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A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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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