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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
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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