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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
San Francisco Hosts Touch Therapy Exposition
By Editorial Staff
The second Anatriptic Arts Expo was held at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, May 3-5, 2002. The expo was hosted by Massage Magazine, the only independent massage therapy and bodywork publication other than Massage Today.
The word anatriptic is the adjective form of the ancient Greek word anatripsis, which literally translated, means "to rub up." The word's origins date from the time of Hippocrates.The expo staff defined Anatriptic Arts Expo as "an exposition of touch therapy arts." Robert Calvert, producer of the Anatriptic Arts Expo, supported by Massage Magazine and its allied organizations, the SpaMassage Alliance and the World of Massage Museum (WOMM), designed the expo as a gathering of the profession's top educators, the industry's leading suppliers of goods, and touch therapy practitioners and consumers.
The event's presenters included: John Barnes, PT - Myofascial Release; Solveig Berggren - Massage for Peace in Schools; Erik Dalton, PhD - Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques; the Esalen Massage Team - Esalen Massage; Peggy Farlow, MspEd - Touch to TEACH; Barry Green, PhD - Body Mind Massage; Paul Herb - Contact Kinetic Art; Lolita Knight - Fijian Massage; Dolores Krieger, PhD - Therapeutic Touch; David Palmer - TouchPro Chair Massage; Elaine Stillerman - MotherMassage®; and Shizuko Yamamoto and Patrick McCarty - Macrobiotic/Barefoot Shiatsu. For attending practitioners, it was also more than worth the eight-dollar price of admission to see the collection of massage objects and materials displayed by the World of Massage Museum (WOMM). The early examples of massage tables and electric devices were a delight to view.
Within an hour of the official opening of the 2002 expo, Robert Calvert told Massage Today Editor Cliff Korn that he had promoted the 2002 expo much more than the 1992 expo, and was expecting a much greater turnout. As time passed, however, it became apparent that attendance was much less than desired. Interviews with exhibitors provided estimates of less than 1,000 attendees over the three-day expo. As the costs to exhibit at the Anatriptic Expo were reportedly much higher than other trade events, there was some expected grumbling, reminiscent of the failed High Tech/High Touch tour of the early 1990s. One exhibitor suggested that the focus of the event was unclear, and that potential visitors might not be sure if it was designed for the trade or for the public.
The first Anatriptic Arts Expo was held in the same location almost 10 years to the day prior to the 2002 expo. In 1992, expo presenters included: Aunty Margaret Machado - Hawaiian Lomilomi; John Upledger, DO - Craniosacral Therapy; John Thie, DC - Touch for Health; Joseph Heller - Hellerwork; Rick Gold, PhD - Thailand Massage; Paul St. John - Neuromuscular Therapy; David Palmer - On-site Massage; Zhenya Kurashova - Wine, Russian Sports Massage; Kay Rive - Aromatherapy and Reflexology; Greg Irwin - Finger Fitness; Cherie Sohnen-Moe - Business Mastery; and Toru Namikoshi - Shiatsu for Health. Expo 2002 producers indicated that the 1992 expo reported attendance of more than 12,000 visitors, representing more than a dozen countries and 65 exhibitors.
It was truly unfortunate that the turnout for this year's event was so low. Approximately 50 exhibitors from across the country invested resources and traveled to San Francisco for the event. The potential for success was high, but exhibitors were concerned about the effectiveness of the event promotion. Some went so far as to call local massage therapists to ask if they were going to attend, and found that many were unaware of this national event being held in their own backyard!
Though the expo may have been viewed as a missed opportunity for professionals, it did seem to have a positive effect on the public. Some were heard to say that they were delighted to find useful information on so many types of hands-on therapies in one place, "with no lines!" As Massage Magazine is one of the few entities in the profession with the clout, recognition and resources to organize an event such as the Anatriptic Arts Expo, one hopes that efforts will be redoubled to promote another event designed to educate the public about the various types of massage and bodywork available.
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