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Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
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, etc.
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.
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.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
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.
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."
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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.
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.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
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.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
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.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
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!
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.
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.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
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.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
Who Owns Your Name? U.S. District Court to Decide
A Word from the Publisher of Massage Today
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Massage Today was created with three goals in mind:
Every issue of Massage Today reflects our efforts to fulfill the first two goals. In this issue, you will note the establishment of the MassageLocator referral directory on MassageToday.com (please see "Your Practice on the Web - Free!" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/05.html), and an article about a television program that is featuring our website (please see "MassageToday.com Featured on National Television Series" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/01.html). These are just the beginning of our efforts to fulfill our third goal.
Unfortunately, not every one in the profession wants unity. This was made apparent by a recent action by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). The AMTA seems to believe that it can control whether its members are included in our MassageLocator referral directory, and even if its members can receive Massage Today. And to prove it, the AMTA has filed a lawsuit to enforce its belief. (Please see "AMTA Sues to Prevent Members from Receiving Free Benefits" on the front page of this issue.)
Massage Today doesn't agree. We believe that you are the only one who should decide what you receive and which referral directories you are listed on. If, for some reason, you don't want to receive Massage Today or be listed on the MassageLocator, that is your choice and no one else's. You can simply tell us, and your request will be respected.
The importance of receiving Massage Today is that it is an open forum solely for the profession. (Massage Today is not sold or offered to the public on magazine racks.) This open forum allows everyone in the massage therapy profession to have a voice in discussing important issue privately, away from public scrutiny. Open discussion helps create better understanding and better relationships. These in turn foster cooperation and potentially unity.
The massage therapy profession is badly splintered. By most estimates, the AMTA includes less than one-quarter of the profession in its membership. There needs to be at least one place where everyone can come together without the barriers inherent in membership. By being inclusive, Massage Today hopes to provide the pages and environment that will foster open discussion, understanding and cooperation.
The AMTA's lawsuit is without merit and will eventually be dismissed. In the mean time, there are several things you can do:
For more information, please see "AMTA Sues to Prevent Members from Receiving Free Benefits" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/04.html.
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