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The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Massage in Times of Crisis
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
One of our nation's three major massage therapy professional associations has designated October 21 - 27, 2001 as National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. I'm really pleased that this is one of its ongoing annual programs, as it helps all of us, whether we are association-affiliated or not.This is one project on which I'd really like to see all of the associations collaborate. Obtaining gubernatorial and mayoral proclamations, submitting press releases to national, state and local press publications, radio and TV stations, and performing outreach to shopping malls, industry, government, education and health care facilities provide tangible increases in awareness of the importance of massage therapy to consumers and potential employers. This directly relates to a better lifestyle for all of us.
As I write this column, the news is telling of the tragedy our nation is enduring, putting us in a state of war. By the time you read this, I'm sure tensions will have increased, and the word "catastrophe" redefined. Massage therapy awareness is needed now more than ever. I know that Massage Emergency Response Teams (MERT) will be called into action, and the capability of those teams to provide benefit will likely determine the viability and future of MERT. Those of us not involved with MERT can play an important role in assisting our clients deal with the stresses that inevitably follow crisis. One massage therapist responding on a web-based forum stated, "Now, more than ever, the work is important and I am humbled by the gift of our craft."
I overheard a mother trying to explain this morning's happenings to her five-year-old daughter - in terms that were understandable to the child. The stress in that woman's body while she fretted about how to be truthful yet compassionate to her daughter was readily visible. That woman's massage therapist has an opportunity to make a real difference in her ability to cope.
With few exceptions, massage therapists are known to be caring, compassionate people. Those traits are needed now more than ever. There are, and will continue to be, many Americans in shock, despair and pain. I am confused by my own feelings. In the natural and manmade disasters that have befallen our country since World War II, I have been able to disassociate myself enough to make coping bearable. This egregious act has stricken me harder than the others. Perhaps it is because at various times in my life I have worked in both of the buildings affected. Perhaps it is because I am retired from the military and no longer feel I can be a direct part of a solution. I am most fortunate though, because I have, to the best of my knowledge, no family or friends lost in the tragedy. I found out earlier that my youngest son, who was traveling today, was safe in Newark. Countless thousands of others are not as fortunate as I, and are deeply and personally affected by loss and grief. The power of compassionate touch can aid them through this most difficult time.
Caution is paramount, even in situations where intent is to provide relief and assistance. I suggest contacting the various associations before rushing in to help. The AMTA has MERT coordinators who have been trained in working within the constraints of disaster. ABMP has posted an excellent article on its website, outlining the complexities of combining massage and disaster care. Proceed with caution, but please proceed!
This is an important time to enhance awareness of massage therapy. Not just because our business can use a boost, but also because we can help our country in its recovery. I call on ABMP President Bob Benson, IMA President Will Green, and AMTA President-Elect Carolyn Talley to coordinate the efforts of their respective organizations, such that the impact of more than 100,000 therapists are felt in making the nation aware of the benefits of massage therapy. I hope they are joined by the added strength of the state associations. It's time for National Massage Therapy Awareness Week to become truly national and all-encompassing. Our country deserves no less; massage therapy deserves no less.
Thanks for listening! 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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