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Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
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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