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The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
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.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
This issue of Massage Today marks the first anniversary of our publication. I am pleased to say that Massage Today has met most of its first-year goals, and is now the most well-read publication in the massage and bodywork community! I thank all the readers for your continued support and suggestions for improvement; all the authors who have submitted articles for publication; and especially our esteemed columnists, who each month prepare useful, interesting and thought-provoking columns for you, our readers! A year ago, I wrote that Massage Today had brought together a collection of leaders in our field to report to us on their unique perspectives and points of view.My personal feeling is that Massage Today's columnists are the best and most read celebrities in the massage and bodywork community today.
Unfortunately, we had to say thank you and goodbye to two of those columnists. In 2001, both Doc Clay and Whitney Lowe felt the need to stop sharing their thoughts with Massage Today readers. I wish Doc Clay much success with his soon-to-be-published textbook, and Whitney Lowe perseverance and insight as he accepts the gavel as the NCBTMB's new chairman early in 2002. We have all benefited from their contributions, and they will be sorely missed. I hope to see them back in print with Massage Today soon if they feel they are able.
Despite their absence in as we begin 2002, I am proud to have continuing columnists Ben Benjamin; Steve Capellini; Neal Cross; Barbra Esher; Keith Grant; Perry Isenberg; Kate Jordan; Claudette Laroche; Vivian Madison-Mahoney; Cherie Sohnen-Moe; Lynda Solien-Wolfe; Ralph Stephens; John Upledger; and Ruth Werner contributing on a regular basis. In the coming months, I hope to introduce several new columnists to join our existing list of experts. Please remember that all of our columnists have contact information listed at the end of their articles. Be sure to let them know if there are specific issues you'd like them to cover in future columns!
While Massage Today has met many first year's goals, it hasn't always been easy. The road to success has not been without potholes and speedbumps! Some have questioned the publication's motives. I assure you that Massage Today remains true to its purpose of bringing unique, diverse perspectives and points of view into the light of day. My guess is that much of the questioning and scrutinizing comes from a lack of ability to put a "spin" on the articles we've published. In the past, the massage and bodywork community was small enough that the various entities were able to almost completely control the print coverage that mentions them. They now seem to prefer that independent media ignore them entirely or accept their public relations offerings as "news." In my opinion, the massage and bodywork community has grown too much for that to be possible anymore. The community is now large enough that when certifying bodies, professional associations, educational entities and accrediting bodies take action, they affect significant portions of our society. Here at Massage Today, we consider several aspects before determining an article as "news." We first look at whether the item affects a significant portion of the community. If a smaller portion of the community is affected, we measure the magnitude of the effect on that smaller group.
I'm pleased with our news coverage in the past year, and downright proud of much of it. I hope you are, too. My one disappointment in our inaugural year was that I couldn't overcome these suspicions of motive. In my very first column, I wrote: "I will strive to enable [Massage Today] to transcend the animosities sometimes seen among various schools, associations, modalities and experience levels, and will encourage the sharing of divergent perspectives." I think I've done my part - but animosities are still there. I'm going to keep trying!
Drum roll please... . This issue also represents a new beginning for Massage Today. With the January 2002 issue, we've initiated a spa section of Massage Today. You will find our long-time spa contributor, Steve Capellini, in the new section, as well as inaugural spa columnists Robin Zill and John Fanuzzi. Additional impressive columnists will be introduced to you in future months. Providing news of the massage & bodywork and spa communities is a natural progression. The advantages of serving both professions with one publication are obvious:
Because Massage Today includes every massage therapist, bodyworker and spa, it can truly be a place where everyone can discuss issues, share ideas and work for positive change. Inclusiveness creates the trust that serves as the foundation for personal and industry growth. I hope you enjoy the added features! I don't know about you, but I sincerely hope that 2002 has more news, but is less "eventful" than 2001!
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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