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The Need for Standards
ISO-TC-249: You may look at these letters and numbers and wonder what they are and what they might mean. They turn into: International Standards Organization- Technical Committee – 249. There is a global organization called The International Organization for Standardization.
One of the most common trends to see in clinical medical practice and public health is the cycles of health "buzzwords." These come and go depending upon the current cultural zeitgeist. One year, "parasites" are causing all the issues, and the next year it's "candida."
Discovery: Finding Insights and Each Other in Different Disciplines
Recently I've been thinking about all sorts of things which are hidden from our daily direct experience. That general category is what links nearly everything that catches my attention and then demands some kind of investigation.
A Whole-Body Approach to Chronic Tension Headaches
Nearly every day in our practices, we see patients with chronic headaches that have not responded to traditional treatment. They present in our offices with a feeble hope that "maybe" a chiropractor can help.
In This Current Age of Anxiety
Anxiety, also referred to angst or hysteria, goes by many names. One, popularized by the sagacious Zhang Zhong Jing, who many practitioners of Chinese Medicine may be familiar with, is known as Restless Zang/Fu disorder.
Distal Style Treatment of Neurogenic Pain
Treat locally or distally? This question has frequented my thoughts for the treatment of pain throughout my acupuncture career. Each style has strengths and weaknesses, thus the versatile practitioner would do well to forgo dogmatic adherence to any one style in deference to the needs of the individual patient.
Understanding Levels of Evidence
The concept of levels of evidence is a cornerstone of research literacy and a great starting point for understanding basic principles of how research works.
Low Fat vs. Low Carb & the Power of Protein
A science-based website recently posted a nice summary of 23 randomized, controlled trials from peer-reviewed journals pitting low-carb diets against low-fat diets.
Living Well: Lessons From Our Oldest Old
Aging is a significant public health problem, important to chiropractors in practice and important to DCs who teach students training to become chiropractors.
Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or it can be a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area, while not sacrificing the quality of patient interaction, can be a little tricky. However, with some focused effort and intention, your front desk can keep your practice running smoothly.
With Low-Back Pain, Sometimes Little Things Matter
Typical treatments for low back pain involve large muscles like the quadratus lumborum, iliopsoas, and piriformis. However, there are situations when a very small muscle, the multifidus, can play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of low back muscular or spinal injury.
Constructing Our Reality, Part 2
My last article discussed perception and its relationship to the primary channels. Before we get to the channels most commonly used to treat sensory disturbances, the small intestine and triple heater, we should first talk about the bladder channel.
Prostate Cancer Risk
A large study published in January 2016 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that men who are vegans had a 35% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to non-vegan men. The study followed more than 26,346 men who are part of the Adventists Health Study-2.
Parker University Embraces New Era
Change is in the air at Parker University, which recently announced the selection of both a new president and a new consultant for its seminar program.
Sleepless nights, anxiety, mood swings, euphoric energy bursts, obsessive thinking, and a strange feeling in his chest. That is what Matt was experiencing when he first entered my practice. Rather than being concerned, he was loving every minute of it.
Transforming Las Vegas
On a warm spring day in Las Vegas, Sonia Kim, clinic front desk staff, is busy preparing for a full day of intern shifts at Wongu Health Center. She greets patients, makes sure documents are properly signed, and lets the interns know that their patients have arrived.
Hip Flexor Contractures & LBP in Above-the-Knee Amputations
Patients with above-the-knee amputations (AK or AKA) are particularly prone to developing hip flexor contractures. Not to be confused with muscle tightness, contractures are a permanent shortening of tissues which cause deformity or distortion.
News in Brief
NYCC Aggregates Degree Programs in New School; Palmer Chancellor Receives Education Award From ICA; Oklahaven Announces "Have a Heart" Winners.
Holistic Skin Care and Modern Technology
Anti-aging is a concept that we hear in reference to skin rejuvenation and growing older on a daily basis. Aging begins as soon as we are born; therefore "pro-aging" is embracing all stages of life gracefully, with vitality, wisdom, joy, and gratitude as the goal.
