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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.
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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