resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
We Get Letters & E-Mail
In Defense of AMTA-MERT
This is in reply to Karen E. Murray's letter to the editor in the December 2001 issue of Massage Today. I was privileged to work at ground zero as a Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT) responder, and felt compelled to write.(Editor's note: The complete text of Ms. Murray's letter was included in our "Helping Hands: More Stories from the Relief Efforts" article, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/12/01.html.)
After my experiences as a MERT member, I would be reluctant to respond to a disaster in any other way. As a trained responder, I know how to work at a disaster site without becoming part of the problem. A strict chain of command must be followed to keep everyone safe. There are considerations when working on rescue personnel in a disaster situation that are very different from the caring for the people we see in our everyday practices, and therapists need to be aware of these considerations to keep the rescuers safe. Insurance is another important consideration when going into a dangerous environment to work, even if you are volunteering your services.
Would you consider approaching the FBI and offering to assist in its investigation, then be insulted when you were turned away? Even if you were a former FBI agent, or had training in investigation techniques, you would be politely (or not so politely) dismissed. The FBI doesn't take people who show up with claims of experience, and a reasonable person would not even expect it. Neither does MERT. An organization must protect itself and those for whom it is responsible. That is why structure is in place to prevent major problems. You were likely asked if you were an AMTA member because training sessions were set up to train as many responders as possible.
You would have been invited to apply. There are considerations as to where one gets one's liability insurance, besides a few extra dollars in cost. Consider that now, and you will be ready to respond the next time (hopefully never!) something horrible happens.
As far as the perceived curtness of the person you spoke to, I can tell you firsthand that everyone involved in MERT deserves praise, not criticism. We got very little sleep, coughed for days or weeks after each trip, and sacrificed hundreds to thousands of dollars in lost income. The organizers worked almost around the clock, and of course, a few mistakes were made. They did an amazing job with the impossible task of keeping track of their own. It is just too much to expect them to keep track of everyone else.
Your heart was in the right place, but no one can just walk into a federal crime scene because they have a generous spirit. That is just reality. I am glad that there were massage therapists working in the area around ground zero, taking care of those that did not have ground zero access. I also am extremely grateful to AMTA's MERT, and the opportunity to safely attend to the needs of the many men and women who barely left ground zero for days or weeks in September and October. It was a life-changing experience, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Monique Trahan, LMT
"Another venue for people of diverse backgrounds to communicate ideas"
Hi, I'm a state-registered, nationally certified massage therapist from Wisconsin. I'm also a member of the AMTA. I'm a little behind the times, but I'm just passing on my opinion of Massage Today.
I like the paper. I don't read all of the columns, but I read most of them. I like the idea that there is another venue for people of diverse backgrounds to communicate ideas to each other. I like the idea that this paper "hits." I like that it receives contributions by professionals who are members of various massage trade organizations; professionals who don't belong to any massage organization; and even members of different health care professions.
I look forward to future editions!
"I encourage others to learn this marvelous art..."
My name is Dorothy Montrose, but my friends call me "Dee Dee." In 1993, I received my massage training in Palm Desert, California, under the direction of Ramona Moody French and her staff at Desert Resort School of Somatherapy. I have been self-employed in the field of massage therapy since that time.
I enjoy my work and am very grateful to Janice, the first therapist I received a massage from when I lay paralyzed in the hospital. (I broke my neck in a severe auto accident in 1986 and was told I would be a quadriplegic the rest of my life. Janice didn't give up on me, and I am 98% recovered today). I believe I owe it to the massage profession to give back as much as I can.
Massage therapy gave me hope and courage to keep trying after the doctors had given up on me! I am devoted to my profession and encourage others to learn this marvelous art of alternative medical care.
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