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D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part I
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Coronary heart disease, in just the United States alone, costs close to 109 billion dollars a year.
"Doctor ... Always Do the Right Thing"
So says "Da Mayor" in the iconic Spike Lee movie. As a fresh grad questioning in-network versus out-of-network, it struck me that some doctors have explicitly skirted the issue, while others have argued adamantly for the latter and "sticking it to the man."
The Importance of Knowing Mainstream Lingo
There is a secret lingo within mainstream medicine of which the vast majority of acupuncturists and Chinese medical professionals are unaware.
Replenishing and Restoring Jing
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
CRREW Rallies for Ongoing Acupuncture Relief Effort in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made her way through the Philippine Islands, leaving in her wake at least 7,000 people dead, millions homeless and complete communities destroyed.
Deciphering the New CMS-1500 Claim Form
Q: I am confused about how and when to use the new 1500 form, particularly block 14 and block 15. What is required and how do I properly fill out these fields? And do I actually have to use this new form or may I continue using the old version?
News In Brief
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine obtains grant funding from NIH; Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Announces New President; Kentucky Gets Licensed; PCOM Receives Approval from WASC to Offer FPD.
Medial Knee Pain: 11 Potential Causes (and Corrections)
We have all seen patients with medial knee pain that either has no traumatic origin or lasts well beyond when it should be resolved. How can we help these patients? Here is an overview of clinical scenarios and how we can provide conservative care.
The Search for the Origin of the Wiggle Technique
When Bob had adjusted me previously, most of the time I knew what he was doing. But this time, he had me lie on the treatment table in the usual side-posture position, and he "wiggled" my sacroiliac with the fingers of both hands, while stabilizing my pelvis with his forearm.
Wellness: A New Buzzword at the Aging in America Conference
Aging in America is "the nation's largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals in healthcare, social service, government, business and philanthropy with expertise in providing services and products for older adults."
Home Sweet Medical Home
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received its fair share of praise and criticism since its adoption, few question the value of its emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered health care.
Low Melatonin Linked to Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest the hormone melatonin, which plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, may play a role in the development of prostate cancer, as lower melatonin levels have been associated with an increased risk of prostate (and breast) cancer.
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in texts that are nearly 2000 years old.
The Boston Benevolent Chiropractic Clinic: Standing Up for the Needy
Our chiropractic assistant, Bridget, greeted an arriving patient at the Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston. She said, "Hi, Michael, good to see you. It's been awhile. Have a seat and Dr. Ken will see you soon."
Shared Mechanisms Between Computer-Assisted Mechanical Adjusting and Contemporary Acupuncture?
Can contemporary acupuncture provide clues to the mechanisms responsible for pain relief provided by computer-assisted mechanical adjusting instruments, and clarify whether certain mechanical frequency combinations are superior to others for modulation of acute peripheral pain?
Vibrational Medicine: Frequency Micro-Current and Color Acupuncture
Vibrational medicine involves the application of various forms of energy frequencies to the body for pain relief, healing and rejuvenation. Vibrational medicine will become a major growing trend in our medical systems for the following reasons:
Halt Allergies With Moxibustion Therapy
An allergy is an immune system disorder in which the body is hypersensitive to normally harmless substances in the environment.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Imagine What More Could Be Achieved With Your Support; A Lesson in Hygiene: What Do You Do in Your Office? Open Letter to the Profession.
Don't Trust What Your Patients Say
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc. They are often not interested or engaged in what they consider "unrelated" personal health history.
Working With The Yuan-Source Level: Resonance and the Extraordinary Vessels
How do we stay fresh with our medicine? As healers, how do we balance our medical selves with creative artistry? Chinese Medicine is not a fixed dogmatic entity, but a living system, reliant on a mysterious force called "resonance."
Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner
From the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine comes a study that gives excellent direction to employers (and insurers) regarding the management of low back problems (LBP).
New Leadership Era at the WFC
The World Federation of Chiropractic recently announced not only a new president, as is customary every two years, but also an incoming secretary-general, marking the first time since the WFC's inception in 1988 that someone other than David Chapman-Smith, Esq., will serve in that capacity.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
What's in a Name?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
As I write this on a Saturday morning in March, I imagine most of you are enjoying the approach of spring. Here in New Hampshire, I gaze out the window and see snow flurries drifting through the light filtering through the gray skies.The weather report is calling for the worst storm of the year with possibilities of up to three feet of snow before it's over. So much for spring! I guess I'll rejuvenate later!
So how is Massage Today doing so far? Most of the letters and e-mail I am receiving are positive. Due to volume, I am unable to respond individually to most of your communications, but I do want you to know that almost everything you send me is considered for inclusion in the publication's "We Get Letters and E-mail" section. Please don't stop communicating our thoughts and ideas if your initial communication wasn't acknowledged or published!
One complaint that I hear more often than I like is that you all aren't getting your monthly copy of Massage Today. I want every massage therapists to be able to get the benefits of this publication. If you know of colleagues who we seem to be missing, please send an e-mail to our circulation desk with name and mailing address (be sure to specify Massage Today!). The address of the circulation desk is: . Changes of address can also be handled this way!
I have also received some interesting mail about the differences between "massage" and "bodywork." Thus the title of this month's editorial, "What's in a Name?" I'm fascinated that so many of us have so many different definitions, and resent others who define terms differently than we ourselves do. I received one e-mail from a practitioner who resented being called a massage therapist because she was exclusively practicing energy work and preferred to be called a bodyworker. She said massage therapy assumed "fixing something" instead of just looking out for a person's well being as she did in her practice.
Another person wrote that he was surprised to see a column on pathologies in a massage therapy publication because massage therapy couldn't be used to treat medically necessary conditions. He stated that "Medical Massage" was just another term for bodywork, and that only bodyworkers should be included in discussions of pathologies. Could two people have more diverse definitions of bodywork? And these definitions don't even begin to address the Asian bodywork world. I'm going to suggest that most of us are very aware that there are differences in the techniques and methodologies of this field. structural integration, reiki and shiatsu are very different things, but depending on where you live, they might all be regulated as massage therapy. Massage Today strives to serve all of the practitioners of structured touch. To that end we will honor the definitions of all. When reading the thoughts of Massage Today contributors please keep in mind that someone might be defining a term differently that you do. In many cases we say the same things with different words.
We do however have a responsibility to be accurate when using service or trademarked terms such as Feldenkrais, Trager, etc. The associations and institutions that hold claim to legally protected terms have spent significant time and money in promotion of the terms for the benefit of their members and the public, and take protection of the terms seriously. We should, too. I recently spoke with an individual who said she was seeing a local Rolfer with whom I wasn't familiar. Upon checking I found that the "Rolfer" had attended four weekends of structural integration continuing education. Acquaintances of mine who are Rolfers get justifiably hot under the collar when they hear stories like this.
Even when not dealing with trademarked terms, one of the great difficulties in efforts to establish standards is defining our terms. If more than two of us are in the same room at the same time we can't agree on what "high standards" means, let alone turf threatening terms like massage and bodywork.
So let's lighten up on one another. When speaking let's say what we mean, remembering that others may draw different conclusions from our statements than we intended. Let's not stop sharing ideas because of these different definitions. I happen to personally feel that standards are desirable and important to our field. I see more growth in touch therapies from consumer, regulator and practitioner agreement on standards. I see more people with robust practices now than ever before, and I also see practitioners just entering the field building sustainable practices quicker than they used to. Honoring one another by enjoying our similarities as opposed to our differences can go a long way to keep increasing growth and acceptance in a slowing economy.
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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