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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
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
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