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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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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