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Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
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.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
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.
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.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
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.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
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.
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.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
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.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
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.
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 Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How did you celebrate Massage Therapy (MT) Awareness Week?
Offered free/discounted treatments
Total Respondents: 166
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors to this Web site.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week I missed this-when is massage therapy week because I would like to do something with it.
Other So sorry, did not know!
Was it in Massage Today?.
Something I, missed.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week Im aware that there is Massage Therapy Awareness Week, but the dates were not clearly defined.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week I guess I didnt notice this event this year, sorry
I did not celebrate MT awareness week Even though I am a therapist was not aware that it was Massage Therapy Awareness Week...as I am sure most Americans also did not know. Where would I have seen this if I was not apart of the Massage Today info group? Therefore, where would the majority of people found out about it? We, therapists, are really poor in telling about what we do! This wonderful way of treating problems will remain in the dark until we, all therapists, open our mouths and make it happen.
Don M. Williams RMT, MI
I work another job during the day - I am a paralegal at a law firm. I volunteered my lunch hour everyday that week and gave 10-12 min. chair massages to anyone in the office that wanted one (we have 50 people in our office). Their payment for the massage was 2 non-perishable items which we subsequently donated to Safe Harbor - an organization for abused women and children.
I e-mailed ABMP (in a similar way as this) and they actually mentioned me in "Different Strokes". :)
Rita LeBlanc, CMT
Other Our Staff of Massage Therapist held a meeting. We concurred that we have been undercharging for our services and have decided to raise our rates by 15%. Several of our staff are former PT's, OT's and nurses. We agreed that inclusion in the medical market establishment, HMO's, PPO's and insurance industry given our personal experience, would negatively affect our future earning potential.
Other I ate Turkey.
Raised my rates and an ale mate!
Offered free/discounted treatments Both the offices I work at offered discounted services. The office manager at the smaller office had everything planned in advance and had been advertising in their newsletter. The second (larger) office would not have done anything if one of the therapists had not mentioned the upcoming event. The office manager at the larger office was embarrassed and noted it and several other events on the 2005 calendar so they wouldn't be caught off-guard again.
Offered free/discounted treatments The association that I founded Health and Fitness ICU worked with a local massage therapy school and provided over 300 free massages for the Northwest Detroit comminity.
I did not celebrate MT awareness week I did not know that it was MT awareness week. :(
I did not celebrate MT awareness week totally forgot about it! :-
Other Unfortunately, being new to massage (currently in school at CSMT in Chicago), I didn't know the week's importance. After reading a number of articles at MT.com over the last week or so has, I am so glad I finally listened to my inner voice and decided to go into massage. There's so much we can give with so little effort. So, although I missed out on this year, I won't miss out next year or the year after or...