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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
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!
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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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