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A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
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!
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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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