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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.
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 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.
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.
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?!"
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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 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.
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.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poll Results for the following Question:
What would you like your massage association to focus on in 2005?
Total Respondents: 401
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors to this Web site.
Improving association benefits it would be nice to have a quality health care program through the organization for us
Massage education standards
we need to concentrate on all of these items, but until we make one set standard for massage education we will not be a major adjunt to the medical community. We have a numerous amount of well trained therapist that are working in medical community and like myself are often asked about training and what degrees or certifactions we have. So I truly feel without education standards we will not be recognized by most professions. In most states it takes atleast 1500 hours to just cut and style hair.
and the average hours for massage training is 250 to 500 hour.
Marvin Joiner BS,RMT
Other Creating a Nationwide Peer Supervision Group Network through which we can build a community of peers who come together knowing we all want the same thing - to facilitate healing using touch or energy.
Consumer awareness/education campaigns
There are several things I would like to see happen.
1. A retirement paln MTs couls contribute to like TIA-Cref
2. A national commercial about massage-a few years ago, there was a commercial about an ambulance rider who gets off of the truck and says I can't wait to go home and take "some Kind of aspirin". Why can't we do a commercial and the actor can't wait to go home and call their massage therapist? I think this would have a huge impact.
Promoting professional unity I would like to see more unity and also Health benefits for Therapist. A plan that one can afford, we are a large group isn't there a way for a Ins. co. to give us a plan? Maybe the organizations can pick one up? I know alot of therapist that need benefits and have to pick up work elsewhere in order to have them, whether it is working for a Doc. or just another job. Please let me know your thoughts
Consumer awareness/education campaigns The more the public is aware of the benefits of massage, the more our profession will grow and prosper.
I am listed under Holistic Practitioners as a "Medical Manual Therapist" in the Grand Rapids, MI Yellow Pages and I still get prostitution calls. I do medical massage. I thought NOT listing under Massage Therapists would stop that but it hasn't. The problem of prostitutes hiding under the guise of massage is rampant in this state. We're going to have to resort to in parentheses (absolutely no prostitution calls)under our business names.!
Massage education standards Although I checked Massage Ed Standards, I would have checked all the above. Keep up the great work. I look forward to each issue. Maggi,CMT
Massage education standards Standards for coursework as wellas, qualified, experienced teachers are reaching a critical stage...The growth in our industry is exploding and schools are lacking solid educators...some schools choose to hire recent graduates just to fill the void.. I have seen this first hand and it greatly changes the students experience in the classroom...I am afraid we are currently seeing a vast down turn in the skill levels of graduates...
Other I would like to see my local AMTA chapter focus on state licensing requirements, currently there is no state license.
All of the above!
National licensure/regulation We have way to long not been unified. Calif. where I live and practice has in no way made it easy due to not having regulation state wide. Each state does it's own regulations and make it very hard to move state to state. Other careers do not have this issue and we are over due to have some professional standards.I feel this shows that we must have national regulation to keep us protected and create an invironment where our careers are taken serious.
Thank you for considering my feed back.
Improving association benefits National licensure and regulation would be a major benefit, and so would health insurance benefits.
Consumer awareness/education campaigns There are so many people that if they knew of the benefits of massage, they may be more apt to integrate it into their lifestyle. Plus, with all the negative stigmas attached to "massage," hesitation is common. This makes pushing massage as a necessity rather than an occasional luxury even more challenging.
Aimee B., Massage Therapist
Massage education standards As a massage Instructor, my main focus is to give students an excellent education. The education requirements are too broad, and many MT's are getting licenses that should NOT be in practice.
Schools should have a solid curriculum, experienced teachers, an excellent owner/admin that understands the requirements needed to be a professional.
I also think the Nationals are a bunch of BUNK. The school I went to and state I practice in, had a tougher more thourogh testing procedure. Also the Nationals dont offer anything but a piece of paper for $225! If all states saw the Nationals as a standard I would be more inclined to promote them, but at this point, there is nothing that seems a benefit.
Medical community awareness/education campaigns EDUCATING DRS AND INSURANCE COMPAMIES TO PRESCRIPE MASSAGE FOR CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERS IT IS A MUST
Massage education standards National standardized requirements for MT's is the most imporant issue for me. In looking at the different states and requirements,I discovered they are as different as night & day; one state needs 250 hours while another requires 1500 hours or 7 years plus a required number of hours within the 7 years to be able to practice if you're an out-of-state trained MT. On the surface it looks very dis-organized. I'm also very interested in working with the medical community,learning hospital protocol and the MT's place in that environment.
National licensure/regulation there is a great need for a unified regulation across the country for certifiction of therapists.
each state should havea common ground of regulation to follow.
not a hogepoge of do whatever feels good,here you read a book now you can hang a shingle...
National licensure/regulation I am working on becoming a massage therapist and i really want to know what is on the national exam so then i have at least a little head start