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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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
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.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poll Results for the following Question:
What modality do you use most frequently in your massage practice?
Total Respondents: 755
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Other I use deep tissue massage most frequently because that is what most of my clients prefer to release tension.
Myofascial Release (MFR) I use an individualized eclectic style that elicites client feedback and direction to create a session based in MFR, Asian styles and philosophy, and Swedish.
Myofascial Release (MFR) helps with my fibromyalgia. every two weeks
Swedish It's difficult to choose only one. It seems that each massage will vary to some degree depending on the individual client. As an LMT, I have come to learn it is essential to be comfortable and confident in as many modalities as possible that fall under the therapeutic massage umbrella. I also firmly believe any LMT that claims to "specialize" in one modality should have the continued education to support such a claim.
Nothing irritates me more as a practitioner, than when I hear a massage therapist say, "Uhhh...yeah, I can do a little Shiatsu, (NMT, MFR...etc.)"
If we are going to be viewed and respected professionally, it is essential that our degree of education supports our claims.
-Talya S. McDougall, NYS LMT
Asian Bodywork I practice Thai Yoga Massage - it is an amazing therapy particularly in combination with reiki etc
All of the Above I feel dificult to teach the pactical massage to my student
Other I find that an integrated approach works best. Although Swedish prepares and relaxes more body area and uses lots of time, the other powerful specific muscle release techniques should not take a back seat to it in this poll.
All of the above is my answer as long as Asian includes reflexology, and neuromuscular includes such techniques as positional release, strain counterstrain and stretching. But where is craniosacral therapy and other light touch modalities?
Asian Bodywork It is my opinion that Thai massage is the most complete massage practiced today. I have been licensed to do massage since 1984. Like most therapist when new in the profession I was eager to take as many classes as I could in various modalities. That is why I am able to give my opinion without hesitation. You can observe how other modalities have evolved out of Asian bodywork by looking at any massage magazine. For example ads demonstrating Myopathy, neuromuscular therapy or myofacia release; if you didn't know better appear to be doing the 2,500 year old Thai massage. It is here to stay because it has been time tested.
All of the Above One modality or technique is never enough to release, activate or even reduce the underlying tissue. All play a role in the care of every client whether the therapist or client want to believe it or not. It is this therapist opinion that all techniques from MLD to NMT to TCM are needed to help your client reach optimum health.
Other I use acupressure and "Chua Ka". Chua Ka is a massage method that is primarily self-administered, with a goal to clean the karma in a systematic way thoughout the body. (Oscar Ichazo, Arica Institute)
I have designed "The 15-Minute StressOut Program", a chair massage program, that has clearly established "Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Safe, Skillful, & Appproprite Touch" that has been widely introduced and accepted in industry, military, university, health, mental health, eduation, public and private organizations.
Please visit our research article or reviews using this intervention to help improve the quality of life, health, and relationships for individuals, couples, groups, and communities. Several massage therapists and massage schools in our area also use this program to build community support and introduce health education for advancing the use of touch for healing, for stress management, and for primary prevention. http://pages.zdnet.com/jerryvest/
Myofascial Release (MFR) Most of my work is scripted, and usually the patient's have suffered a long time before they get to me. I find MFR the best for this type of work, it also makes NMT and other modalities much more effective. I'm getting people off script in aboiut half the time it took me a couple of years ago. Some other therapsts have commented that this costs them money, but it's that type of thinking that will take us right out of the medical work. I am certfied in NMt, have taken postional release, flexability, sports massage, but I can't wait until my next MFR class.
Other combined several courses into own - deep tissue, trigger point, cst, fascia release, along with swedish ....
Swedish i use mostly swedish but i throw in some deep tissue and trigger point in all my massages if the client can handle it!
