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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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