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Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
News in Brief
Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
Creating Relationships at Southwest Symposium
The month of May brought many interesting activities. As I have said in many previous columns this year, this profession is moving in a very exciting direction. Make sure you are getting involved. If you're not, you just might get left behind.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
December, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 12
Why We Do What We Do
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The" holidaze" is upon us. It is not a time for controversy. It is time for reflection; sharing; joy; reverence; giving; receiving; shopping; gift certificates; and lots of good food! Hopefully you will experience lots of the above.As you shop, don't forget the reason for all the observances that occur at this time of the year.
This has been an amazing year. So much has happened, from the peaceful Maha Kumba Mela, the largest spiritual gathering in the history of the planet, to the events of September 11. Huge contrasts and monumental changes; and yet, through all of this, we are still able to get up each morning and pursue our dreams. We still have the privilege of being in the profession of our choice, and being able to serve those who chose to come to us. Never take this for granted.
At the 2001 AMTA Convention in Quebec City, Canada, a colleague made a comment that I want to share. He said, "Always be grateful and give thanks every time a person gets on your table (or chair), for the privilege of being able to help and serve them. Never forget that you could be spending your time at a 'meaningless' job."
The AMTA convention was a great meeting. Many members of the Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT) attended. Dozens of them had been working in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Their stories were inspiring. Never has massage been more appreciated than at the sites of these disasters. The MERT volunteers who donated their time, skills and energy, working in an incredibly stressful environment, are the unsung heroes of our profession. To all those therapists who participated in the relief efforts, and to all the vendors that supplied them with equipment, thanks for doing all you could to help those in need.
The AMTA is the only organization in our profession that invests its members' dues into programs like MERT. All of AMTA's faults and mistakes fall by the wayside when one effort like MERT is successful. May AMTA's new president, Carolyn Talley, and her new leadership team continue to develop and support MERT and other programs that give professional massage therapist more ways to serve humanity.
It has been a year since Massage Today was launched. It has been an exciting experience to be a part of this publication, and I am grateful for the opportunity. Massage Today is providing a forum for debate of important issues not allowed anywhere else. This debate is necessary and important. When Editor Cliff Korn asked me to be a regular editorial columnist, I told him I had never been a columnist. He said, "No problem, I've never been an editor." He then whispered in my ear, "Insurance," and left me on my own. He has done a great job. I have enjoyed mine. I have especially enjoyed the e-mails from readers, both supportive and otherwise. It is the free exchange of ideas that helps our profession grow and evolve. If I have stimulated some of you to think seriously about the issues of insurance and education, I have been successful. I hope to continue to irritate your grey matter in upcoming issues. Just remember, our professional debates should stay on the plane of ideas, and never descend to the plane of personalities.
As this very unusual year comes to a close, it should be obvious that humanity needs a new focus. It is time to end our focus on disease, poverty and war. Let us all resolve to concentrate on health, prosperity and peace. As the travesties that brought us together as a nation pass into yesterday's news, may our resolve to bring about a better, safer world for all people continue.
Take care of yourselves and strive for health, for as touch therapists, you are desperately needed. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season, and a healthy and rewarding New Year.
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