Other I hope I am like other MTs, in that I use all of the modalities I've learned in an intuitive way, according to what works best for a given client in a given session. I primarily use NMT and CST, but also include bits and pieces from other modalities. All of these are ill-defined as I am working, because I find it all flows together, and the labels given are not important, and often superfluous. Every educator in this profession wants to stick their money-making trademark name on a technique, and frankly most of it is all the same, or at the very least, just another approach. The truest thing I've learned in eight years of this work, is that intention is the essence of facilitating the change you want to make with your hands, interest and attention is the manifestation.
Swedish I base my style on Swedish but every technique that I have
learned or worked out on my own is in there. Also while I follow
the same pattern time after time each session is different, My
personal interests stem from energy work so often a session will
contain a lot of energy but the moves I use will still be swedish
in nature. It's like the work is in 3 dimentions but surveys are in
Other With first time clients, especially if complaining about pain in specific areas, I encourage them, to have a Critz Release Technique balancing session. We may combine that with a Swedish massage for relaxation. I find by doing this, rather than digging in with trigger point/deep tissue, that the problem(s) are relieved, often correcting for an extensive length of time.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) I have found that Neuromuscular Therapy does
help the client Get Better, sooner.
Myofascial Release (MFR) I find myofascial release to be one of the most useful tools in my practice offering much relief to glued/restrictive tissue.
Myofascial Release (MFR) I use a very subtle myofascial release that I learned at Integrated Manual Therapy in Bloomfield, CT. I use it in combination with CST, SER, and when appropriate Classical Western massage. I find that the other modlites round it out, but it has never failed me.
Swedish I offer eclectic, which to me means a little bit of the best!! I use deep tissue according to the clients needs, and trigger points as needed. I use aromatherapy with every session to help the client with what ever problems they have. I also teach meditation to my clients and they just love it!! Thank you for having and offering this wonderful tool (MASSAGE TODAY) to all of us!!
Teri Grisler CMT
All of the Above I am curious as to how many taking the "all of the above" answer have sat in workshops outside of the introductions given by some massage schools in the other modalities.
I have had practitioners tell me they are doing a certain modality (as in Shiatsu) although the only training they have is 35 hours out of a curriculuum of 700 hours. That is hardly enough to claim they "do" Asian Bodywork or Shiatsu.
Swedish I also use a range of energy work that my clients insist on.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) working with your mind relaxed and sensory tracking, the persons energy, nmt can be a lever for great accomplishment without tremendeous pain. results may vary.breathing skills are by far the most effect enhancing steps. pelvic stabilization, and the use of bolsters, can greatley relieve low back pressure,this will ease movement internally and allow energy blockages to begin opening up. follow the medians to recover energy lost. and watch your own posture.
Other I use Esalen, Trager, accupressure, deep tissue. Whatever I feel the body is telling me.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) I incorporate NMT in with Swedish, per client's needs and what I feel (literally) is going on with the body. One client now likes his massage with no lotions or oils. He states the muscles get deeper work; more isolated work than with a lotion. Thank you. JC from PA
Other I use more of Russian Sports massage and Trigger Point Therapy than any other modality
Asian Bodywork I use primarily oriental bodywork to balance the energies of women during postpartum or menopause, and when having trouble conceiving. I use european when requested, for relaxation and for sports massage. I use a combination of oriental bodywork, european, reiki and reflexology for cancer care.
Swedish Swedish strokes provide the basic framework for my sessions, with elements of NMT, MLD, sports massage, Esalen and MFR worked in as needed.
All of the Above Every body I come in contact with is different. Each part of the body is different. We need to do away with 'cookie-cutter' massages and use what works best on a particular issue with the muscles. Therefore, a variety of modalities must be used.
Myofascial Release (MFR) It seems no matter what type of modalitiy I start with the clients body always requires MFR before I am through. Donna L. Savage CMT, CAP
Other Structural Realease Medical Deep Tissue.. you can check out the website... www.medicaldeeptissue.com it's brand new!! Email me with any questions..
Other Mainly, but not limited to Trager
Other Berrywork combined with MFR & NMT
Other Integrative Myoneural Therapy and Muscle Energy Technique
All of the Above I also use some Deep Tissue, Cranial-Sacral and Zero Balancing.