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Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
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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