Building Bridges with Discipline
As practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, our role is to educate patients and medical practitioners about the various safety aspects of our medicine. Medical doctors that embrace Chinese medicine want to collaborate and include Chinese herbal medicine in more aspects of clinical care to support their patients.
Finger (Pad) Pointing: Repetitive-Use Injury Waiting to Happen
"My wrist and hand hurt. I spend all day working on computers and then I come home and spend more time on a computer, usually playing video games."
Keeping Malpractice Allegations at Bay
It has been suggested that in the litigious environment in which we live, the practice of chiropractic should be defensive and practitioners should constantly be watching their backs. An element of defensive practice is a good idea.
Billing One-on-One, Direct Patient Contact
This is often misunderstood and leads to trepidation when documenting and subsequently billing timed services.
A Different Way of Looking at It
The way you and your chiropractic colleagues access information has changed over the past decade. According to a recent survey conducted by Dynamic Chiropractic, almost half (48 percent) of DCs read online articles on their personal computer or laptop daily.
How to Reach Your World With the Chiropractic Message
My latest effort to share chiropractic occurred in mid-May while I was sitting at an introductory parent information night for high schoolers. The IT instructor informed us that each student would be receiving a computer for all their studies.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Welcome to the premier issue of Massage Today! I couldn't be more excited at being selected as editor! I naturally love new things, but the opportunity to be part of a new publication destined to have a profound impact on our profession is heady stuff indeed! As you will see in the coming years, Massage Today is really your publication.You'll find it addresses the diverse needs of the eclectic mix of issues that impact massage therapists.
You will find an impressive list of contributing columnists in Massage Today. We have tried to introduce as many as possible to you in this first issue. Any who do not make this issue will be featured in next month's edition. Several of the columnists will appear in each monthly issue of Massage Today, while others will appear bimonthly or quarterly. You will also have the benefit of many individuals who will be contributing single articles on diverse topics of interest.
From May 1998 to May 2000, I had the privilege and pleasure to serve the massage field as chairman of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. In that capacity I traveled fairly extensively to many venues involving the greater massage and bodywork community. I found out just how diverse a universe we who practice skilled touch really are! We are concerned simultaneously with issues that are both synergistic and contradictory! We are about:
The dichotomy goes on and on. We are not a single voice, but a Venn diagram of endlessly overlapping circles.
Our diversity is a wonderful thing for the populations we serve. They benefit greatly from our varied thought processes, techniques and backgrounds. The inverse of that "coin," though, is that diversity can also take the form of factions. Factions may imply an "us vs. them" philosophy where one faction attempts to impose its will on another. My life experiences have taught me that compromise and coalition usually accomplish more than the imposition of will.
Massage Today will evolve into a resource enabling us to metamorphose our factions into diverse elements through education and knowledge. To that end, we have brought together a collection of leaders (and aspiring leaders!) in our field to report to us their unique perspectives and points of view. These columnists (and provocateurs!) represent some of the best and brightest in the massage and bodywork community. It is my sincere hope that the facts we garner from our contributors will overcome public misinformation and the mistrust that stems from lack of knowledge. I'm hoping to enable Massage Today to become a bridge empowering all our perspectives and a tool we can all use to meet our personal, professional and business goals.
My own vision of the massage therapy field is that it will continue to expand in breadth and depth. Massage therapy will become not only more firmly entrenched in clinical and hospital-based health care, but also more skilled in the special techniques and concerns of the spa industry. I see a need for only a few small steps before the public at large sees massage therapists as worthy somatic problem-solvers. I see Massage Today as aiding this vision by making us more informed with timely news on important issues. It will allow us to become politically aware without necessarily becoming politically active. I will strive to enable it to transcend the animosities sometimes seen between various schools, associations, modalities and experience levels, and will invite and encourage the sharing of divergent perspectives.
Whether we are practicing with a doctorate degree, thousands of hours of education and more credentials than can easily fit on several lines of text, or practicing with a high-school diploma and several weekends of hands-on mentoring, we all need and have a professional obligation to improve our skills and capabilities. Massage Today is a publication designed to help us all do just that. Thank you for reading, and I anxiously await your feedback!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue of Massage Today. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to , or by regular mail to the address listed below:
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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