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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
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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