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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
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.
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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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