health will be discussed in the topic of medical massage therapy. Andrew Wolfe,LMP brings 24 years of advanced clinical experience and training to the show, with insight and knowledge surpassing others in his field. He has worked with a variety of conditions in his private practice ranging from sports and personal injuries such as whiplash,fibromyalgia,thoracic outlet symdrome,carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis and other orthopedic conditions. Massage therapy as a natural, drug free, non surgical choice to be used in conjunction or as a primary focus in the rehabilitation and recovery from orthopedic, muscular and skeletal dysfunctions and complaints a patient may be experiencing. People don’t realize the treatment options that massage therapy have available to them. Massage therapy is not just confined to the back and neck. Depending on medical need, most areas of the body can be treated not just the neck and the back. Where the body has mobility in the joints there are ligaments, tendons and muscles that make movement possible. With this understanding massage therapy is not simply left for the treatment of sore muscles but has such a greater circumference of treatment options open for care under massage therapy. Proper diagnosis is important in the effective treatment to help issue a optimal response. Talk to your provider about what your options are. Drug use is not the only avenue to take when it comes to pain management. Surgery is an option but should only be exercised as an option when all other recourses have been exhausted. Most patients have sought out referrals issued by their primary or specialty provider. Some patients come on their own, tired of the drug route and not wanting surgery. About author:Professional massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe,LMP has OVER 24 Years ,local,Full Time Private Practice; Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy specializing in medical massage therapy. Established in 1987. Andrew Wolfe considers himself, in addition to being a massage therapist, an educator of health and wellness. He has a masters in metaphysics and is certified as a life coach. His inspiration is to empower individuals one at a time through personal choice and creating healthy options for one’s health and well being.  Practice is located in Arlington Washington. For more information about this or other topics please visit http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com or http://www.accidentrecoverynw.com copy written by Andrew Wolfe,LMP Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/press-releases-articles/local-massage-therapistandrew-wolfe-to-speak-on-health-matters-april-25th2011-4587837.html#ixzz1JRx7EXqJ Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

>Andrew Wolfe – "Health Matters" radio talk show

April 12, 2011

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Andrew Wolfe, LMP is the owner and massage therapist of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy located in Arlington’s health care district at Smokey Point, Washington. He has a private practice in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center serving patients in the north Snohomish County region since 1987. In his profession as a licensed massage practitioner, he has focused on the rehabilitation and injury aspect of massage therapy. In the past he has been a keynote speaker, presenting in Everett Washington at the Snohomish County Medical Assistance Association on medical massage in May of 2009.

He is scheduled to be a keynote speaker on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 am on April 25 ”Health Matters,” starting at 6:45 PM, PST. It will be a show for questions and answers. There will also be the availability for listeners to call in. The subject of health will be discussed in the topic of medical massage therapy.
Andrew Wolfe,LMP brings 24 years of advanced clinical experience and training to the show, with insight and knowledge surpassing others in his field. He has worked with a variety of conditions in his private practice ranging from sports and personal injuries such as whiplash,fibromyalgia,thoracic outlet symdrome,carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis and other orthopedic conditions. His clarity of massage therapy as a medical modality helps uncover any myth by offer massage therapy as a natural, drug free, non surgical choice to be used in conjunction or as a primary focus in the rehabilitation and recovery from orthopedic, muscular and skeletal dysfunctions and complaints a patient may be experiencing. People don’t realize the treatment options that massage therapy has available to them. Massage therapy is not just the confinement of the idea of working just on the back and neck. Depending on medical need, most areas of the body can be treated not just the neck and the back. Where the body has mobility in the joints there are ligaments, tendons and muscles that make movement possible. With this understanding massage therapy is not simply left for the treatment of sore muscles but has such a greater circumference of treatment options open for care under massage therapy.
Proper diagnosis is important in the effective treatment to help issue a optimal response. Talk to your provider about what your options are. Drug use is not the only avenue to take when it comes to pain management. Surgery is an option but should only be exercised as an option when all other recourses have been exhausted.
Most patients have sought out referrals issued by their primary or specialty provider. Some patients come on their own, tired of the drug route and not wanting surgery.

Andrew Wolfe considers himself, in addition to being a massage therapist, an educator of health and wellness. He has a masters in metaphysics and is certified as a life coach. His inspiration is to empower individuals one at a time through personal choice and creating healthy options for one’s health and well being.
 
For more information on this health care professional please visit Andrew Wolfe’s web site at http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com or call 360-653-4657.

Copy written by Andrew Wolfe,LMP
Andrew Wolfe – "Health Matters" radio talk show

Key note speaker on KRKO “Health Matters” April 25th at 6:45PM, PST

April 12, 2011
 
Andrew Wolfe, LMP is the owner and massage therapist of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy located in Arlington’s health care district at Smokey Point, Washington. He has a private practice in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center serving patients in the north Snohomish County region since 1987. In his profession as a licensed massage practitioner, he has focused on the rehabilitation and injury aspect of massage therapy. In the past he has been a keynote speaker, presenting in Everett Washington at the Snohomish County Medical Assistance Association on medical massage in May of 2009.

He is scheduled to be a keynote speaker on Everett Washington’s radio station, KRKO 1380 am on April 25 ”Health Matters,” starting at 6:45 PM, PST. It will be a show for questions and answers. There will also be the availability for listeners to call in. The subject of health will be discussed in the topic of medical massage therapy.

Andrew Wolfe,LMP brings 24 years of advanced clinical experience and training to the show, with insight and knowledge surpassing others in his field. He has worked with a variety of conditions in his private practice ranging from sports and personal injuries such as whiplash,fibromyalgia,thoracic outlet symdrome,carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis and other orthopedic conditions. His clarity of massage therapy as a medical modality helps uncover any myth by offer massage therapy as a natural, drug free, non surgical choice to be used in conjunction or as a primary focus in the rehabilitation and recovery from orthopedic, muscular and skeletal dysfunctions and complaints a patient may be experiencing. People don’t realize the treatment options that massage therapy has available to them. Massage therapy is not just the confinement of the idea of working just on the back and neck. Depending on medical need, most areas of the body can be treated not just the neck and the back. Where the body has mobility in the joints there are ligaments, tendons and muscles that make movement possible. With this understanding massage therapy is not simply left for the treatment of sore muscles but has such a greater circumference of treatment options open for care under massage therapy.

Proper diagnosis is important in the effective treatment to help issue a optimal response. Talk to your provider about what your options are. Drug use is not the only avenue to take when it comes to pain management. Surgery is an option but should only be exercised as an option when all other recourses have been exhausted.

Most patients have sought out referrals issued by their primary or specialty provider. Some patients come on their own, tired of the drug route and not wanting surgery.

Andrew Wolfe considers himself, in addition to being a massage therapist, an educator of health and wellness. He has a masters in metaphysics and is certified as a life coach. His inspiration is to empower individuals one at a time through personal choice and creating healthy options for one’s health and well being.

 
 

 

For more information on this health care professional please visit Andrew Wolfe’s web site at http://www.harmonymassagetherapy.com or call 360-653-4657.

Copy written by Andrew Wolfe,LMP