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The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
"'02": The Silver Lining
By Perry Isenberg
There appears to be a general sentiment out there that 2001 can't be left behind quick enough, and '02 can't get here fast enough.
I can't agree more. However, my reason is different than everyone who wants to get past 2001 because, all in all, it was a lousy year.(I know, there was some good stuff, too.)
Bring on '02 -- bring on the silver lining. At a recent seminar, time was devoted to remind the attendees to keep their profession strong, purposeful and effective. Attendees were given a handout that included the following quote from Theodore Roosevelt:
The statement has never been more true. I agree that people should support their respective industry associations. However, my thought is of our country as the association, and we as its members.
There are obvious contributors and contributions: the military; taxes; public and social services; etc. What about the rest of us? What can we do to help that has some meaning? How can we learn from the tragedies of 2001 and turn them into a silver lining?
Do we always need to see "bad" to really appreciate the "good"? Since 9/11, hundreds if not thousands of health professionals made their way to ground zero to help. Companies like ours sent product and financial contributions. But why do we wait? Is it the squeaky wheel that gets the oil?
Day after day, millions of North Americans live in "bad" conditions not necessarily brought on by themselves: disease, hunger, poverty, pain, etc. I'm not sure of this, but I think I heard more money was raised in 30 days as a response to 9/11 than 10 years of efforts to raise money for AIDS, cancer, and other charities. Again, I'm not sure of this, but it would not surprise me if it was true.
Each and every massage therapist who derives personal and/or financial rewards from massage is obligated to do their part to ensure that the industry grows, thrives and improves. When was the last time you attended a convention or conference? When was the last time you shared information with other therapists or the industry via letters to the industry publications?
We need to be proactive. We cannot wait until our respective industries start to weaken before we jump in to help. It may be too late. Unfortunately, we've witnessed a black cloud this year. If we learn a lesson, it should be one of proactive action. How many times do we need to be reminded that if we don't mind the store, the store will not succeed?
The massage profession has never been in such a good place. Don't take it for granted. Embrace and contribute; as Theodore Roosevelt urged, it is our moral obligation.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated, we'll talk again in '02.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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