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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.
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.)
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 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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
Great Times in Orlando at FSMTA 2001 Convention
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) held its 2001 convention and trade show July 5-8 in Orlando, Florida. This annual event has become one of the premier massage and bodywork assemblies in the nation, and this year's record attendance underscored that fact.Counting exhibitors, trade-show-only guests, and convention registrants, more than 1,300 individuals enjoyed the opportunity to obtain CEUs, meet with vendors, suppliers and peers, and have a great time together!
Orlando in July is hot and humid, but very few of the convention attendees seemed to mind. The convention opened with a well-attended welcoming dinner, followed by the keynote speaker (and Massage Today columnist) Steve Capellini. Steve spoke to the audience about "The Spa Convergence," outlining the evolving relationship between the medical and spa communities. (Editor's note: a complete transcript of Steve's presentation can be found on line at www.royaltreatment.com.)
The educational offerings were vast, allowing up to 18 CEUs to attendees. Nationally known presenters such as Roy Desjarlais, Erik Dalton, Judith DeLany and others taught a wide array of topics covering the breadth of massage therapy and bodywork. In addition to the more standard offerings such as "NMT on Forearms/Hands," "Success in Your Practice," and "Techniques for Neck Pain," a number of unique educational opportunities were available. I particularly noted Ben Dillard's "Humor in Health," Lee Chaffee's "Russian Chair Massage" (you must try this chair massage routine, it's terrific!), and Mya Bremen's fascinating "Equine CranioSacral Therapy," featuring live, outdoor demonstrations on horses!
Eighty-nine different exhibitors made up the trade show, providing one-stop shopping for any massage or bodywork-related item one could imagine.
The FSMTA officers and staff did a marvelous job in putting this convention together. Florida offers tremendous opportunities for the practice of massage and bodywork, and has more than 17,000 practitioners working at any given time in the state. I can't understand why any Florida therapist wouldn't make it a priority to attend this valuable convention. For those of us who reside outside of Florida, I think serious consideration should be given to a summer vacation in Florida - especially considering the substantial tax write-off for convention attendance!
Information about future FSMTA conventions can be found at www.fsmta.org.
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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