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Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
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We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
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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.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
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.
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
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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.
First Do No Harm?
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5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
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Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Poll Results for the following Question:
Which of these health care professions is most closely aligned with massage?
Total Respondents: 413
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Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine The successful treatment utilizing acupuncture, in part, is involved with Tui-NA massage. It is the best encountering symptom with pain in certain conditions. In order to provide the best service of oriental medicine, the acupuncturist with strong background of herbal pharmacology is better alliance with high quality of massage therapist.
none of the above are health care professions
Chiropractic If the question were which "compliments" massage, I have found both as a patient of chiropractic care, and as an LMT/NMT working in chiropractic offices, that while massage therapy addresses soft tissue, chiropractic provides a great complement in addressing bony alignment. These two fields are naturals to work together, as the work from one directly supports the work of the other, allowing patients to reach a healthy balance sooner than if just one approach is used. Additionally, many of my clients use acupuncture in conjunction with massage, and find it beneficial. However, I believe chiropractic is more "aligned" with massage exactly because it is distinct from massage and most chiropractors do not personally perform massage as a part of their adjustments.
Chiropractic I work very closely with several Chiropractor who believe as I do, That it is our responsibility to get our patients healed as soon as possible. My work makes for easier, more long lasting adjustments, and being in alignment greatly reduces spasms.
Gary Vigeant, LMT
Naturopathy I think that Naturoathy is most closely aligned
with massage because Naturapathy deal's with
pathology ect. like
muscles,ligiments,tendons,facha once lengthend
in needed areas and yes contracted in others
promotes a balance. Therefore the vertebra
surounding the disc will hold. Naturopathy uses
manuplation of the soft tissue to coax the vertebra
to slid in to position with little or no pain. I worked
at our local health food for 3 years and have been
doing massage for 15 years . If the schooling was
with in my reach I would consider Naturopathy to
enhance my massage thearpy skill's. At that time
every one that had an apt. with Greg always had
great things to say about his
Naturopathy-massage skills this is why I wen't in
to massage. I could not beleve the graditude
Greg received, now I know the feeling, after 15
years of helping people help them-selves. I very
much admire his work, to advance alturnitive
medicine. And If I haden't allredy graduated from
H.E.C I would go to his medical massage
school. I wish him well in his new venture, well
maybe not so new Chiropractic. I think he got his
start in Naturapathy but don't quote me on that or
for that mater any of this information. I am just
going on my memory and we all know how
reliable that can be. After all that was about 18
Physical Therapy I feel that Physical Therapy is closest to massge due to the fact that they work with the muscles and use range of motion as well as stretches in rehabilitating clients.
I am in agreement with the person who wrote: "Chiropractors were the first to practice physical therapy and acupuncture, formally in the United States. ect...
We need to spot trying to divide, all have their purpose and none is better than the other! Why can't we all work together?? As a Massage Therapist I see all kinds of people and recommend all types of therapies, why shouldn't we? Too many people forget about the patients best interest and worry about their professions Name sake, and we should be trying to stop the person that gives less than their best and tries to cheat the system!
does this question have an answer? the only one i can think of is to delete physical therapy, and i'm not sure that is an unprejudiced response.
Chiropractic THEY have nearly single handedly made it possible for massage to beocme a profession worth doing.
Physical Therapy I really think massage therapy is in a field of its own. However I really think we are the best qualified to deal with issues of musculoskeletal pain & dysfuntion. We have the feel and understand the connection between mind, body, environment and spirit which is both a eastern and Ayurvedic concept. However I would like to see massage recognized by the health care industry which would include reimbursment by insurance companies and direct patient/client care.
Physical Therapy Ifeel that physical theraphy is a good approach. It has helped me.
Physical Therapy pt and massage are closer in function and purpose than the others because they both deal directly with muscular function and manipulation. Chiropratics are next in line but that's more of a joint manipulation.
Physical Therapy what's the purpose of this question?
From my perspective, each of the suggested healthcare professions could be more aligned with massage, depending on the style of massage one does.
Chiropractic Chiropractors were the first to practice physical therapy and acupuncture formally in the United States.
Chiropractors have shaped and developed both of these professions in the early years. In fact it was a chiropractor who gave the NCCAOM ( the national accrediting body for acupuncture) a $20,000 personal loan to bail them out of bankruptcy. This loan has yet to be repaid over almost 10 years later. Chiropractors currently stand side by side with the massage therapy profession. They educate massage therapists in their schools and employ their specialty in their practices. This question is clearly aimed at dividing the strong bond between the chiropractic and massage communities so that the clinical acupuncturists can userp massage, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture for themselves. The clinical acupuncturists want to control all these professions when they have created none of them in the United States. Don't be fooled be the rhetoric of this question. It is meant to divide and weaken two professions (massage and chiropractic) who have been great friends from their beginings. The editors of Massage Today, Dynamic Chiropractic, and Acupuncture Today (all the same group, by the way)should stop trying to create a war between professions. They should nurture the relationship amoung professions so that we can come up with unified research that would benefit all of our patients. The clinical acupuncturists this crazy rhetoric that damages professional relations and is clearly only for their own professional self interests. It is dispicable to think of professions over patients.
Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine Massage and Acupunture/Oriental Medicine has been around for over 5000 yearson and has healed more people throughout the ages than any other medical specialty. The relationship of the two is as close
as yin and yang and should be practiced together for the best possible results. (Having a background in) Neuromuscular Massage and Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine gives such a total understanding of pain syndromes from the unique perspective of two separate (East/West) but coinciding systems that has a synergistic effect on the human body.
Stephen Young,AP,LMT (FL)
Physical Therapy This question is ambiguous (perhaps intentionally so). "Aligned" can mean "putting oneself on one side of an issue." This would suggest that the other health care profession shares certain principles with massage therapists. On the other hand, "aligned" could just have a spatial meaning, suggesting that massage and the other profession cover the same area (clients and conditions treated, techniques used, etc). If the second meaning is intended, I would say that PT clearly shows more overlap and similarity to massage therapy.
Chiropractic I think both Physical Therapy & Chiropractics equally rely on massage to ready the patient for their treatment
Physical Therapy PT's are handcuffed by procedures, protocols & insurance. Massage therapists are becoming known as soft tissue experts. We are able to spend more "one-on-one" time working with patients than most healthcare professionals. Direct access will be an area for the massage therapy profession to defend in the future!
Should there be a different license or classification for a medical/clinical massage therapist?
B. Hal Richardson LMT, NCTMB