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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
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.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
"Touching the Massage Today readers one letter at a time"
By Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
I was originally licensed to practice massage in Washington state. My husband and I moved to Florida upon his retirement from the Navy.I eventually was able to obtain my Florida license. Shortly after that, my husband was killed. Being new to the area, and in shock over my husband's death, I only practiced minimally, then returned to the university in 1999 to obtain a degree in elementary education.
I was given erroneous directions to a required ethics class in Gainesville and arrived late. Between juggling two teenagers, classes and a long commute, I let my license lapse that year. The teenagers moved on, and I graduated with my elementary education degree. I would like to get my massage license again. Do you know what I need to do?
-- Paulen from Florida
I moved to Maine three years ago to attend school for massage, and have since opened a small but successful practice. My question concerns the prices of continuing education classes I see offered in the major massage publications I receive. I think the classes cost too much and are too far away. I fear I am not going to be able to get the CEU credits required to keep my national certification. I have taken a class at the local massage school, earning only 12 credits, and have signed up for other classes in the state offered by various massage schools, only to have them call and refund my money for lack of interested students and other therapists.
I do send away for information on out-of-state workshops coming up in the future; the cost runs anywhere from $175-$700+, not including travel costs. How does one do it? I treat my clients with various techniques, finding NMT to be the most popular, along with trigger points, Swedish, MFR and polarity. I feel that I give a fine treatment, but also find I get bored. I do not want to bore my clients or myself, although they are happy with the work I do.
Do you have any suggestions that could help improve my situation? I am certain there are more massage therapists experiencing the same problems I am. I will be traveling to NH for a class in October, and hope it will not be canceled. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
The other question I have is: Why and how can they charge $700+ for a workshop that only lasts a weekend and gives less than 20 CEU credits?
Thank you for your time and efforts.
-- Danielle from Maine
I am a CMT from Maryland, and am trying to get more involved in corporate massage. I have done corporate massage for the past year, part-time; however, the corporation I worked for is no longer in business. I have made brochures and sent them out to surrounding area businesses to try to get more clients, but have not received any kind of response. My question is, how do you go about getting clients for corporate massage, and what is the going rate for corporate massage?
-- Missy from Maryland
If you have a question on the massage profession for DearLyndaLMT, e-mail them to her at: or write her at:
Lynda Solien-Wolfe is Vice President, Massage and Spa at Performance Health. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been in private practice in Merritt Island, Florida for more than 20 years. Lynda graduated from Space Coast Health Institute in West Melbourne, FL.
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