resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
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.
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 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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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?
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.
May, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 05
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I just enjoyed a most wonderful Easter weekend. While the religious significance of the holiday certainly does not escape me, this holiday, like most others to me, highlights the opportunity for overworked and overstressed family to gather together.Sitting in my living room were four generations of family. I have two new grandchildren - a 4½-month-old grandson and a 1½-month-old granddaughter. I think my grandchildren spent all but 15 minutes in someone's arms the entire day. Great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles all clamored for the opportunity to hold, cuddle and love those children. The quantity and quality of touch they received on that holiday was delightful to behold - enough so that it caused me to dust off two books in my office library that hadn't seen the light of day in several years.
Please Touch, A Guided Tour of the Human Potential Movement1 by Jane Howard was published in 1970. It is roughly the story of a year of her life spent researching the problem-solving aims of the human potential movement as it applies to our wasting energies building elaborate facades to deceive ourselves and each other, and knowing what we really feel. Ms. Howard indicates that as a result of that wasted energy, we suffer, and so do our social institutions. Her journey finds that schools, churches, marriages, families, governments, police forces, and businesses all could be far more forthright, and consequently far more effective than they are. Certainly the human potential movement had as a major tenet the use of different means toward a common end: changing society by getting people into touch with themselves, and with each other. Massage in America today has strong roots in the human potential movement.
Touching, The Human Significance of the Skin2 by Ashley Montagu has long been the treatise of record on the importance of touch. Dr. Montagu, an anthropologist with a lifelong interest in bridging the gap between the social and biological sciences published Touching in 1971. Before his death, he watched many printing editions and production runs of the book. For those of you who haven't read the book (I think it should be required reading in every massage and bodywork school in the world!), it is an examination of the importance of tactile interaction - touching - on all aspects of human development. The book devotes special attention to the relation of the skin and touching to mental and physical health; the discovery of the immunological functions of the skin; the importance of touching; studies on touch deprivation; the relation between touching and imaging; and the uses of touching in psychotherapeutic situations. Find a copy of this book and add it to your library - you won't be sorry.
Reflecting on these books after observing the touch my grandchildren enjoyed got me feeling pretty lucky about the quality of my own touch experiences. My grown sons are always glad to give their Dad a big hug when we meet, as I was always pleased to hug my Dad before he died. Hugs with my Mother are all the more special now. At home with my wife, I wake up to snuggles and hugs even while the snooze alarm does its thing. I work in an office where we all greet or say goodbye to one another with hugs. I try to be on a massage table at least weekly to get more structured care, nurturing, body rearrangement, comfort and touch.
I guess I find this important because I can't, for the life of me, even begin to understand how anyone with healthy touch in their life could conduct themselves as those who make the news programming today. Is it humanly possible to finish giving or getting a massage and then go blow up yourself and as many people as possible in a public setting? Can suicide bombers be even close to having loving touch in their shortened lives? Dr. Montagu draws ties to touch deprivation and violence in children - isn't it likely that this manifests itself even more greatly in adults? I'm not a social scientist, but I'm not devoid of logic altogether.
As massage therapists and bodyworkers, we likely have an impact on the world that even we cannot fathom. We introduce many who have never had positive touch to the beneficial aspects of touch and acceptance. We probably help ourselves by touching as much as we help our patients and clients by having them receive touch. I cannot help but think that the positive touch my grandchildren receive will be a big factor in their development as healthy, happy, well-adjusted individuals. I cannot help but wish that the world had more positive touch as a factor in its development.
I look forward to going to work every morning - I'm so very pleased that I chose massage therapy as my profession. I'm pleased that you did too!
Thanks for listening!
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.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.