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Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
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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