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TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Massage Therapy Makes Presence Felt at FCA National Convention
By Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
Editor's note: This article was co-authored by Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT, NCTMB, and Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB, both members of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA).Lynda is FSMTA/FCA liaison, and chair of the FSMTA professional relations committee; Michael is first vice president of the FSMTA and executive committee liaison to the professional relations/FCA committee.
The Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) National Convention, held in Orlando, Florida August 10-12, attracted an estimated 2,000 attendees -- including 150 massage therapists.
The theme of this year's convention was "Elements of Excellence!" Commenting on the presence of massage therapy at the convention, Debbie Minor Brown, CEO of the FCA, enthused:
Massage therapy was a visible presence throughout the convention, from the exposition hall to the classrooms. The expo floor had over 400 exhibitors on hand for the world's largest chiropractic show. Many of the booths had a massage focus to them: chairs with massagers built in, bodywork tables, and every imaginable type of hand-held massager.
One hundred and fifty massage therapists were registered for the convention, along with more than 1,800 chiropractors, chiropractic assistants and X-ray techs. In association with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), the FCA offered a 16-hour CEU massage program.
On Friday, David Malin of the Upledger Institute taught a class on visceral manipulation. On Saturday, George Kousaleous, owner of the Core Institute in Tallahassee, spoke on myofascial therapy for the low back. Sunday featured a full eight-hour day on advances in neuromuscular therapy by Dr. Rebecca Birch of the NMT center in St. Petersburg. An AIDS class was also offered to fill state requirements for both massage therapists and chiropractic physicians. Both Florida and National Certification credits were available for the classes.
On Thursday, Michael McGillicuddy and Lynda Solien-Wolfe participated as instructors at FCA's Right Start program for newly licensed doctors, familiarizing them with ethical considerations of hiring, working with and referring to licensed massage therapists. Over 100 DCs were in the room during their presentation. How to find a well-trained therapist and how to write and give massage referrals were among the issues raised by the new chiropractors.
Lynda Solien-Wolfe and Dr. Sheldon Hoxie authored a chapter in the FCA "Right Start Handbook" provided to all convention attendees. The chapter includes ways to work with massage therapists; how to find a massage therapist; what to include when writing a prescription/letter of referral to a massage therapist; and definitions of commonly used massage modalities.
Massage therapy vendors Golden Ratio Woodworks, Upledger Institute and Biofreeze donated prizes for the program. One lucky chiropractor walked away with a brand new massage chair. Lynda is the primary massage therapy instructor at all five FCA Right Start conferences, co-sponsored by massage supporter Performance Health, the makers of BioFreeze.
Under the supervision of the FSMTA public relations chair, Jose Fernandez, the FSMTA had a room where convention attendees could receive a chair massage. Five massage chairs were provided by Golden Ratio woodworks. The therapists were licensed members of the FSMTA. All registered chiropractors were offered one complimentary massage; others paid $10 for the service. Over 200 chair massages were given in the room during the convention.
On Friday night, Michael McGillicuddy and Lynda Solien-Wolfe represented the FSMTA, along with Tom Oakley, Maria Turk and Nancy Vail from the American Massage Therapy Association-Florida Chapter (AMTA-FL) at FCA's Political Reception. Many members of the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate were on hand to meet and greet the guests.
On Saturday night, massage therapist David Kent from Deltona, Florida was honored at the FCA Board of Directors reception. David received the association's Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) of the Year award. This award is given for a massage therapist who contributes to building professional relations between the chiropractic and massage therapy communities.
When nominations were requested for the 2001 FCA LMT of the Year award, the FCA received numerous letters from their members throughout the start recommending David. He has forged new ground in the massage therapy industry by developing gross anatomy seminars that are now taught throughout the United States. He strives for excellence at all times and is an active, hard working member of his profession.
David works with numerous chiropractors in his area; he is respected and well-known as a skilled therapist. Part of David's close working relationship with the chiropractic profession has included lecturing at various Florida Chiropractic Association activities. These were some of the reasons mentioned by FCA President Tim Johnson, DC during the awards presentation. This December, David will be a presenter at the FCA conference in Naples, Florida.
This is the fifth year the FCA has honored a massage therapist. Past recipients include: Deborah Karlan; Lynda Solien-Wolfe; Judy Walker Delany; and Michael McGillicuddy.
The relationship between the chiropractic and massage therapy communities in Florida can be credited to over a decade of efforts that began with the vision and hard work of Florida Massage Therapists and past FSMTA Officers Judith Walker Delany and Deborah Karlan.
"Massage therapy is an important and beneficial service, and the vast majority of our members either employ or actively refer to licensed therapists. The Florida Chiropractic Association has enjoyed outstanding cooperative relationships with state and national massage associations and certifying entities, including the FSMTA, AMTA-FL and National Certification Board Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and recognizes the value of massage in the maintenance and improvement of health," Mrs. Brown affirmed.
Click here for previous articles by Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB.
Click here for previous articles by Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT.
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