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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
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By Editorial Staff
How to Reach Massage Today's Goals
I was excited to see my first issue of Massage Today, and was equally excited by your goals: forming coalitions between diverse practitioners; sharing these diverse perspectives; overcoming public misinformation and mistrust due to lack of knowledge: and taking those steps to becoming accepted by the public at large as worthy somatic problem-solvers.However, I fear that your publication will fail to achieve these goals, as all other massage publications that I've seen have failed, until you are willing to do what they have not done: acquire the traits of a professional organization worthy of public trust and respect.
And what are those traits? Self-criticism. Internal debate. The demand for objective definitions of new terms. Incorporating new theories into the body of current knowledge. Challenging new theories to prove themselves with something other than anecdotes, testimonials, and idle theorizing. This is what is lacking in much of massage therapy literature, and in the alternative medicine movement in general. It is this lack that causes us to remain on the outside of the mainstream looking in. When we say things like "look at the ... emotional and spiritual relationship to the headache," or "the energies of our bodies mix and integrate when we consciously intend it to happen" (two examples I pulled from your first edition), the average person out there looks at us like we are nuts. And they do so for good reason, because the first statement appears nonsensical, and the second preposterous. Are they? How do we know? Where is the evidence? Where is the critical scrutiny? Where are the controlled studies?
The word to describe what I'm calling for from the massage industry is "science," and it isn't a dirty word. It also is not some guy with a lot of diplomas on the walls telling us what is and is not true. It is a method of testing our theories, a way of keeping us from fooling ourselves. It also appears completely absent from massage literature. (The "Power of Touch" study in your January issue is moving in the right direction, but alas, there were no controls, so the results proves nothing.) Nowhere do I see theories challenged and debated, much less refuted. Has anyone reading these words ever seen, in any massage publication, an article explaining why a popular massage theory is untrue? (Want an easy target? How about ear-candling, where it is simple to prove that the wax that appears in the tube comes from the burning of the tube, not the ear) All I see is everything touted as if it were self-evidently true and wonderful, and how mean and nasty the mainstream world is to reject it. Are we saying we never make mistakes?
The mainstream isn't mean and nasty, nor is it rejecting what many of us have to say because it is ignorant. What they see is that we as an industry are more fond of touting theories than we are of making sure they are true. If we want to be trusted and respected by the public as professionals more interested in their health than we are in turning a buck, than we need to show the possibility that we are in error, through repeatable, controlled, scientific testing. Nothing short of that will suffice.
"I personally found the content about 50-50."
I received my first issue of Massage Today and would like to congratulate you and your staff on what must have been a Herculean effort. I am certain that producing such a well-done publication took a tremendous amount of work and deserves high praise indeed.
I personally found the content about 50-50: Fifty percent pleased and excited, and about 50 percent absolutely furious. Given my reputation as somewhat of a curmudgeon (Christmas was about 75-25) this is really pretty high praise. A few things I would like to praise:
Regardless of your opinion on the product, (I like it) it has been very well marketed and I see it everywhere.
When my clients get off the table, the last thing on their mind is what is hanging on my wall. If they feel better, then they will be back; if they do not feel better, then they will go somewhere else whether I have complied with the government interference or not. One of your advertisers is an excellent example. They offer a distance learning program that looks wonderful, I can order the course, learn the material, become proficient in the technique, and probably do my clients a lot of good. But if I want the CEU's and diploma, that will be an extra 90 dollars. This is extortion by the government, not the advertiser. I am certain that government interference in the advertisers business has made this necessary. So why is it that we need more government interference?
I have a lot more to say on these subjects, but this letter probably already puts me on the lunatic fringe with you and your staff. Maybe I'll submit an article if this gets published.
Bret H. Burlock RMT, Reiki Master
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