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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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 05
Best Ever New England Conference
By Editorial Staff
The 19th Annual AMTA New England Regional Conference was held from March 14 - 17, 2002 in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Host duties for this conference rotate through the six New England states, and the Vermont chapter hosted this year.AMTA-VT President George Glass and Immediate Past President Lindsay Crossman co-chaired the event.
Almost 500 therapists participated in this year's conference that always proves to be one of the country's best. Only the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) and the AMTA national conventions surpass the New England Regional in attendance and size of the exhibit hall, and none surpass the New England Regional in networking opportunities, educational offerings, fun and value! Unlike many conventions/conferences, the New England Regional includes almost all meals in the conference fee! Attendees and exhibitors alike always have wonderful things to say about this event, and many attendees have already reserved rooms at the conference hotel for 2003, as the hotel was a complete sellout this year.
The conference theme was "Massage - The World At Your Fingertips." This international theme was highlighted by the attendance of Melanie Hayden, president of the Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Also from Canada was presenter Grace Chan, RMT, DOMP, co-founder of the Sutherland-Chan School in Ontario, Canada. Grace taught a workshop on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation of the Shoulder.
Other world-class educators included NCBTMB board member Leena Guptha, ND, DO, PhD (Hospital-Based Medical Massage); Denise Borrelli, PhD, LMHC, ATR, NCTMB (Burn-out at Your Fingertips, and Working with Fibromyalgia Syndrome Clients); Tom Myers (Spiraling Into Alignment); Kate Leigh (Enhancement of Massage with Nature's Tools and Aromas); June Lordi (Tai Chi Massage); Bob King (Postural Pain and Foot Pronation); John DiBlasio, MPT (Musculoskeletal Balance and Neural Tension); Don Ash, PT, CST-D (CranioSacral Techniques and Applications for the Massage Therapist); and John Calvi (Massage for Trauma).
The presentation highlight of the conference was keynote speaker John Upledger, DO, OMM, who addressed the audience on "Massage: Self-esteem, Compassion and Violence," and led a workshop in his breakthrough "Cell Talk." Both his keynote address and workshop were standing-room only!
Bob King and Kate Leigh paired up to conduct an Ethics Seminar on Creating and Ethical Foundation for Your Practice. While many ethics seminars involve discussions on money or sexual issues in practice, this seminar spotlighted the power aspects of a massage therapy practice. Bob and Kate skillfully brought the thoughts of the audience out in a safe and nurturing way, and also included much humor in the presentation.
The exhibit hall was always full of shoppers (and browsers). Some new technology was previewed this year, including two manufacturers providing products designed for the comfort of female clients. One exhibited a table with removable breast cutouts, and another had a breast cushion designed to be used on a flat table. Also exhibited was a new table with a free-moving face cradle, allowing for cervical traction with the face completely supported. The exhibit hall provided a great mix of new technology as well as the "tried and true."
The New England Regional Conference is an educational and social event. Comprised of all six New England States, there is no business meeting. Several of the state chapters held individual receptions, and everyone was able to socialize together at a DJ dance and the closing dinner dance.
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