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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.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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.
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.
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.
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.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
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.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business 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."
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.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
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.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I hate beginning a column with an apology, but a short one seems warranted. Massage Today is designed to be an impartial industry forum, and it has been brought to my attention that it was beginning to appear as a partisan internal forum.In addition to the usual great information provided by our distinguished columnists, editorial space in the last two issues of Massage Today was devoted to topics/issues that, in my opinion, were misleading to readers. Even if factually correct, some of the statements made had a "spin" associated with them that I found problematic. It's easy to make excuses for how or why this happened - ever-present publishing deadlines; overenthusiastic staff; poor communication; etc., but I'd rather talk about actions than excuses. For the present, to avoid the perception of fanning flames, the publisher of Massage Today and I have agreed to limit comparisons between various associations' and other entities' benefits, policies, etc. I have also asked to have a future issue cover the recent article on choices in liability insurance in greater depth. I did not have an opportunity to see the article before the press deadline, and found that the "apples to oranges" comparisons left out important information needed to make such important choices. I hope no one made any changes in their coverage based upon that article. It is my intent to correct that error.
In the very first issue of Massage Today, I said, "I'm hoping to enable Massage Today to become a bridge empowering all our perspectives and a tool we can all use to meet our personal, professional and business goals." I want to stay on that track! If you find inequities or impartiality in Massage Today reporting of news, please call us to task.
We now return to the editor's column, already in progress...
In the past several years, I've gotten "ho-hum" about many things in the world of massage therapy and bodywork. I thought I'd seen it all. This "there's nothing new under the sun" attitude prevailed as the same products and techniques were named, renamed and marched out before us; trumpets blaring as claims of 'new and improved" were rivaled only by soap and tooth paste manufacturers. But it only takes a stroll through the aisles of a conference or convention exhibit hall to reaffirm that there is substantial innovation in our field, if we take the time to look! I don't know about you, but I love attending conventions. If you're not a regular convention attendee, you might be surprised to know that you don't have to be a member of an association to take advantage of a convention. This issue of Massage Today has a story about the recent Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention (See "Good Times in Orlando at FSMTA Convention" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/08/03.html), and another story about the upcoming American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) national convention in Quebec City. (See "AMTA Heads to Quebec: 2001 Convention Preview" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/08/04.html.) We will soon have a story on the upcoming convention of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). In the past several years, I have attended national conventions all over the country; regional conventions in New England and the Midwest; state conventions in Florida, California and Texas; and the International Spa Association convention. Next year, I hope to attend Massage Magazine's Anatriptic Arts Expo, and the convention of the Canadian Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners. Did I mention that I love attending conventions?
Convention exhibit halls are the cores of these get-togethers. Vendors offer all kinds of products and services to enable massage therapists and bodyworkers to do their jobs better. This is where innovations are made available for trial and evaluation. In exhibit halls at the last several conventions, I have been amazed by smokeless candles, and also by candle replacements that glow with the warmth of a fireplace; by electric lift massage table that bend in the middle so that your client can rest in flexion or extension; and electric lift tables comprised of mini waterbeds, such that your client "floats" without need of bolstering; by continuing education conducted at sea on a cruise ship; and by continuing education about bioaquatic exploration and ocean therapy. I've also been pleased to see business software packages customized for our practices, and web page hosting and design offerings. Also useful are the many booths offering massage tools;, videos; music; apparel; oils; lotions and emollients; reference texts; and so much more. There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained just by walking the aisles of an exhibit hall.
Conventions are also a great place to get some top-notch education from nationally and internationally renowned presenters. It's the continuing education that many allow you to write the cost of convention attendance off on your income tax. (Please confer with your accountant or tax advisor!)
An association hosting a convention will frequently have business meetings and/or elections held in conjunction with the event. If you have an interest in associations and how they work, you should stick your nose into some of those meetings to see how decisions are made that might affect you or your practice.
For me, the best thing about attending conventions is the opportunity to socialize with my peers. I love catching up with old friends from distant locations, and meeting new ones because of shared experiences. As massage therapists and bodyworkers, we have extensive interaction with our clients, but little with our peers. As example, I work with five other massage therapists in a clinic; four of us are present during any workday. There have been many days when I have heard the others in the hallway or in their treatment rooms, but never actually saw or spoke to anyone other than my clients. Bumping into a co-worker at the sink while washing my hands is as in-depth as most encounters go! Conventions allow me to have quality conversations with many others who share my business problems and successes, and have many of the same goals. It's quite empowering. We massage therapists and bodyworkers are a diverse lot, but conventions allow us to join together -- to learn, to experience, to bond and to laugh. I hope I see you at one soon!
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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