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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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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