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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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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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